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The Uniqueness of Hamlet William Shakespeare has created many fascinating characters in his stories over time One of the most intriguing of all is Hamlet who is revealed in the great Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet He is the Prince of Denmark whose father has recently died The throne now belongs to Claudius King Hamlets brother King Hamlets spirit makes two mysterious appearances seen only by guards and Hamlets good friend and fellow student Horatio After the ghost makes a second appearance Horatio tells Hamlet that he has seen a ghost in the form of Hamlets father Curious Hamlet returns to the place of the ghosts appearances to speak with it The ghost reveals to Hamlet the truth to his horrid death These events all affect Hamlet deeply and how he reacts to them gives us insight to his characterization His personality consists of a combination of many differing unique and fascinating traits He is a man of profound sensitivity of great loyalty and of an ever-changing disposition Hamlets ever-changing disposition is one of his most fascinating characteristics He has an unusual ability in quickly shifting his mental attitude This is demonstrated in his alleged madness because he does behave somewhat maniacally only to become perfectly calm and rational an instant later In the first act Hamlet appears to be straightforward in both his actions and thought When questioned by his mother Gertrude about his melancholic appearance Hamlet says Seems madam Nay it is I know not seems 1276 In other words he is saying that he is what he appears to be When left alone Hamlet goes on to voice his bleak thoughts of unhappiness and suicide however when Horatio enters the room Hamlet lightens up immediately at the sight of his beloved friend Previous to Horatios entrance Hamlet speaks in his first soliloquy in which he strikes a note of despair and shows us that he is restrained from suicide only by the laws of
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