What is Osric's function in "Hamlet"?
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Osric personifies everything that Hamlet hates in the Danish court. He possesses an artificial personality and like Polonius, it is clear that he can be easily manipulated by Claudius. He is also used as a device to show the interaction between Hamlet and Horatio.
He is also present to introduce a touch of humour to the play,ironically just before the death of several major characters.
What is Osric's function?
While Osric has several minor functions in the play (he is, for example, one of many foils used to show Hamlet's mind), his main purpose is to deliver the challenge to the duel with Laertes.
Osric is an overdressed, pretentious, "dandy" who is also a cause for some hmuor. His task is to deliver Laerte's challenge and to creaate another comic scene before the final scene showing all the deaths of the major characters,(except Horatio).
He is an affected courtier who plays a minor role as the King's messenger and as umpire of the fencing match between Hamlet and Laertes.
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