Identify the traits of Hamlet, with evidence from the text.Analyze Hamlet's character.
Doug Stuva | Certified Educator
Concerning character traits of Hamlet in Shakespeare's Hamlet, I'll get you started and tell you where to look in the text. Hamlet is:
- Loyal (to his father--he is truly depressed over his death): Act 1.2.76-86
- Feeling melancholy, or depressed, and also very hurt by and even obsessed with his mother's hasty and incestuous remarriage: Act 1.2.129-159
- Politically and psychologically aware and astute: Act 2.2.287-303
- Self-critical, but also too moral to kill without proof of Claudius's guilt: Act 2.2.524-580
- Contemplative and capable of examining the larger issues concerning human existence: Act 3.1.56-88
- Takes personally people trying to "play" him, get information out of him, especially when they do it on the behalf of the king; he is insulted when they think they are smart enough to "play" him: Act 3.3.324-350.
The above represent a beginning of a listing of Hamlet's character traits.