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A persons linguistic range and style is often a powerful reflection of that persons nature it is important to examine these qualities carefully in order to understand the true personality of a literary character In the case of William Shakespeares Hamlet words and language are especially revealing about the real nature of the characters and the hidden meaning behind their words Shakespeare skillfully merged dramatic form and linguistic variety using words and language to convey the unique qualities of each character Hamlet more than any other character acts as the true voice of Shakespeare because Hamlet and Shakespeare share many common characteristics For example both are full of high enthusiasm and intelligence both are creative and tortured by the depths of their emotions These qualities are depicted through both the authors and the characters choice of words However the primary difference between them is that Shakespeare is extremely adept at expressing his true emotions on paper while Hamlet is not so easily able to express himself verbally For example he feigns indifference towards Ophelia despite his obvious passionate feelings for her while contradictions between what Hamlet says and what he feels are frequent An illustrative instance is the meeting with Ophelia while his uncle and Polonius are eavesdropping behind a curtain Hamlets affection for Ophelia has already been recognized and his complete rejection of her and what has transpired between them is an obvious attempt to use his words as weapons It is almost as if he has a quiver full of insults which he pulls out as an archer would take out an arrow firing it with decisive aim and conviction Yet because his words are so far off target from his emotions they essentially die in midair We must also take into consideration that when Shakespeare makes a statement that refers to something we only know by description the statement he intends to make
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