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What a tragedy

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1 Prince of Denmark, protagonist
2 Melancholy, bitter, cynical, full of hatred for his uncle’s scheming and disgust for his mother’s sexuality.
2.1.1 Hamlet's uncle
2.1.2 Driven by his sexual appetites and his lust for power
2.1.3 Villain of the play
2.1.4 Occasionally shows signs of guilt and human feeling—his love for Gertrude, for instance, seems sincere.
2.2.1 Shallow, weak woman who seeks affection and status more urgently than moral rectitude or truth.
2.2.2 Hamlet's mother
2.2.3 Loves Hamlet deeply but is married to Claudius
2.3.1 Claims to have been murdered by his once brother Claudius
2.3.2 Not entirely certain whether the ghost is what it appears to be, or whether it is something else. Hamlet speculates that the ghost might be a devil sent to deceive him and tempt him into murder, and the question of what the ghost is or where it comes from is never definitively resolved.
2.3.3 CHARACTERS CONTINUED POLONIUS Father of Ophelia and Laertes Mistakenly gets killed by Hamlet OPHELIA Whom Hamlet has been in love with Sweet and innocent young girls who obeys her brother and father. Dependent on men to tell her how to behave, she gives in to Polonius’s schemes to spy on Hamlet. She drowns Hamlet uses her? Says that he loves her then treats her kind of like she's nothing. "Get thee to a nunnery!" He's basically saying that no one wants her and that she might as well go be a nun to fulfill a purpose because being Ophelia sure isn't one LAERTES Passionate and quick to action, Laertes is clearly a foil for the reflective Hamlet. Tries to kill Hamlet with the poison on his sword and succeeds, only for that to backfire because Hamlet use the same dagger on him
3 Often indecisive and hesitant, but at other times prone to rash and impulsive acts.
4 Hamlet feels a responsibility to avenge his father’s murder by his uncle Claudius, but Claudius is now the king and thus well protected. Moreover, Hamlet struggles with his doubts about whether he can trust the ghost and whether killing Claudius is the appropriate thing to do.
5.1 To be or not to be that is the question...
5.1.1 Legitimacy of suicide in an unbearably painful world
5.1.2 To live or not to live?
5.1.3 He compares death to sleep and thinks of the end to suffering, pain, and uncertainty it might bring,
5.2 O, my offence is rank it smells to heaven..
5.2.1 When Claudius confesses that he did steal his brother's crown
5.2.2 Proof that he's power hungry
5.2.3 He knows he's sinned but he feels as if he's already gained a lot and it not willing to lose what he has from his kingdom to his woman
6.1 Guildenstern and Rosencrantz were basically spies for Claudius and ended up dying because Hamlet found out that there was a plan to kill him and Hamlet himself later on switched the letters on their way to England.
6.2 Claudius is very persuasive
6.3 Hamlet starts to go a little insane, but has stated that it was only pretend but was
6.4 (Kind of important but wasn't important enough to be put into the movie)
6.4.1 Fortinbras's father was killed for the land that Hamlet's father got to take over when they were in a duel. Fortinbras during this whole play plans to take the land back because he feels that it's his. At the end of the play Fortinbras' does get his land back, not only that but he is now King of the WHOLE land.
6.5 Hamlet creates a play that's called "Mouse Trap" to see if Claudius gets any reaction from it. It's based off of what The Ghost told Hamlet how the murder went down with name changes and a rhyme scheme.
6.5.1 Hamlet does get a reaction from Claudius and know then and there that Claudius killed his father.
6.6.1 Gertrude: "These words are like daggers... speak no more!" Hamlet takes out his anger on his mother and Ophelia but when he's alone with his mom in the bedroom after killing Polonius on accident, he speaks the truth to the point where Gertrude can't take it anymore.
6.6.2 Claudius: "Tis unmanly grief" Claudius is insulting Hamlet because he can't seem to get over his father's death and his mother's remarriage.
6.6.3 Laertes: "Will cut his throat in the church!" Claudius has turned Laertes mad and he will do anything to get rid of Hamlet.
7.1 Our friend and Hamlet's best bud
7.2 In the end of the play Horatio wants to kill himself as well but Hamlet said, "No! Live to tell MY story."
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