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Hamlet Antiheroism has always been an interesting aspect of a character that authors have chosen to illustrate In literature there has been countless antiheroic characters from Randle McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Allie Fox in The Mosquito Coast to others as famous as Robin Hood and By literary definition an antihero is the hero of the play or novel but has negative attributes which separate him or her from the classic hero such as Superman Such negative aspects may include a violent nature use of coarse language or self serving interests which may inadvertently depict the protagonist as a hero since the result of serving those interests may be the betterment of society or an environment In William Shakespeares Hamlet the protagonist Hamlet is depicted as an antihero One main factor which gives Hamlet such a label is that he draws sympathy as well as admiration from the reader since Hamlet feels the pain of losing his father along with the burden and obstacles in avenging his murder Act four places a special emphasis on Hamlets intelligence In scene two Hamlet is very insolent and rude towards Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with such phrases as That I can keep your counsel and not mine own Beside to be demanded of a sponge what replication should be made by the son of a king IV ii 12-14 The reference to the sponge reflects the fact that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are easily ordered by the king and do not have minds of their own Hamlet does not like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern since they are servants of the Claudius Hamlets mortal enemy The reader does not like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern either which causes the reader to side with Hamlet Another incident of Hamlets high intelligence is shown when he Hamlet tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern I am glad of it a knavish sleeps in a foolish ear IV ii
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