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Why Hamlet is a Hero A literary hero is someone who displays feats of nobility along with courage In William Shakespeares Hamlet young Hamlet is obviously the hero of the play Stranded in the middle of a court full of corruption faced with his fathers death and his mothers almost immediate remarriage Hamlet somehow comes out of it a hero in the readers minds It is his courageousness and nobility that lead him through his revenge virtually unscathed by the corruption of the court Hamlets courageousness is shown through many aspects After being given a mission of revenge by his late fathers ghost young Hamlet not only accepts it but also expands the mission to include purifying the whole court He believes that his mission is not only to kill Claudius but to kill corruption as well Though he does not consciously announce his goal to root out the corruption in the court it can be seen through his reactions after killing Polonius and manipulating the deaths of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern His reaction upon realizing that he had killed Polonius was not one of utter shock or one of regret instead Hamlet proclaims farewell to the wretched rash intruding fool IIIiv33 Also Hamlet tells Horatio that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are not near his conscience Vii58 even after he has ordered the killing of the two Even though Hamlet may sound cold and heartless it is not so because in Hamlets perspective he was merely trying to rid the court of corrupted fools as it is part of his scheme of purifying the court Hamlets murder of these three characters reflect great courage because by doing so he had to overcome his religious belief that murder is a sin and live up to the challenge of purifying the court Not only does Hamlets courageousness show in his mission of revenge it is conveyed in other incidences in the play He is not afraid to
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