Hamlet: Character Analysis

Hamlet: Character Analysis
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Hamlet is the son of King Hamlet and Queen Gertrude. He lived with her mother who was widowed. At the age of 30 years, Hamlet is being referred to as a teenager with irony because his age is past the age of a teenager by far. He was an intellectual, ambassador, and warrior. Claudius poisoned old Hamlet’s ear which resulted in his death. Hamlet’s mother got remarried to Claudius his uncle a brother to his late father. Although, Hamlet attended the weeding he still wore a black gown which signified his mourning mood for his late father. This context will discuss Hamlet’s teenage characters in his great argument for vengeance.

Hamlet has a remarkable psychological oversight for issues in relation to family, friends, and his relationship. He was not yet satisfied with his father’s ghostly views for the death revenge so he delays reacting in perusal for evidence. William Shakespeare uses the act of immaturity and revenge to show how much impairment it can bring.

Hamlet’s vengeance and his contradicting characters

Hamlet has an issue with letting go, especially his father’s death. The fact that the kingdom is being ruled by his stepfather who is his close relative is irritating him. He is disgusted and full of hate towards Claudius when he learned of the key cause of his father’s death. However his character of postponing plans to kill his uncle show from time to time how much of a puppet and unprepared he can be. Bonnet (p.1) states that Hamlet is manipulated by his mother Gertrude and his stepfather when he is easily persuaded at the court. According to Shmoop (70-72) at his age, he cannot define the sex relations between his mother and uncle and his own with Ophelia which contradict his age. He acts like a jealous adolescent when he views Ophelia with the characters of his own mother’s sexual life.

At his age even after seeing the ghost of his father he should have known better than the dead appears afterward due to some reasons. His kin attention to the ghost of his father illustrates the naivety that he had not noticed the adulterous life of his mother and Claudius long before his father died. Hamlet at some point forgets that he is diplomatic he does not consider himself to be capable of making decisions. He lacks the courage to confront his uncle instead he chooses to act more of a mad person in order to find out the evidence and truth of his father’s death. According to Rosenberg (p. 151), the queen has to shield Hamlet like a small boy, she tells King Claudius that Hamlet is insane after causing the death of Polonius.

 Hamlet’s relationship with his mother is seen to give him comfort. He is so attached to the mother who makes him so predictable. Hamlet cannot stand like a man so he has to be sent away following her mother’s word before Claudius. However, the urge for revenge in the play still brings him back to cause more harm than good even to those that he loved. He is not keen to keep others out of danger when he reacts aimlessly and causes the death of others in his revenge. He causes the death of Ophelia, Polonius, Gertrude among others in the cause of revenge. In reference to Shmoop (pg 28), this shows that revenge will always bring more harm than good and that evil will always find evil. 

Hamlet’s diplomacy and the literal age

Hamlet and Ophelia bring their teenage life character in their true obedience to their parents according to Shmoop  (p.80).  At their age, they are expected to rely on their own decisions but they depend on the decisions made by others. Though Hamlet is a grown-up his actions represent him as immature. However, the graveyard scene and his views towards sex and love created a platform for him to behave differently. This explains that at some point he becomes a teenager and in other scenes, he matures and steps up. The most obvious aspect of the writer is to give hamlet the lame controversy in his age and his way of life. Moreover, Hamlet is more vivid in his teenage character than his mature aspect.

 He is the view as a slow-growing youth who is still in his late 20’s. Although he matures up towards the end, his teenage character does not disappear. According to Rosenberg (p. 158), the Queen used to shield him with so much tenderness which questions the real number of his age as a late youth or a late adolescent man. Nevertheless, he has seen a philosopher than an achiever according to Shmoop’s (p.89) “to be or not to be” phrase. In reference to Cantor (p. 23), his killing desire came from the visits of his father’s ghost seeking to revenge Claudius through Hamlet. Hamlet is controlled by his mother, stepfather Claudius, and his late father’s ghost. He does not have full control over matters concerning his love, family, education, and neither the good and bad things that he does in life.


In conclusion, Hamlet is only but a character invented by William Shakespeare. It basically explains how life can be so complicated, the inability to handle issues, and the desire to revenge. Hamlet is designed to operate with maturity however his character is of a teenager. According to Shmoop (p.28), the story is being driven by Hamlet’s great desire to express his character through revenge, love, guilt, and compassion gives birth to revenge from all corners. Bonnet (p.2) suggests that, on the other hand, Claudius is also successful in achieving the death of Hamlet at last in his evil desires through the expense of Gertrude’s death.


In my opinion, his character and vengeance could have been illustrated at a different angle if at all he was mature enough at his age. Although, for any vengeance that took place I am of the opinion that King Hamlet, Gertrude, and Claudius should be blamed.

 Works Cited:

Rosenberg Marvin (1992). The Masks of Hamlet. Delaware. University of Delaware Press,

Shmoop (2010). Hamlet: Shmoop Literature Guide.New York. Shmoop University Inc,

Bonnet Nicholas J. (2010)The Manipulative Nature of Claudius in Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ http://www.studentpulse.com/articles/150/2/the-manipulative-nature-of-claudius-in-shakespeares-hamlet