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Hamlet: A Man Of Many Qualities


Hamlet is a man of many different qualities and he reveals

only certain qualities to certain people. Hamlet draws his

audience, the reader, into noticing the different qualities that he

has. His qualities are shown through his conversations with other

characters as well as through his soliloquies. These words of

wisdom and revealance help to distinguish how Hamlet feels about

each other character that he encounters. The phrases and speeches

that Hamlet addresses are both poetic and piercing. So when Hamlet

is speaking, he is constantly revealing his qualities which range

from love, to respect, to hate. Hamlet's most powerful qualities

seem to be revealed through his conversation with the people that

he cares about, namely his family and friends.


The queen, Gertrude, is hamlet's mother and she is probably

the living being that he cares about the most. Unfortunately, one

of Hamlet's qualities, which is revealed in conversation with his

mother, is a negative one and that is anger. His quality is

displayed through Hamlet's soliloquy in Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 131

161. Hamlet is angry at his mother for marrying a new husband, his

uncle, Claudius, so quickly after his father's death. This anger

shines through in such phrases such as "Frailty, thy name is

woman!"(Act 1,Sc 2, L148) and "Like Niobe, all tears."(Act 1, Sc 2,

L151). At the end of his soliloquy, Hamlet switches qualities from

one of anger to one of fear. This is evident when Hamlet states,

"With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!", and "It is not, nor it

cannot come to good", and finally "But break my heart, for I must

hold my tongue"(Act 1, Sc 2 L157 161). Hamlet expresses his fear

for his mother's hasty marriage. Hamlet realizes that his mother

marrying his uncle can have no good result. Respect is another

quality that Hamlet displays in conversation with his mother. This

occurs when his mother asks him to remain at home rather than

return to school(Act 1, Sc 2, L120121), which he agrees to do.

This shows that although he disagrees with his mother and her

marriage, after such little mourning for her husband, Hamlet Sr.'s,

death, he still respects his mother and will do what she asks.


Later in the act, Hamlet encounters another character who goes

by the name of Horatio. Horatio is a good friend, as stated in Act

1, Sc 2, L163, and the first quality which Hamlet reveals is his

respect for Horatio. In line 176 of Act 1, Sc 2, Hamlet states "I

know you are no truant." This shows that Hamlet knows that Horatio

is Well educated and takes note of that and gives him respect.

This is respect for Horatio's intelligence and decision making.

Hamlet reveals trust as a quality within his character towards

Horatio. This occurs in two places; the first is when he believes

Horatio when Horatio says that he has seen Hamlet's father in the

form of a ghost(Act 1, Sc 2, L193 226). If horatio were not a

good friend, Hamlet might be angered because he might think that

Horatio was mocking him in his mourning. Since Horatio is a good

friend, Hamlet seeks all the information about his ghost story. In

faith of Horatio's honesty. The second occurrence of trust takes

place at the end of Act 1, Sc 5, L129 201).  h) [1] 0*0*0*Ô°


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After speaking with his father's ghost, Hamlet meets up with

Horatio again and asks for him to swear to secrecy, as well as to

be aware of his plan of revenge. This shows This shows that Hamlet

has trust in Horatio, that he need not worry about the news of his

father's ghostly visit in Denmark. A third, less significant

quality that Hamlet reveals when speaking with Horatio is sarcasm,

which occurs in Act 1, Sc 2, L180182, when he questions Horatio's

real reason for visiting his home. When Horatio says that he has

come for the funeral of Hamlet Sr., Hamlet figures that he might

really have come to see the wedding of his mother and his uncle.

So Hamlet slashes out a sarcastic comment, only to be denied by his

good and understanding friend, Horatio. Possibly, this quickly put

together marriage, so soon after the death of his father, has

established a bad seed of sarcasm which could be a quality to which

Hamlet cannot be blamed for at this time.


Loyalty, love and respect are the three main qualities which

Hamlet reveals, so far, of his father's ghost. Respect is shown

when Hamlet decides to follow his father's ghost even with the

pressure of his friends not to follow(Act 1, Sc 2, L6488). Even

though his father is dead, Hamlet still respects him... Dead or

Alive. If his father's ghost has come back to talk to him, Hamlet

is going to respect his wishes. Love, which occurs throughout Act

1, Sc 5, is simply the willingness of Hamlet to listen to what his

father's ghost has to say. Rather than letting the words that the

ghost of his father spoke, go in one ear and out the other, Hamlet

listened carefully and will do anything for him, such as the

revenge hamlet seeked throughout the play. This shows love towards

his father because he'll do anything to honour his father. Third,

Hamlet reveals probably the best quality of the whole play as for

which is loyalty. This loyalty is towards, of course, his deceased

father, and it occurs in the vow to seek revenge on his uncle, the

murderer of his beloved father(Act 1, Sc 5, L3234& 113115).

Hamlet's father wants revenge on his brother and since he cannot do

it himself he has asked his son, Hamlet, to do it for him. Hamlet

agreed to this request and in doing so, he has showed his loyalty

to his hero.... His Father. Hamlet's qualities of love and loyalty

have shown that the barriers between the living and the dead and

indeed be broken with a little spiritual help.

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It is said that actions speak louder than words but in

Hamlet's case, words speak louder than actions, for it is the words

of hamlet that reflect the qualities bestowed on him. In

conclusion, it has been shown that Hamlet has displayed different

qualities with different characters. I feel there seems to be one

common quality which was revealed with each character

encounterment Respect. Hamlet seems to respect his family and

friends through the thick and thin of things because he knows them

for who they are and he knows that mistakes can be made. Most

importantly, Hamlet feels it necessary to respect the people he is

close to in following the choice question of "To Be or Not To Be.."



, William Shakespear). Without character qualities to boost

Hamlet's character, Hamlet would drown in the sea of Shakespear's

many character's and would eventually become "Not to be." Words

and phrases make qualities and qualities are what make great


Done By: Tanya Tugwood




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