Hamlet: A Man Of Many Qualities

Hamlet is a man of many different qualities and he reveals only certain qualities to certain people. Hamlet draws his audience, the reader, into noticing the different qualities that he has. His qualities are shown through his conversations with other characters as well as through his soliloquies. These words of wisdom and revealance help to distinguish how Hamlet feels about each other character that he encounters. The phrases and speeches that Hamlet addresses are both poetic and piercing. So when Hamlet is speaking, he is constantly revealing his qualities which range from love, to respect, to hate. Hamlet\'s most powerful qualities seem to be revealed through his conversation with the people that he cares about, namely his family and friends.

The queen, Gertrude, is hamlet\'s mother and she is probably the living being that he cares about the most. Unfortunately, one of Hamlet\'s qualities, which is revealed in conversation with his mother, is a negative one and that is anger. His quality is displayed through Hamlet\'s soliloquy in Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 131- 161. Hamlet is angry at his mother for marrying a new husband, his uncle, Claudius, so quickly after his father\'s death. This anger shines through in such phrases such as "Frailty, thy name is woman!"(Act 1,Sc 2, L148) and "Like Niobe, all tears."(Act 1, Sc 2, L151). At the end of his soliloquy, Hamlet switches qualities from one of anger to one of fear. This is evident when Hamlet states, "With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!", and "It is not, nor it cannot come to good", and finally "But break my heart, for I must hold my tongue"(Act 1, Sc 2 L157- 161). Hamlet expresses his fear for his mother\'s hasty marriage. Hamlet realizes that his mother marrying his uncle can have no good result. Respect is another quality that Hamlet displays in conversation with his mother. This occurs when his mother asks him to remain at home rather than return to school(Act 1, Sc 2, L120- 121), which he agrees to do. This shows that although he disagrees with his mother and her marriage, after such little mourning for her husband, Hamlet Sr.\'s, death, he still respects his mother and will do what she asks.

Later in the act, Hamlet encounters another character who goes by the name of Horatio. Horatio is a good friend, as stated in Act 1, Sc 2, L163, and the first quality which Hamlet reveals is his respect for Horatio. In line 176 of Act 1, Sc 2, Hamlet states "I know you are no truant." This shows that Hamlet knows that Horatio is Well educated and takes note of that and gives him respect. This is respect for Horatio\'s intelligence and decision© making. Hamlet reveals trust as a quality within his character towards Horatio. This occurs in two places; the first is when he believes Horatio when Horatio says that he has seen Hamlet\'s father in the form of a ghost(Act 1, Sc 2, L193- 226). If horatio were not a good friend, Hamlet might be angered because he might think that Horatio was mocking him in his mourning. Since Horatio is a good friend, Hamlet seeks all the information about his ghost story. In faith of Horatio\'s honesty. The second occurrence of trust takes place at the end of Act 1, Sc 5, L129- 201).

After speaking with his father\'s ghost, Hamlet meets up with Horatio again and asks for him to swear to secrecy, as well as to be aware of his plan of revenge. This shows This shows that Hamlet has trust in Horatio, that he need not worry about the news of his father\'s ghostly visit in Denmark. A third, less significant quality that Hamlet reveals when speaking with Horatio is sarcasm, which occurs in Act 1, Sc 2, L180- 182, when he questions Horatio\'s real reason for visiting his home. When Horatio says that he has come for the funeral of Hamlet Sr., Hamlet figures that he might really have come to see the wedding of his mother and his uncle. So Hamlet slashes out a sarcastic comment, only to be denied by his good and understanding friend, Horatio. Possibly, this quickly put together marriage, so soon after the death of his father, has established