How does hamlets character develop throughout the play

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The character of Hamlet changes greatly in the play in multiple ways. First, his motives change. In the beginning Hamlet is a morning son. His first motivation for his actions is to honor his father and justice. This quickly changes and Hamlet begins to desire revenge for his own reasons. He not only misses his father, but he loathes his uncle for his treacherous actions. Hamlet’s pain and motivation is further inflamed by a growing disgust for his mother for her betrayal and treasonous actions.  Hamlet changes from being emotionally driven to being completely controlled by his emotions. Hamlet loses himself in his quest. He begins acting "mad" or crazy, however, after learning of the death of Ophelia whether he is acting or slowly truly becoming "mad" is questionable. Hamlet will stop at nothing to destroy his Uncle.

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