Hamlet Characters

Background -1600-Denmark-Compiled from diff. Stories-influences on Lion King, Billy Madison, The Simpsons, etc.
Hamlet -Prince of Denmark-30 y/o-melancholy, bitter, hatred, disgusted-loves Ophelia-thinks things through before acting
Hamlet’s mother Queen Gertrude
Gertrude -Queen of Denmark-shallow & weak-will do anything for affection & status-loves Hamlet
Gertrude’s husband King Claudius
Claudius -King of Denmark-will do anything to stay in power (spy on children)-loves Gertrude
Polonius -lord in Claudius’ court-pompous & conniving-wise or foolish?
Polonius’ children Laertes & Ophelia
Ophelia -Polonius’ daughter-Laertes sister-young & beautiful-sweet & innocent-Hamlet loves her-loyal, difficulties in deciding between listening to Polonius, Laertes, and Hamlet-relies on men to tell her how to behave
Laertes -Polonius’ son-Ophelia’s brother-Young-Majority of play in France-passionate and acts before thinking-opposite of Hamlet
Horatio -close friend and loyal to Hamlet-helps Hamlet-went to college with him
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern -foolish courtiers who were once friends with Hamlet-pawns
Fortinbras -Prince of Norway-Father was killed by King Hamlet-seeks revenge on Denmark by attacking
The Ghost -looks like Hamlet’s father-only speaks to Hamlet directly-uses Hamlet to avenge on person who murdered him-is he real? Is he really his father?
Themes Certainty vs. UncertaintyAction vs. InactionRecklessnessDeathRevenge
Background -1600-Denmark-Compiled from diff. Stories-influences on Lion King, Billy Madison, The Simpsons, etc.
Hamlet -Prince of Denmark-30 y/o-melancholy, bitter, hatred, disgusted-loves Ophelia-thinks things through before acting
Hamlet’s mother Queen Gertrude
Gertrude -Queen of Denmark-shallow & weak-will do anything for affection & status-loves Hamlet
Gertrude’s husband King Claudius
Claudius -King of Denmark-will do anything to stay in power (spy on children)-loves Gertrude
Polonius -lord in Claudius’ court-pompous & conniving-wise or foolish?
Polonius’ children Laertes & Ophelia
Ophelia -Polonius’ daughter-Laertes sister-young & beautiful-sweet & innocent-Hamlet loves her-loyal, difficulties in deciding between listening to Polonius, Laertes, and Hamlet-relies on men to tell her how to behave
Laertes -Polonius’ son-Ophelia’s brother-Young-Majority of play in France-passionate and acts before thinking-opposite of Hamlet
Horatio -close friend and loyal to Hamlet-helps Hamlet-went to college with him
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern -foolish courtiers who were once friends with Hamlet-pawns
Fortinbras -Prince of Norway-Father was killed by King Hamlet-seeks revenge on Denmark by attacking
The Ghost -looks like Hamlet’s father-only speaks to Hamlet directly-uses Hamlet to avenge on person who murdered him-is he real? Is he really his father?
Themes Certainty vs. UncertaintyAction vs. InactionRecklessnessDeathRevenge

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