Dynamic Character In Hamlet

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Of all the characters in Hamlet, the most dynamic and interesting character is Hamlet. From his good qualities to his bad qualities, Hamlet epitomizes a tragic hero. The characteristics that make Hamlet who he is are also the ones that lead to his tragic death at the end of the play.
Hamlet is passionate about his family, which is a good and a bad quality. From the beginning of the play, Hamlet displays complete grief over the death of his father. Even after everyone around him has moved on, Hamlet is still grieving. Hamlet’s reaction to his mother’s betrayal further proves that he is most passionate about his family. If he didn’t care about them, then his mother’s remarriage so soon after his father’s death wouldn’t have bothered him, but it clearly does. Hamlet believed in the love between his father and mother, and seeing Gertrude
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He questioned every decision he made excessively. Although Hamlet agreed to take revenge on Claudius, he wasn’t fully committed to it. He had to consider every option to determine his course of action. In one way, Hamlet didn’t want to murder Claudius because murder was the reason he wanted revenge. However, he murdered Polonius impulsively. Hamlet’s inability to make decisions properly led to his impulsive actions, which caused the death of the people he cared about. He had many opportunities to kill Claudius and complete his revenge before anyone else died, but he refused to act. Hamlet himself realized that and said, “But I am pigeon-liver 'd and lack gall / To make oppression bitter.” Hamlet didn’t feel he was capable of righting the wrong Claudius committed. If Hamlet had accepted Claudius as king and forgiven his mother or had completely committed to carrying out revenge, the play would have ended much differently, but Hamlet’s indecisiveness presented him from doing either. Hamlet’s death was a direct result of his indecisiveness, which makes him a tragic hero and Hamlet a
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