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Shakespeares Hamlet is known around the world as one of the greatest works of literature This is largely due to its title character Hamlet Hamlet is almost universally considered one of the most remarkable characters in all of literature Boyce 1990 p 232 Shakespeare develops Hamlet using a variety of techniques but one of the strongest is his use of contrasting him with other characters Shakespeare contrasts Hamlet Laertes and Fortinbras to better the development and understanding of Hamlets character Shakespeare creates life-like characters that people could identify with The character Hamlet is the prince and heir to the throne of Denmark He is a young philosophy student and is an emotional thinker He is filled with passion and contradiction and his emotional life develops credibly through the course of the play Boyce1990232 His peaceful existence is shaken and greatly disrupted early in the play His father the king of Denmark dies and Hamlet struggles to grasp his death Hamlets uncle Claudius takes on the role of king of Denmark even though Hamlet is the heir to the throne Hamlets life is further rattled when his mother marries his uncle He is in a state of great grief and bewilderment that his mother remarries relatively quickly and also marries an inferior man his uncle He compares Claudius to her as a rotting ear of corn Here is your husband like a mildewd earBlasting his wholesome brother the recently deceased King Hamlet Have you eyes IIIiv 66-67 Hamlet finds the marriage to be highly immoral Gertrude marrying her dead husbands brother and is appalled by it He compares the marriage to diseased garden full of weeds tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed things rank and gross in nature possess it merely Iii 135-137 Hamlets seemingly happy life is thrown into a state of heavy grief and confusion and it is taxing
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