The Characters Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essay

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Infidelity Leads to Destruction
The strength within a family is dependant on its loyalty towards one another. For when the loyalty is broken, the family is broken as well. In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, immoral actions occur because of each character’s selfishness. In both movies, the respective characters of Hamlet are developed in different ways, ultimately creating a different message and tone in the story. Claudius, Fortinbras and Laertes act as foils to Hamlet that can be shown through contrasting or similar worldviews. The respective Horatios are also of great significance to Hamlet, however there is very little change in his character, creating almost no contrast between the two movies. The character of Claudius is responsible, in both films, for creating the primary source of conflict and moreover, being the biggest antagonist throughout the story. As a result, any change in character will result in a different message shown in the story. In the old movie, Claudius is looked upon as more of a slob and not as sly. He is constantly seen drinking wine rather than worrying about coming up with devious plans. His view on the good life can be seen as having power, wealth and women, and will do anything to achieve this status. This can be noticed when he states, “… Of those effects for which I did the murder: my crown, mine own ambition, and my queen…” Claudius admits to the audience that the murder he committed resulted in him getting the crown along with…

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