In William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, there are foil characters to the main protagonist of the story, Hamlet. Foil characters are secondary characters who contrast the main character of the story in order to emphasize certain traits or characteristics of the protagonist. In the play, Hamlet has two foils, Laertes and Prince Fortinbras, who both contrast some of Hamlet’s character traits in order to highlight their importance to the events of the play. The foil characters reveal to both the audience and Hamlet the difference between his mentality and actions to that of Fortinbras and Laertes’. Act 4 underlines the main differences between Hamlet and his foils; the foils inspire Hamlet to take his own course of action and avenge his father’s death.
Hamlet is William Shakespeare 's renowned tale of mystery, intrigue, and murder, centered on a young misguided prince who can only trust himself. Some may say that the actions of Prince Hamlet throughout the play are weak and fearful, displaying a tendency to procrastinate and showing an apathetic nature towards his family and peers. Others spin a tale of a noble young scholar, driven mad by the cold-blooded murder of his father by his uncle. In truth, I believe Hamlet is neither of these things. Hamlet is a sort of amalgamation of the two, a bundle of contradictions thrown together into one conflicting but very human mess of a character.
Hamlet Was No Tragic Hero As written and performed by many Greek stories, a tragic hero is an archetype that many apply to the play Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare. In the play, the character Hamlet is on a mission to avenge the death of his father by killing his uncle, Claudius. This eventually leads him down a road he doesn’t want to be on and tragically dies in the end, along with claudius, his mother, Gertrude, and his dead ex girlfriend's brother, Laertes.
Hamlet is a story about revenge and power, due to the recent death of the King of Denmark. The following events include madness, which leads to Hamlet killing King Claudius’ advisor, Polonius. Word about the death of his father got to Laertes who was in England. Laertes returned to Denmark to find his sister distraught and drove to madness. Shortly after his return, Ophelia is found dead by the cause of drowning.
Hamlet's detrimental characteristics, lead to killing several people in the play, which Ophelia dies from suicide, accidently killing Polonius, also he kills Claudius out of revenge. For instance, Hamlet’s murder of Polonius might have had some melodramatic shock value. Despite, a murderer of his father, killing someone out of dispute is depravity and immature, “ hamlet kills Polonius, mistaking him for Claudius…” However, Hamlet's obstacle in life gave him excuse to not take responsibility and disregard his moral standing. Although, Hamlet took irrational action against Polonius through impulse, unintentionally kills him, yet does not feel remorseful.
This quote takes place in Act IV Scene iv in which Hamlet is just about to board the boat that is to take him to England with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. This event takes place following Polonius’ murder by Hamlet as an attempt on Claudius’ part to get rid of him. Moreover, this quote is taken from one of Hamlet’s soliloquies preceding his boarding onto the boat. This passage serves to develop theme through how it portrays Hamlet’s indecisiveness furthering the theme of The Uncertainty of Action. One can see this through how in the quote Hamlet is questioning things such as why he can still say that he has not done it, and begins to wonder if it is fear or wisdom that is stopping him.
In Hamlet by William Shakespeare there are several characters who appear or are discussed briefly. These characters become somewhat forgotten as the play progresses, but in many senses these characters literally set the entire play in motion. Such as king Hamlet’s ghost telling Hamlet about his treacherous murder or the ever looming presence of young Fortinbras which keeps the entire kingdom in a state a fear and war mongering. While these characters both have an impact on the events in the play, the most influential of which is by far the ghost of King Hamlet. His disclosure to Hamlet about his duplicitous murder fueled the young heartbroken and mentally weak Hamlet into a state of fury which set the degenerative scenes of the play to follow.
Prince Hamlet is in shock to know his mother Gertrude has already remarried, prior to having been summoned back to Denmark from Germany to attend his father’s funeral. The queen had been married to Claudius, the late king’s brother, and the usurper to the throne. A ghost walks in the walls of Elsinore Castle in Denmark on a dark winter night. It was first discovered by a pair of watchmen, then by Horatio, a scholar. The ghost resembles the late King Hamlet.
In William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the authors show the development of individuals and perspectives, as a result of exposure to outside events and internal struggle. Since changes are often subtle, both authors use the literary device known as foil characters-- a character that contrasts with the protagonists, to highlight specific temperaments or qualities. The protagonists, of both works, have widely different interactions with the foil characters; in Hamlet, Laertes and Hamlet, are mismatched and create conflict. Alternatively, they can compliment the protagonist, such as Jane Bennet to Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Shakespeare and Austen use the foil characters to highlight the protagonists'
Hamlet, a Shakespeare play, is a classic tale featuring revenge, ambition, tragedy, and deceit. The main character, Prince Hamlet, son of King Hamlet who was recently murdered is contemplating whether or not to avenge his father's death and kill Claudius who is now king and also his uncle and the murderer. The whole play evokes a terrible tragic end in which everyone is slain. Foil characters are used to constantly compare the actions of Hamlet and the possible actions of other characters if they were put in his situation. This helps makes Hamlet's character more three-dimensional and makes it more appealing to the audience.