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In Hamlet, what two or three words or phrases best describe Hamlet (the person)?

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All of the previous posts go to prove how very complex this character is.  There are literally dozens of equally valid opinions of him.  My first thoughts of Hamlet are that he is intelligent/philosophical and emotional.  The beginning of the play is dominated by his emotional response to his father's death, his mother's quick remarriage, and Claudius.  Once he learns the truth from the ghost he goes into an even more tragic emotional place.  But it is also this that brings out his intellectual side.  He plans to find out the truth; he recites a play from memory; he instructs the actors; the foils his friends; he acts crazy on purpose; he tricks Claudius; he manages the pirates; he asks questions about his deepest concerns about life and death; and in the end, he does what he needs to do -- avenge his father's death.

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Hamlet is a man of careful evaluation. He is honorable in not making a quick, false accusation about his Uncle Claudius' guilt. I think that is admirable.

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to be or not to be , this is what his personality stands for .  an idealistic man.

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Hamlet is a victim of indecision.He is a tragic hero.