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Courage by definition is state or quality of mind and or spirit that enables one to face danger fear or vicissitudes with self-possession confidence and resolution braveryWord Dictionary In William Shakespeares play Hamlet we compare and contrast the two characters Claudius and Hamlet and study how each does and does not portray courage By comparing Claudius and Hamlet we can see that courageous traits each held according to our world impression and according to Shakespeare We can also see how Shakespeare has shown us what courage is not Hamlet shows courage strongly in one aspect of his personality We can see how he presents himself in a courageous manner based both in contemporary views and in Shakespeares view of courage When Hamlet is confronted with a ghost he immediately shows courage by not being frightened by the ghost He was as hardy as the Newman lions nerve I IV 83 when it came to facing his fathers disturbed ghost He showed courage and bravery telling those who accompanied him to let him confront the ghost alone Hamlet showed no fear We see how Shakespeare shows us his opinion of what courage is again when Hamlet swears to avenge his fathers death Hamlet shows us that true courage comes with determination and drive He feels contempt and resents his uncle for being A little more than kin and less that kind I ii 65 He swears and dedicates himself to avenging his fathers death without being deterred His fathers commandment all alone shall live I v 103 in his life until justice and vengeance are served Shakespeare portrays to the reader in the play Hamlet exactly what is not courageous Hamlet hides behind insanity as a mask for his vengeance With this mask Hamlet feels he will be able to seek vengeance and yet come out without blame or fault to his name He used insanity as a tool since he is somewhat unsure on
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