Hamlet Characters and AnimalsIf the characters of Hamlet were represented by animals, what animal would each character be? (Hamet, Ghost, King, Queen, Ophelia, Polonius, Laertes)
This is an interesting question and certainly a very subjective one. Hamlet would be something quiet and pensive, like perhaps a golden retriever because he's also very loyal. He's not without ability and power, but unless he receives a direct command, he's not quick to action. The ghost of King Hamlet would be more like an owl: large, unapproachable, a little bit scary, and a little bit mysterious, but with a air of wisdom. King Claudius would have to be an animal that is associated with the negative, like a rat. He killed his own brother in order to get the crown and more. Gertrude I see as a sheep - she just follows along. She followed Claudius, she followed Hamlet. Ophelia would likely be an animal that is associated with softness, a sweetness, and definitely not a swimmer - perhaps a dove. Polonius is a weasel. He is sneaky and he manuevers around in a way that makes him seem somewhat lithe. Laertes would be a dog, too, like Hamlet. He'd be a pitbull: fierce, quick-tempered, and somewhat tenacious.