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In literature there are countless antiheroic characters However Anitheroism is an exceptional characteristic for authors to portray in characters which makes this trait so unique and fascinating In the literary dictionary an antihero is defined as the hero of the play or novel but has negative attributes which separate him or her from the classic hero Such negative aspects may include a violent nature use of coarse language or self serving interests which may inadvertently depict the protagonist as a hero since the result of serving those interests may be the betterment of the society or environment In William Shakespeares Hamlet the protagonist Hamlet is depicted as an antihero Hamlet draws sympathy as well as admiration from the pain of losing his father along with the burden and obstacles in avenging his murder Act four places a special emphasis on Hamlets intelligence In scene two Hamlet is extremely insolent and behaves in an ill-mannered fashion towards Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Hamlet says to them That I can keep your counsel and not mine own Beside to be demanded of a sponge what replication should be made by the son of a king IV ii 12-14 The reference to the sponge resembles their helplessness and powerless status Both Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are easily manipulated and taken in by foolish manifestations They are excessively obedient to the king and in truth do not have minds of their own Hamlet despises Rosencrantz and Guildenstern mainly because they are servants of Claudius Hamlets uncle and mortal enemy Another incident of Hamlets high intelligence is illustrated when Hamlet tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern I am glad of it a knavish sleeps in a foolish ear IV ii 24-25 This statement leaves Rosencrantz and Guildenstern more or less confused Hamlet is evidently wiser than the two of them combined and is capable of toying with their minds Hamlet has an excellent command of the language and because of it is often difficult
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