Minor characters constantly play significant roles in dramas, novels and movies. Not only can they be quirky or a source of comic relief, they tend to be placed strategically to help further the plot or give necessary background information on the story at large. There is no doubt that the line count does not matter, if the line is three words long, or repeated in the chorus in a musical, minor characters are the back bone of every dramatic production and cinematic sensation. In Shakespeare’s drama The Tragedy of Hamlet: Prince of Denmark it is significant that minor characters not only provide the play with loveable actors, but also give the audience insight on emotions elicited from major characters. Thus, through analyzing the minor characters in this drama, it will
Hamlet Final Essay William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, follows Prince Hamlet who has been tried with the troubling task of seeking revenge for his father’s death. The person that Hamlet must kill in order to achieve vengeance is his uncle, Claudius. Many have wondered why Hamlet hesitates to kill his uncle in order to complete his task and that is the topic of discussion within this essay. Probable explanations for Hamlet’s delay are: his desire to remain in touch with his religion and morals; his need to know the validity of Claudius’ guilt; and his personal indecisiveness and overthinking. The first probable reason for Hamlet’s delay in killing Claudius is that Hamlet wants to follow his religious beliefs and morals.
From the beginning, Macbeth’s intentions are made clear to the reader; he wants power and authority. After hearing that he will become king, Macbeth’s mind immediately turns to the thought of murdering Duncan as demonstrated in his aside where he says, “... Why do I yield to that suggestion / Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair / And make my seated heart knock at my ribs/ Against the use of nature?” (Shakespeare, Macbeth 1.4.134-37). If he were truly a loyal patron, this thought would not last as long as it did in Macbeth’s head, but his ambition transformed him. As Macbeth’s downfall advances he loses his integrity since his vision is clouded by his ambition and maintaining his rule. Macbeth’s mania gets to a point where, “[the Witches] no longer need to go and meet him; he seeks them out.
He swears to complete the Ghost’s request and he makes the guardsmen who saw him talk to the Ghost to swear to secrecy. After this experience Hamlet is conflicted about killing Claudius. He at first has doubts if Claudius is even guilty of killing Hamlet. He sets a play includes a scene that resembles the way that Claudius killed King Hamlet. Claudius leaves the theater at that moment and Hamlet has his confirmation.
Is death worth proving love? In the play Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, all Romeo and Juliet do is try to prove their love to each other. A family feud between the Capulets and the Montagues continues to trail on, making Romeo and Juliet’s love forbidden, until death ends it all. Many are at fault such as: Juliet’s nurse that acts the messenger between the two teens, or Balthazar who goes behind Lord Montague’s back to keep the secret of Romeo and Juliet’s marriage. Nonetheless one person is at most to blame and his name is Friar Lawrence.
The pain that he is experiencing due to his father’s death and his mother’s dalliances can only be resisted by his faith and his belief in better and worse. Hamlet fears a damnation to Hell, and hopes for an easy passage to heaven, yet in a situation that many find hopeless, it is through his faith in God that Hamlet is able to resist the temptations of death. Throughout the play, Shakespeare emphasizes this intense faith that Hamlet possess and how it is a guiding force in many of his choices. Yet lack of faith can be even more telling. “My words fly up, my thoughts remain below;/ Words without thoughts never to heaven go” (Shakespeare,
The town minister, Dimmesdale, is the man who committed adultery with Hester, except he chooses to keep this sin a secret. Hawthorne uses Dimmesdale to represent dimming the light of truth, being dumb about not telling the truth, and the light of his life dimming due to not telling the truth. Hawthorne says, “about this period, however, the health of Mr. Dimmesdale had evidently began to fail … his form grew emaciated; his voice … had a certain melancholy prophecy of decay in it; he was often observed … to put his hand over his heart, with a flush and then a paleness, indicative of pain” (Hawthorne
Since he writes the songs for the characters, each word has a specific purpose. Musical theatre often contains rhyme, but Sondheim’s rhymes serve as emphasis in the play. According to Sondheim, every rhyme, perfect or not, draws “attention to the rhymed word” (Sondheim, Finishing the Hat, xxvii). Since the songs’ words signify a profound amount of meaning, Sondheim makes sure that the lyrics and rhythms work for the character and the actor. “Getting Married Today” in Company demonstrates this particularity.
The author uses Othello’s death to show all of the events that have led to this dramatic disaster. Shakespeare also uses Othello’s death to portray the theme of the power of vengeance. The idea that Desdemona would betray him hurt him deeply, but once Othello realizes he has killed her in vain he cannot live with the pain. After Othello’s death Cassio reminds bystanders that Othello is “full of heart” meaning he embodies love and kindness (V.ii. 776).
Before he dies, Laertes says, “…The foul practice / Hath turned itself on me. Lo, here I lie, / Never to rise again” (Shakespeare 5.2 327-329). He proves Confucius’s proverb true, “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” Laertes attempts to avenge his father’s and sister’s deaths, and he partially succeeds; but not without losing his own life in the process. This is another consequence of seeking vengeance: it ruins you as well. The characters in Hamlet learn how revenge is capable of torturing, ensnaring, and ruining those who choose to partake of