How does Shakespeare influence the audience’s response to the character of Hamlet?
There are many scenes within the play of Hamlet, which can alter the audience’s perception of the main character, Hamlet. So much of Hamlet is an attempt to deceive the audience; Hamlet’s madness, his ‘antic disposition’ is a prime example.
Others include Act Three Scene one, where Hamlet is incredibly, brutally rude toward Ophelia, his alleged lover. This impression of Hamlet depicts a ghastly picture, one of tribulation and inclemency.
Personally, I believe that the image portrayed by Shakespeare of Hamlet is one of aptitude for guile and justice. Many things during this complex play indicate that this is certainly the case. Hamlets plan with the Players is one of cunning and coyness; a play to damn his fathers killer. Although he is hell-bound on avenging his fathers death, this destructive rage within him is, nevertheless, overcome by his intelligence, forcing him to be sure himself of his fathers killer. This action shows us, the audience, of Hamlets mentality, and his overall mental predominance over his other acquaintances.
Another scene tells the audience that Hamlet is also a man of justice, a willing to discover the truth. Act three scene three is when Hamlet passes up his first, and as far as he knew, his only chance to kill his uncle. His reason was one of justice, but also could be considered one of cruelty and vengeance. His procrastination of his uncle’s inevitable murder obviously displays an image of Hamlet doing what is right, or an image of arrant repugnance
Hamlet is not an evil man. It is quite understandable that he has a hatred for his uncle, but what is alarming is his absolute unforgiving frame of mind toward his mother. Presumably, Gertrude is oblivious to all wrongdoing, and should not be blamed as much as Hamlet seems to. All Gertrude is guilty of is being naïve and foolish to the faults of n...