Hamlet and the consistancy of the charchter Hamlet Essay

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Harrison Friday Mr. Lamb 1/25/09 English 11 Honors Hamlet, in regards to the consistency of the character Hamlet is not nessicaily a flawed one but just an overly complicated one. There are so many drives and emotions pushing him in different direction that he eventually becomes misunderstood. Luckily with a large amount of thinking on the perplexing motives of Hamlet, one can certainly figure out that Hamlet character is a constant one, changing only in small and necessary ways. Hamlet, in most respects is just a product of his environment, contrary to the popular belief of Hamlet being a product of a poor character development. According to many writers and scholars Hamlet changes from a slightly melancholy character into a gloomy depressed character. This idea can simply be revoked by a comparison of two quotes, one being expressed as early as Act I, scene one of the play, “how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world” (Shakespeare 26). The other in Act IV, "I must be cruel, only to be kind: Thus bad begins and worse remains behind" (Shakespeare 232), from these two quotes we learn that hamlet has not changed at all from the beginning of the play in terms of depression. In actuality he has just been more expressive about his feelings then he did in the beginning of the play which of course is more of an environmental change than a character change. Hamlet, presents a character that is not only consistent but a character that, when carefully analyzed can actually show the genesis of a whole new revolution, a revolution that will not bring about popular approval for about three-hundred years, Psychology. Psychology, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is the science of mind and behavior or the mental or behavioral characteristics of an individual. Without Shakespeare even knowing it Hamlet brought upon an

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