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Shakespearen DramaHow is your personal response to Hamlet shaped by the interaction...

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mygameuplay | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM via web

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Shakespearen Drama

How is your personal response to Hamlet shaped by the interaction of characters in the play?

If you could give 1 or 2 paragraphs, it would be great. If you do, then could you say if its from the introduction, body or conclusion. 

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM (Answer #2)

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While I can't write your essay for you, I can say that Hamlet's interactions with many other characters, particularly Polonius, demonstrate how clever and quick-witted he is. The exception might be Ophelia. He is often witty and flirtatious with her, but is also extremely frustrated that she does not return his love. I also find his scene with Gertrude (after he has killed Polonius) to be one of Shakespeare's most gripping passages.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 3, 2012 at 8:44 PM (Answer #3)

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I have great sympathy for Hamlet because in all of his interactions with those around him, he feels a lack of trust. With the exception of Horatio, there is no one! His mother quickly remarried; his Uncle is a murderer; his girlfriend may love him, but is allowing her father to use her to find out more about what Hamlet's state of mind is; his friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as primarily loyal to the king and queen, not their friendship with Hamlet; Laertes may have been a friend, but Hamlet's killing his father understandably makes Laertes a threat. Hamlet's entire character is shaped by his reactions to those around him. Nearly every scene in the play highlights this. Your essay could talk about how one character in particular affects your response to Hamlet, or how two or three different characters affect your understanding in different aspects of his character. There is so much you can do with this topic!

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missplum | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted July 8, 2012 at 5:45 PM (Answer #4)

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I'd want to be Hamlet's friend because he's so damn funny and fearless at times. The scene where Claudius asks him, "Where is Polonius?" is my favorite. One thing's for sure: I wouldn't want to be on his bad side. He's merciless!

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