Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is visited by a mysterious ghost resembling his recently deceased father, the King of Denmark. The ghost tells Hamlet that his father was murdered by Claudius, the King's brother, who then took the throne and married Hamlet's mother, Gertrude. The ghost encourages Hamlet to avenge his father's death by killing Claudius. The task before Hamlet weighs heavily upon him. Hamlet's uncertainty is what makes the character so believable he is arguably one of literature's most psychologically complex characters. Hamlet's uncertainty delays him from taking action, ultimately causing the unnecessary deaths of Polonius, Laertes, Ophelia, Gertrude, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Even at the end of the play, we are left with a feeling of uncertainty when Hamlet bequeaths the throne to the rash and violent Fortinbras. In the closing moments of the play, Denmarks future looks less certain than it did at the beginning.
K H Kala Soudha
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