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In Hamlet William Shakespeare develops a tragedy where the characters ultimately come to experience death Similar to JD Salingers Catcher in the Rye the reader visualizes an adolescent protagonist Holden Caulfields rebellious attitude is comparable to Hamlets suspicious motives however Hamlet and Holden Caulfield have different circumstances which spark there unruly outlook1A The fate of the characters relates also to the Greek tragedy Antigone as well as Chinua Achebes Things Fall Apart Shakespeares Hamlet exhibits several themesdoubt and despair love and lust revenge and retaliation Through notions of appearance versus reality William Shakespeares portrays Hamlet as a sympathetic character Hamlet appears particularly sympathetic to the reader because he is a victim of circumstance At the beginning of the play the reader learns that Hamlets father the king of Denmark has died and Hamlets uncle has assumed the throne of Denmark Hamlet encounters a ghost whichresembles his father and explains in detail his fathers death The ghost explains that he Wouldst though not stir in this period now Hamlet here Tis given out that sleeping in my orchard a serpent stung me So the whole ear of Denmark is by a forged process of my death rankly abused But nok thou noble youth the serpent that did sting thy fathers life now wears his crown 1541-48 Hearing these words Hamlet learns how his father actually died Unlike the original appearance that shows up when King Hamlet was snake bitten he was actually murdered The ghost tells Hamlet that King Hamlets brother Claudius murdered him For the serpent that killed him now wears the crown These words from the ghost elicit sympathy from the audience for Hamlet The loss of a father proves to be tragic for most people and that is why the audience is sympathetic to Hamlet His uncle assuming the throne is disturbing to Hamlet because Hamlet suspects Claudius killed Hamlets father Now Hamlet must cope with the loss of
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