The article aims to explain the struggles that Hamlet faced during the whole play.

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English 102

Mrs. Kronbeck

November 21, 2016

Character Study of Hamlet

Ghose, Indira. “Jesting With Death: Hamlet In The Graveyard.” Textual Practice 24.6 (2010): 1003-1018. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 Nov. 2016. 48960b33168b%40sessionmgr120&vid=4&hid=122

The article aims to explain the struggles that Hamlet faced during the whole play. One of the struggles highlighted is with death and his desire to understand it and ultimately control it. It isn’t until Hamlet realizes the futility of mankind to resist the inevitable impending doom that lies ahead of all living things that he becomes complacent with his role in life. The article also aims to explain how issues of identity plague Hamlet in his pursuit of meaning. The author of the article argues that Hamlet is consumed by the idea of the afterlife and that all his decisions in the play are a result of it. A professor from the University of Fribourg in English literature, the author is neutral in assessing Hamlet for both his good qualities and his bad ones. I will use this article to show some of the sympathetic aspects of Hamlet, especially to illustrate the many ways that Hamlet compares to the rest of the characters in the story. He is ultimately the most sympathetic because his actions are layered in noble qualities.


Jenkins, Ronald B. “Prince Hamlet And The Problem Of Succession.” Anq 28.2 (2015): 63-67. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 Nov. 2016. 48960b33168b%40sessionmgr120&vid=7&hid=122

The article makes the argument that Hamlet is not a character of noble intentions and that his true intentions are to be the king of Denmark. Jenkins also argues that Hamlet’s erratic behavior makes him unfit to be the ruler of Denmark and that Claudius is actually more fit to be the ruler. The source is reliable because the author is a professor of literature at Georgia College and State University. The author doesn’t seem to be a fan of Hamlet as a character, and is very keen in exposing the many ways that Hamlet is a flawed character in the play. This article is useful to my paper because the author points out certain flaws in Hamlet’s character. However, I will try to debunk his assessment of Hamlet. I will use the information from other sources to help counter some of the arguments made in this article, specifically the part that argues that Claudius would be a better king than Hamlet.


Levy, Eric P. “The Mind Of Man In Hamlet.” Renascence 54.4 (2002): 218. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 Nov. 2016. 42a42a1e69ad%40sessionmgr4008&vid=5&hid=4203

The article is an exploration in the complexities of reason and identity. The article argues that there exists a dichotomy in the processes of thought and action and that Hamlet is a prisoner to his thoughts and the paradoxical rabbit hole that leads him to inaction for most of the play. Hamlet for most of the play is trying to control his emotions with thought but his thoughts revolve around his emotions. In conclusion, Hamlet becomes a victim to his over thinking that ironically culminates in rash behavior. The author of the article in an English professor at the University of British Columbia and has authored many papers in literary criticism and focuses on the essence of thought and how it pertains to Hamlet and his actions in the play and does not stray away from that singular focus. The author does not show a biased view one way or the other towards Hamlet. This article is useful to my paper when I argue that Hamlet is a sympathetic character. I will be using this article throughout my essay at different points to explain and make sense of some of Hamlet’s volatile nature in the play.


Lewis, Rhodri. “Hamlet, Metaphor, And Memory.” Studies In Philology 109.5 (2012): 609-641. Religion and Philosophy Collection. Web. 21 Nov. 2016 48960b33168b%40sessionmgr120&hid=122&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY2 9wZT1zaXRl#db=rlh&AN=85404151

The article focuses on a theory based on the second soliloquy of the play that Hamlet deep inside is not a bad person, but instead he is put in a situation that consumes him and turns him into a unlikable character. The second soliloquy of this play is important because Hamlet says a lot of things that can easily be interpreted as his dislike for the life he is burdened with. The author argues that Hamlet is not about one person trying to get revenge on another person, but instead it is an exploration in the depths of someone’s mind that has done something bad or is planning on doing something bad. The author takes a clinical approach and diagnoses Hamlet’s mental state with modern knowledge of mental health. The biggest flaw with the article would be that it uses a single soliloquy as its main source of argument but the play as a whole is incorporated as evidence of its point. The bias of the article lies in the fact that it is pro Hamlet. The author is reliable because he is a professor of literature at the University of Oxford. This article is useful to my paper because it will help me prove that Hamlet is indeed a sympathetic character when you read the depths of his words carefully. I will use this article to show his noble and loyal characteristics are at the heart of his character and his unlikable characteristics are a product of his unfortunate circumstances.


Wilks, John S. “The Discourse Of Reason: Justice And The Erroneous Conscience In Hamlet.” Shakespeare Studies (0582-9399) 18.(1986): 117. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 Nov. 2016. 4722-9c72- 48960b33168b%40sessionmgr120&hid=122&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY2 9wZT1zaXRl#AN=7167108&db=aph

The article is an examination of the moral conundrum that Hamlet faces in the play. The author argues that the erroneous expectations of virtuosity that are placed on Hamlet in the midst of a very immoral act are absurd. Wilks argues that Hamlet’s volatility should not be interpreted as his moral or characteristic shortcomings but instead as a product of the circumstances he is put in. All in all, Hamlet is paralyzed by his conscience and burden of revenge. The author of the article is an author of many books that have to do with conscience and historical text. The goal of the author is to represent an interpretation of Hamlet that is centered on the paradox of conscience and passion that exists in the play. The author’s bias is towards justifying Hamlet’s dislikable characteristics. The source is going to be important in my essay because it will aid me in showing that despite Hamlet’s unlikable qualities he is a character to sympathize with. I will be utilizing the overall idea that many of Hamlet’s unlikable qualities are a product of his most likable ones.

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