Hamlet characters and animals: if the characters of Hamlet were represented by animals, what animal would each character be (Hamlet, Ghost, King, Queen, Ophelia, Polonius, Laertes)?

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This is a question that is obviously very subjective to the person being asked. Anyone can have a lot of fun bouncing around ideas in regard to what animal traits they think that certain characters might possess.

Hamlet would be considered to be a contemplative sort of animal, and perhaps one that is completely ordinary. Perhaps it is because of his famous quote, but it is easy to think of Hamlet as a sparrow.

The Ghost could be seen as an owl, mysterious and ominous, and often recognized as some kind of harbinger.

Claudius no doubt brings to mind a snake or spider. He is venomous and filled with dark machinations, weaving a web of deception for his own gain.

Gertrude could be seen as an elephant. She is emotional and maternal, and deeply affected by the violence of those around her.

Ophelia is fragile, meek, and often victim to the machinations of those around her. She is best represented by a type of animal that is typically game, such as a deer.

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Thanks thats kinda what i was thinking too

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