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In William Shakespeares Hamlet the main character is introduced in a number of ways In Act I of the play Hamlet is mainly established by his words and actions and his predicament They portray Hamlets loyalty intelligence courage his concept of morality and ability to express himself These qualities are also shown through the drama of the play such as the soliloquies One of the main qualities portrayed within Hamlets character by Shakespeare shown by his predicament and his words and actions is his ability to express his feelings about situations One way he does this is by his intelligence and his clever way with words another key quality in his character As the former King - Hamlets father - is dead his Uncle Claudius marries Hamlets mother and takes the place of the King of Denmark Hamlet is disturbed by this incestuous marriage and he displays his disgust with it in front of the King When Claudius refers to Hamlet as my son he retorts A little more than kin and less than kind This sharp remark allows Hamlet to be rude to Claudius in a clever and subtle way He shows his disgust at now being Claudius nephew and stepson - a little more than kin - while also suggesting that he is not kindly disposed towards him Another clever retort towards Claudius is made a second time when the King asks Hamlet why he is so depressed Not so my lord I am too much in the sun With this clever pun Hamlet again shows his disgust at being Claudius son as well as his nephew He also suggests that he is so upset about the situation that he wants to die and to be literally out of the sun This demonstrates Hamlets ability to use his intelligence and express his feelings about the King Furthermore he says this to the King in front of the whole
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