The king and queen don't want to say outright that she killed herself, but can't in good conscience afford her the same funeral rites as other people. We do not know, however, whether Rosencrantz or Guildenstern were ever aware of the plot. Where Hamlet is pensive and mercurial, Fortinbras is all action. The final character foil to Hamlet is Fortinbras. It is likely that they only agreed to play at the castle because they want the favor of the new king. Moreover, Ophelia is regularly mocked by Hamlet and lectured by her father and brother about her sexuality.
He now knows that he's not supposed to survive this fencing match, but intends to defy the prophecy anyway. Claudius's presence in the play allows us to learn of Hamlet's rage and his elaborate, though sometimes hasty, schemes for revenge. However, this evil character shows its human nature too. However this man, the titular character of the play, Hamlet, is indecisive and goes through a variety of problems in his quest for revenge. He once finds Claudius praying, but ruminates that he may go to heaven when killed during prayers. Oh, just super famous author. The father of Ophelia and Laertes and the chief adviser to the throne of Denmark.
He married Gertrude, Hamlet's mom. It could be read as Claudius putting a bounty on his head, but Hamlet doesn't seem to think much of it, instead leaning in to put Osric's hat on his head. It's a delicate balance, and he wants to make sure he gets it right. The parallel between Jephthah and Polonius doesn't bode well for Ophelia. He points to his brows as proof that he isn't a bastard, because the brows were said to be proof of a person's good breeding.
In Elizabethan times, Ophelia is restricted as a woman. It is clear that he is meant to be a foil to Hamlet, although their fates are ultimately similar. This might worry him briefly, but that worry would be quickly assuaged when Hamlet explains what he means. It isn't clear from this line, but we'll soon learn that Gertrude is talking about Ophelia here. When he is convinced that Hamlet has found him out, Claudius eventually schemes to have his nephew-cum-son murdered Old Hamlet's widow and Claudius' wife. Claudius gives us the picture of a very crafty person who is very quick to spot areas which can help him and to exploit them. Hamlet struggles with his anger and has difficulties killing those are guilty; he becomes jealous of Fortinbras and his ability to lead and channel his anger in retaking the land he lost and seeing no problem in killing those who are innocent.
Only someone in as secure a position as Claudius was would think of murdering his own brother and marrying his sister-in-law. How they must have romped together in the gardens. This suggests that, while Polonius attended university, he wasn't a particularly good student and probably not a very good actor, despite his claims. Instead, he says that Claudius isn't touched or affected by the content of the play because he doesn't have any reason to feel guilty. He uses this speech to manipulate Hamlet and all his listeners into thinking of him as a wise, righteous king.
This is one of the only times that Hamlet equates people who don't act like him to villains and tells us a lot about how he views the other characters, particularly Claudius. It's also evidence that Hamlet is thinking about his safety, now that he knows about his father's murder, and has begun to understand that if word of this meeting gets back to Claudius, the King will know exactly what the Ghost said and will take measures to keep Hamlet from enacting his revenge. Ophelia has just suggested that Laertes might've spoken out of turn, as a pastor who's somewhat less than pious has no right to preach to the masses about the proper way to behave. Ophelia drowns because she's incapable of understanding that she's drowning. It makes Claudius' sins seem at once common and singularly offensive.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Friends of Hamlet's from the University of Wittenberg. They are still impressive and impact the more than before. Hamlet thinks his cruelty in demanding that Gertrude abstain from sleeping in her marital bed and in frightening her so is another form of kindness, because he's cleansing her soul, like a minister. Although Hamlet is the main character of the play, it is through the minor characters that we can truly see who Hamlet is and the reasoning behind his decisions. Hamlet appeals to the fact that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are his age and that, by virtue of going to school together, they've grown up together, becoming adults in the same way at the same time.
Other Main Characters These brief discriptions of main characters in Hamlet along with some Hamlet character analysis will help you impress your friends and neighbors with your knowledge of literature. The ghost says that Gertrude is adulterous and lustful, but never guilty. It's anachronistic of Hamlet to refer to this game, because he wasn't likely to have played it, but Shakespeare uses it to emphasize that the bones of nobility aren't treated any better than those with lesser breeding or social station. That makes them some of the most innocent characters in the play. The present king is not with Polonius because Claudius is still alive. Hamlet's original question was far more suggestive in nature and was taken as a sexual overture.
How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! This alone would make him seem mad in an otherwise proper and officious environment. Her loneliness, then, is twofold: she's technically alone and also spiritually lonely, because she's faking her connection with God and has ruined her relationship with Hamlet. Thus, we see that even when he does behave impulsively, his intellect keeps him from being entirely spontaneous. It is a complex play, and understanding its characters is not a simple task. Polonius' son and Ophelia's brother. Hamlet is extremely philosophical and introspective.