Was Hamlet the Protagonist or the Antagonist

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"As a protagonist, Hamlet has many flaws that contribute to his downfall." In what ways is Hamlet an antihero? An antihero is the 'hero' or 'heroine' of a play or novel that has negative qualities that separates him or her from a typical hero such as Superman. In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the protagonist, Hamlet is depicted as an anti hero. He has the good traits and flaws of a typical hero such as loyalty and intelligence. Hamlet's negative features include his rudeness towards others and his violent nature. To be a good antihero, the audience must also have sympathy for the character. Also, Hamlet's main flaw, which inevitably leads to his downfall, is his procrastination towards killing Claudius. As an anti hero, Hamlet's good traits, loyalty and intelligence are seen throughout the play. Hamlet shows his loyalty towards his father when he sees his ghost. The ghost tells Hamlet that he was murdered and he requests that Hamlet seeks vengeance for his death. Hamlet agrees. "Haste me to know't, that I with wings as swift As meditation or the thoughts of love May sweep to my revenge." (Act one scene V pg 45) An example of Hamlet's intelligence occurs when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern question him about the location of Polonius' body. Hamlet is clearly smarter than the two of them when he makes the statement: "A knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear." (Act four scene I pg 100) Hamlet is saying that his clever or, some what, offensive speech was wasted, and has no effect on a listener who does not understand. Hamlet also uses his intelligence to be rude and impertinent towards Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with the statement which they did not understand: "That I keep my counsel and not mine own. Besides, to be demanded of a sponge - what replication should be made by the son of a King." (Act four scene II pg 100) The reference to the sponge reflects the fact that

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