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Karin Bean Professor Jill Toler ENG 102 November 22 2004 In the beginning of the drama Hamlet appears to be a courteous and thoughtful person but as we intensify our reading and try to analyze Hamlets character we come to the conclusion that he is not aware of being actually self-absorbed and ignorant to the fact that his actions can inflict pain on other people Hamlets character changes noticeably in Act V of the drama when he reveals his painful heart and apologizes to Leartes Hamlet is definitely a thinker He has to analyze and think things over before he allows himself to perform any action This characteristic shows when he constantly delays to kill Claudius to revenge his fathers death Hamlet also has the ability to manipulate people in being very skilled in word games He is mostly concerned about getting information out of people to find proof for his fathers murder It seems like his entire thinking and using people encompasses only his personal desires He shows no interest in his environment and is not aware that his self-absorbent way of manipulating people causes them pain and conflict When he kills Polonius Hamlet does not show any remorse or guilt and is ignorant to the fact that he actually drives Ophelia to madness and suicide over the loss of her father When Leartes and Hamlet meet for a fencing match Hamlet has changed He actually apologized to Leartas for causing him pain in killing his father and expresses his feelings That I have shot my arrow oer his house and hurt my brother ACT Vii He shows deep remorse and feels sick in his heart It seems that Hamlet woke up and realized that his ignorance has caused great pain for his friend Leartes In apologizing and admitting his mistake he expresses feelings and displays interest in how Leartes feels He is aware of the pain he inflicted and feels sorry Hamlets
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