Literary Analysis: Conflicting Personalities In Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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Jordan Johnson
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Hamlet Literary Analysis
Conflicting Personalities In the play “Hamlet”, written by William Shakespeare, King Claudius and his step son Hamlet had a great amount of tension between each other. Most of the tension was brought from Hamlet. Based on several events that occurred throughout the play, we can see that the King’s personality illuminated the actions of Hamlet.
It seems that the King’s personality provoked Hamlet to make the decisions he did. For instance, the reason Hamlet killed Claudius was because Claudius had a violent personality which leads to him killing King Hamlet. Also, his self centered attitude leads him to embarking in the incestuous relationship he had with Gertrude. That bothered hamlet quite a bit. Hamlet expresses his disapproval of the relationship multiple times. One instance of his disapproval is in Act 1, Scene 2 of Hamlet, this is when Hamlet says” That he might not beteem the winds of heaven Visit her face too roughly.—Heaven and earth, Must I remember? Why, she would hang on him As if increase of appetite had grown By what it fed on, and yet, within a month— Let me not think on ’t. Frailty, thy name is woman!— A little month, or ere those shoes were old With which she followed my poor father’s body, Like Niobe, all tears. Why she, even she— O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason Would have mourned longer!—married with my uncle, My father’s brother, but no more like my father Than I to Hercules.

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