I think it is pain, and not pride, that compels Hamlet to act as he does. Hamlet is very depressed and torn up about his father's death. He also feels that what his mother and Claudius did was wrong, and he feels that Claudius is an unfit and improper ruler.
"This is I, Hamlet the Dane." Are these not words of a man who has a certain pride and sense of his place in history? As he finally disengages himself from his indecision and melancholy, Hamlet propels himself into action with his sense of noblesse oblige, taking a healthy pride in his role as prince and son of King Hamlet. But, it is not hubris.
Various critics have argued that Hamlet is not the highly sympathetic character he is often assumed to be. One of the fullest developments of a fundamentally negative depiction of Hamlet is offered by Eleanor Prosser in her book Hamlet and Revenge. Another negative depiction of Hamlet is offered by Arthur McGee in his book The Elizabethan Hamlet . This book has been summarized by its...
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