Also, when Claudius was on his knees, trying to ask God for forgiveness, Hamlet could have killed him and get his revenge but he doesn’t take on this opportunity.
So far as I know, it's the first time this theme -- now so common -- appeared in world literature.Hamlet, our hero, is the son of the previous king of Denmark,also named Hamlet ("Old Hamlet", "Hamlet Senior" as we'd say),who has died less than two months ago.
(Thanks to Hamlet, "foil" has come to mean anycharacter who contrasts with the hero, showing up what kind of person the hero is.)Hamlet apologizes to Laertes, and blames his distractedmental state -- he wasn't himself.
Hamlet says life itself is short ("The interim is mine, / Anda man's life's no more than to say 'One'.")Osric brings Laertes's challenge, Hamlet accepts.
Horatio (who seems more inclined tofaith in God than do the other characters) agrees: "That ismost certain." Since this doesn't make perfect sensewith the plot, Shakespeare probably placed it here forphilosophic reasons, especially given what is about to happen --coincidences ("Providence"?)are going to work events out for Hamlet's cause.
However, in the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare and the novel Fifth Business by Robertson Davies, the secondary characters Horatio and Dunstan Ramsay respectively both play a crucial role in the fulfillment of “Fifth Business”.
This technique helps to reveal Hamlet’s true character, expressing emotions that the audience cannot see through his interactions with other characters.
His character does however change and we clearly see how his evilness and weakness increases as his need to escape discovery and his clandestine nature in doing so, is revealed. It is in Act one scene two that we are first introduced to the character of Claudius.
Ophelia intrigued me as a character, while reading Hamlet I was thinking to myself, was what happened to Ophelia too much for her to handle, or was she this unstable person all along and never really had anything happen to her to help trigger her madness until now....
The start of Ophelia’s madness is contributed through examination of her relationships, and soon adding up the the loss of her loved ones, her father Polonius, her brother, Laertes, and her lover Hamlet.
LaMar in “Hamlet: A Man Who Thinks Before He Acts” explain the popularity of the protagonist of Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Much of the delight of modern readers, of course, comes from the study of the characters of the principal figures in the play, for Shakespeare has presented them in three-dimensional vividness.
In William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, the character Fortinbras, Prince of Norway, is portrayed as this central character hoping to reclaim the land Denmark that his father lost in battle to Hamlet Sr.
If a modern man is not called upon, as Hamlet was, to avenge a murdered father, he nevertheless must face crises in his own life that remind him of Hamlet’s dilemma [....
Gooch in "Review of The Shapes of Revenge: Victimization, Vengeance, and Vindictiveness in Shakespeare," presents as a victim Gertrude’s closest woman friend in Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Harry Keyishian rightly recognizes that distinction between various manifestations of revenge is crucial in coming to terms not only with many of Shakespeare’s characters -- and some were notable and clearly nasty avengers of perceived yet unsubstantiated wrong -- but also with his social and moral milieu....
Contemporary readers who are puzzled by thisshould remember that inHamlet's era (and Shakespeare's), a father wouldprobably get less money from his futureson-in-law if his daughter was not a virgin.