Is Hamlet a victim?

Yes, Hamlet is indeed a victim. He's been deprived of his father by the actions of his wicked uncle, and he is so utterly disillusioned with life that he flirts with the idea of killing himself. Though Hamlet never actually kills himself, he remains psychologically unbalanced throughout the play.

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On the whole, it's perfectly reasonable to argue that Hamlet is indeed a victim. It is this victim status that makes him a quite sympathetic character overall and makes us feel rather sad when he dies at the end. This is despite the fact that Hamlet 's behavior is far...

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On the whole, it's perfectly reasonable to argue that Hamlet is indeed a victim. It is this victim status that makes him a quite sympathetic character overall and makes us feel rather sad when he dies at the end. This is despite the fact that Hamlet's behavior is far from admirable at various points in the play.

Hamlet's victimhood stems from the diabolical actions of his wicked uncle/stepfather Claudius, who murdered Hamlet's father by pouring poison down his ear while he was sleeping in the garden. Ever since then, poor Hamlet has never been the same. It's clear to everyone that he's psychologically unbalanced—so much so that at one point, he even toys with the idea of suicide.

It's bad enough for Hamlet that he's lost his father. But it's worse still that the man responsible for murdering his father has usurped the throne of Denmark and married Hamlet's widowed mother, Gertrude. This is all too much for the sensitive young man to bear. No wonder so much of his behavior throughout the play is so strange and at some points even rather callous. Hamlet has been traumatized by a truly shocking crime, a crime that has claimed two victims: his father and Hamlet himself.

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