Hamley Essay

Hamley Essay

  • Submitted By: N3WT0N15
  • Date Submitted: 03/15/2009 10:34 AM
  • Category: English
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“Various characters die in the play. Consider two of them and discuss how far Shakespeare presented them as victims or perpetrators of their own destruction.”

The main aim of my essay is to show you which characters in the play Hamlet I believe are people who died for what could be said as a good cause and those who died and hadn’t lived up to a good reputation throughout the play.

I came to the conclusion that there were 3 characters who were perpetrators of their own actions and 3 characters who died and I believed were what could be called “good” characters in the play in the sense that what they did in the play leading up to their deaths meant that they died either for a good cause or were just unlucky to die. Thus creating quite a balanced essay I believe. The title of the essay states I will talk about 2 people but I shall talk about 6.

First I shall talk of the perpetrators:

The first person I’m going to talk about is actually a set of characters, but in Hamlet they are always seen together, and this gives you the impression that they have the same type of personality and that they are both seen as almost identical characters. The names of these characters are ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’. Both of these characters are known to be old friends of the main character of the play Hamlet, but this is soon changed because the king, Claudius, orders the pair to get on a boat with Hamlet and to take him to England were he would have been tricked and sent to his death. But Hamlet senses that something is happening, and whilst the betrayers sleep, Hamlet switches the notes and escapes the boat sending Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to their deaths. I classed these characters as perpetrators of their own deaths because I personally thought that they had betrayed a good friend of theirs and taken the words of what seems to be a very demanding and persuasive king .

The next character I thought to of been a perpetrator of their own death is the corrupt...

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