Hamlet is a striking character filled with many taunting emotions and personas.
Throughout, Hamlet, the reader explores all of the personas the main character Hamlet exhibits towards other characters throughout the play. Hamlet is a character filled with contradictions and surprises, often times his reactions and feelings change dramatically and there seems to be nothing Hamlet will not say. Hamlet shows his insanity and cruelness throughout the play to a number of different characters. While Hamlet has a few personality faults, his true self does appear, and he does have a good conscious and a heart. There are many different personas Hamlet exhibits throughout the play all of which make him into the witty crazed character that he is. He shows off these personas to different characters including Ophelia, Polonius and many others throughout the play.
Hamlet has many different sides to him as a character. Hamlets insanity runs rampant throughout the play as he directs his nonsense and outbursts at a number of different people amongst him. Hamlet appears to have lost his mind more often than not throughout the play. While talking to Claudius, Hamlet states, “Not where he eats, but where a is eaten. A certain convocation of politic worms are e’en at him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet.
We fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots. Your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service- two dishes, but to one table. That’s the end” (Act 4, Scene 3). Hamlet is trying to tell Claudius that Polonius is dead, the worms are eating his body, Hamlet tries to bring half hearted humor in telling her this.
Hamlet tells her making light of the situation and finding humor in the occurrence, revealing his true insanity. Hamlet often comes off as insane to other characters as well. Hamlet says to Polonius’s dead corpse, “Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell. I took thee for thy better”(Act 3, Scene 4).
Hamlet tells Ophelia dead father, that he has received what he had coming to him, his death is for the better. This shows truely how twisted Hamlet is as he says these words to Polonius’s dead body. Hamlet projects his insanity at those around him all throughout the play.Hamlets cruel ways also play a large part in his character. Hamlet is cruel and mean to many people often times the ones he is closest with. As the play continues, Hamlet’s cruel self is revealed often especially directed towards Ophelia. In this particular scene Hamlet says to Ophelia, “If thou dost marry, I’ll give thee this plague for thy dowry.
Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery, go. Farewell. Or, if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool, for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them.
To a nunnery, go, and quickly too. Farewell” (Act 3, Scene 1). In this one line from Hamlet, the reader can quickly understand Hamlet’s attitude and how rude and cruel he truly is. Hamlet tells Ophelia she needs to be sent away to a nunnery to make better all that she has done. Hamlet is accusing Ophelia and being extremely rude and cruel towards her as he often is.
Hamlet is also cruel when he talks to Gertrude, his mother. Hamlet has a lot of resentment towards her. Hamlet says to Gertrude,”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” (Act 1, Scene 2). In this scene Hamlet is extremely upset by how Gertrude has reacted to the death of her husband, Hamlet’s father. There has been little mourning after his death and she has now quickly married her late husband’s brother, Hamlet’s uncle. Hamlet often speaks down to his mother, he is often cruel and rude to her in response to his haste for her. Hamlet is generally cruel towards people and it can be used to describe one of his many personas.
Hamlet does show his true self throughout the play. Hamlet plays the roll of the insane and cruel character, pulling daring moves throughout the play. However, Hamlet does show his true colors occasionally which make him into a munch less harsh of a person. Hamlet’s soliloquy to himself explains, “I do not know, why yet I live to say ‘This thing’s to do,’ Sith I have cause, and will and strength, and means to do ‘t.
Examples gross as earth exhort me: witness this army of such mass and charge, led by a delicate and tender prince, whose spirit with divine ambition puff’d makes mouths at the invisible event, exposing what is mortal and unsure to all that fortune, death and danger dare, even for an eggshell. rightly to be great is not to stir without great argument, but greatly to find quarrel in a straw when honor’s at the stake. How stand I, then, that have a father killed, a mother stained, excitements of my reason and my blood, and let all sleep, while, to my shame, I see the imminent death of twenty thousand men that, for a fantasy and trick of fame go to their graves like beds, fight for a plot whereon the numbers cannot try the cause, which is not tomb enough and continent to hide the slain? O, from this time forth my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!” (Act 4, Scene 4). This is a major turning point for Hamlet as he reveals his true self. As he watches Fortinbras’ army march through Denmark he catches a glimpse of reality.
He thinks about how many men will lose their lives fighting for a worthless insignificant piece of territory. Hamlet even feels shame when thinking of this.This is vital when discussing Hamlets personas and his true character aside from the craziness. Hamlet also reveals his true self as he admires Horatio for the qualities that Hamlet himself does not possess. He praises Horatio for his virtue and self-control. In the play Hamlet says, “Horatio, thou art e’en as just a man/As e’er my conversation cop’d withal” (Act 3, Scene 2). Horatio’s strength of character is more than Hamlet could image. Hamlet praises Horatio strong mind and wishes he could be as sound minded as him.
Hamlet reveals something that bothers him about himself, he shows off another side that often is not seen throughout the play. Hamlet can be down to earth, and reveals his true self which is not as bad as it seems.Hamlet is a very layered character with many personas, he is a very strong willed person and presents himself this way. Hamlet is an extremely irrational insane character, he is very cruel as well and projects himself this way in terms of how he responds to other people such as Claudius, Gertrude and many other people in Hamlet. However, his true self and the softer side of him is also revealed through out. Hamlet’s character is far from a simple one, however he is very cruel and insane.
Throughout Hamlet the reader is exposed to his many sides and attitudes. Hamlets personas vary yet his true self, insanity and craziness stay prominent throughout the play. Hamlet reveals himself to be a very crazy diverse character.