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Set in seventh century Denmark Hamlet written by William Shakespeare exposes the intricacies of the human mind through his presentation of characters Shakespeare is able to further the dramatic situation of the play by providing foils to Hamlet in the extreme Both Laertes and Ophelia mirror Hamlet but behave in opposite manners in reaction to Polonius death Meanwhile Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are torn between loyalties just as Hamlet The difference between Laertes Ophelia Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Hamlet is that the four supporting characters were more responsive and reacted quicker than Hamlet when making a decision The play Hamlet is a revenge tragedy centered on corruption betrayal murder and insanity Shakespeares presentation of characters adds to the dramatic irony of the play and likewise provides an explanation behind the motives of hisher behavior Through Hamlet Shakespeare is able to present a protagonist by which the audience can relate to Hamlets soliloquies ultimately add to the dramatic irony of the play because the audience knows more than the other characters do Shakespeare portrays Hamlet as an indecisive character After his encounter with the Ghost Hamlet vows to avenge his fathers death However upon hearing the news of his fathers murder it is unclear as to whether Hamlet is truly insane or just playing the part In contrast to his foils Laertes and Ophelia Hamlet seems to travel from one extreme to the other He manages to raise the courts concerns which is obvious when Hamlets sanity is being discussed amongst the characters though each character provides a different explanation for his madness For example This is the very ecstasy of love Whose violent properties fordoes itself And leads the will to desperate undertakings That does afflict our natures Polonius Act II Scene I Lines 102-106 Meanwhile Claudius believes that Hamlets lunacy is misleading when he says Madness in great ones must not unwatchd go Act III Scene II Line 190 Consequently Hamlets insanity creates
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