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Hamlet: Born a prince, parented by a jester, haunted by a ghost, destined to kill a king and be killed for it, and to inherit not a throne but a grave.In The Character of Hamlet from the Hamlet Essay Kit series are: 3 x 1,500-word full sample essays 6 x easy-to-rewrite sections in each sample essay 188 x supporting quotations from the play Here are some short Hamlet: Born a prince, parented by a jester, haunted by a ghost, destined to kill a king and be killed for it, and to inherit not a throne but a grave.In The Character of Hamlet from the Hamlet Essay Kit series are: 3 x 1,500-word full sample essays 6 x easy-to-rewrite sections in each sample essay 188 x supporting quotations from the play Here are some short samples from the three 1,500-word essays on the character of Shakespeare's Prince Hamlet:1 - INTRODUCTION Prince Hamlet is the title character of a play he does not want to be in. His graveside words about Yorick could serve as the prince's own epitaph: "a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy" (5.1). But the theater-loving prince finds himself cast not in a comedy but a tragedy that presents him with a maddening "cudgel thy brains" (5.1) dilemma: how to remove his uncle from Denmark's throne and from his mother's side without himself becoming another Claudius - a usurping villain in this life and a soul damned in the next? 2 - REVENGE AND FORGIVENESS: "ALAS, POOR GHOST!" In the end, Hamlet is both killed and forgiven by Laertes, the avenger Hamlet's obsession with revenge created. And by surrendering Denmark to Young Fortinbras, Hamlet atones for old King Hamlet's land-grabbing sins and grants peace to his restless, "doomed… to walk the night" (1.5) spirit.3 - MADNESS: "LOSING HIS WITS... HERE IN DENMARK" Hamlet's pretense of madness mirrors Claudius' "harlot's cheek" (3.1) impersonation of a legitimate king. His "antic disposition" (1.5) helps him cling to his sanity and provides an outlet for the Elsinore-imprisoned Hamlet to vent his rage and despair. Horatio questions Hamlet's rashnesss but never doubts his friend's sanity.4 - ACCEPTANCE OR ACTION: "TO BE OR NOT TO BE?" In 3.1, Hamlet generalizes his personal circumstances into a universal and timeless dilemma. Should we endure this "calamity... of life" with all its "slings and arrows"? Or "take arms against a sea of troubles" by seeking to change our world for the better? For doing so may endanger more than our lives; it may also damn our souls if we are tempted into committing a wrong to achieve a rightful goal: "Thus conscience does make cowards of us all."5 - TRAGIC HERO, SOCIOPATH, PLAYER: "WHO'S THERE?" There is no 'bedroom scene' in Hamlet. What the closet scene of 3.4 reveals is a mother so lacking in empathy that her son's imminent departure to England has entirely slipped her mind ("Alack, I had forgot"). And an almost sociopathic Hamlet whose response to Polonius' dead body is a cruel pun of "most grave" followed by a dragging away of "his guts."6 - CONCLUSION: "REMEMBER ME" The prince ends the play as his father began it: the victim of a murder disguised as an accident; and then, as a ghost suspended between life and death, fearing he will be forgotten, and the truth forever hidden. "Remember me" (1.5), asked the father; "Report me and my cause aright" (5.2), pleads the son.


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Hamlet: Born a prince, parented by a jester, haunted by a ghost, destined to kill a king and be killed for it, and to inherit not a throne but a grave.In The Character of Hamlet from the Hamlet Essay Kit series are: 3 x 1,500-word full sample essays 6 x easy-to-rewrite sections in each sample essay 188 x supporting quotations from the play Here are some short Hamlet: Born a prince, parented by a jester, haunted by a ghost, destined to kill a king and be killed for it, and to inherit not a throne but a grave.In The Character of Hamlet from the Hamlet Essay Kit series are: 3 x 1,500-word full sample essays 6 x easy-to-rewrite sections in each sample essay 188 x supporting quotations from the play Here are some short samples from the three 1,500-word essays on the character of Shakespeare's Prince Hamlet:1 - INTRODUCTION Prince Hamlet is the title character of a play he does not want to be in. His graveside words about Yorick could serve as the prince's own epitaph: "a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy" (5.1). But the theater-loving prince finds himself cast not in a comedy but a tragedy that presents him with a maddening "cudgel thy brains" (5.1) dilemma: how to remove his uncle from Denmark's throne and from his mother's side without himself becoming another Claudius - a usurping villain in this life and a soul damned in the next? 2 - REVENGE AND FORGIVENESS: "ALAS, POOR GHOST!" In the end, Hamlet is both killed and forgiven by Laertes, the avenger Hamlet's obsession with revenge created. And by surrendering Denmark to Young Fortinbras, Hamlet atones for old King Hamlet's land-grabbing sins and grants peace to his restless, "doomed… to walk the night" (1.5) spirit.3 - MADNESS: "LOSING HIS WITS... HERE IN DENMARK" Hamlet's pretense of madness mirrors Claudius' "harlot's cheek" (3.1) impersonation of a legitimate king. His "antic disposition" (1.5) helps him cling to his sanity and provides an outlet for the Elsinore-imprisoned Hamlet to vent his rage and despair. Horatio questions Hamlet's rashnesss but never doubts his friend's sanity.4 - ACCEPTANCE OR ACTION: "TO BE OR NOT TO BE?" In 3.1, Hamlet generalizes his personal circumstances into a universal and timeless dilemma. Should we endure this "calamity... of life" with all its "slings and arrows"? Or "take arms against a sea of troubles" by seeking to change our world for the better? For doing so may endanger more than our lives; it may also damn our souls if we are tempted into committing a wrong to achieve a rightful goal: "Thus conscience does make cowards of us all."5 - TRAGIC HERO, SOCIOPATH, PLAYER: "WHO'S THERE?" There is no 'bedroom scene' in Hamlet. What the closet scene of 3.4 reveals is a mother so lacking in empathy that her son's imminent departure to England has entirely slipped her mind ("Alack, I had forgot"). And an almost sociopathic Hamlet whose response to Polonius' dead body is a cruel pun of "most grave" followed by a dragging away of "his guts."6 - CONCLUSION: "REMEMBER ME" The prince ends the play as his father began it: the victim of a murder disguised as an accident; and then, as a ghost suspended between life and death, fearing he will be forgotten, and the truth forever hidden. "Remember me" (1.5), asked the father; "Report me and my cause aright" (5.2), pleads the son.

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