I'm looking for 5 examples to the following questions on the play, Hamlet. You can choose from any 3 questions to write about. Thank you for helping.What are the... 5 most painful things Hamlet has...

I'm looking for 5 examples to the following questions on the play, Hamlet. You can choose from any 3 questions to write about. Thank you for helping.

What are the...

5 most painful things Hamlet has to live with?

5 most attractive characteristics, features, appealing traits

5 aspects of Hamlet that make it great?

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You seem to be asking three separate questions. I will try to answer just the one about the 5 most painful things Hamlet has to live with. I suggest you offer the others as separate eNote questions in order to have a better chance of getting volunteers to answer.

  • Hamlet has to live with the fact that he is the rightful heir to his father's crown but was cheated out of it by Claudius, whom he has to treat with the utmost courtesy because of the King's royal status and power, and also because Claudius has promised to make him his heir.
  • Hamlet is horrified that his own mother should have married Claudius after only two or three months of mourning. He hates having to observe their public love-making and to think about how they behave in private.
  • Hamlet intended to go back to school in Wittenberg after his father's funeral, but King Claudius is keeping him a virtual prisoner because he is afraid Hamlet might form an alliance with a foreign ruler and participate in a military attack on Denmark or perhaps engage in some other kind of plot to overthrow him.
  • Hamlet has sworn to the ghost of his dead father that he will revenge his father's murder. However, Hamlet is an introverted, hypersensitive, scholarly young man who does not really want to commit a cold-blooded murder.
  • Hamlet is depressed and melancholy. He thinks about committing suicide but at the same time is afraid of what he might experience in the afterlife.
  • Hamlet is in love with Ophelia but has become distrustful of all women because of what he considers his mother's adulterous and incestuous behavior. He also suspects for some time that Gertrude was a co-conspirator with Claudius in the murder of King Hamlet.

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