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Antiheroism In Hamlet


            
            
             Antiheroism has always been an interesting aspect of a.
             character that authors have chosen to illustrate. In.
             literature, there have been countless antiheroic.
             characters, from Randle McMurphy in " One Flew Over the.
             Cuckoo's Nest" and Allie Fox in " The Mosquito Coast", to.
             others as famous as " Robin Hood". By literary definition,.
             an antihero is the "hero" of the play or novel, but he/she.
             has negative attributes which separate him or her from the.
             classic hero figure such as Superman. Such negative aspects.
             may include a violent nature, use of coarse language, or.
             self serving interests which may inadvertently depict the.
             protagonist as a hero since the result of serving those.
             interests may be for the betterment of society or an.
             environment. In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the.
             protagonist, Hamlet, is depicted as an antihero. One main.
             factor which gives Hamlet such a label is that he draws.
             sympathy, as well as admiration, from the reader since.
             Hamlet feels the pain of losing his father along with the.
             burden and obstacles in avenging his murder.
             .
             Act four places a special emphasis on Hamlet's.
             intelligence. In scene two, Hamlet is very insolent and.
             rude towards Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with such phrases.
             as,.
             .
             "That I can keep your counsel and not, mine own. Beside, to.
             be demanded of a sponge, what replication should be made by.
             the son of a king?" (IV, ii, 12-14).
             .
             The reference to the sponge reflects the fact that.
             Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are easily ordered by the king.
             and do not have minds of their own. Hamlet does not like.
             Rosencrantz and Guildenstern since they are servants of the.
             Claudius, Hamlet's mortal enemy. The reader does not like.
             Rosencrantz and Guildenstern either which causes the reader.
             to side with Hamlet.
             .
             Another incident of Hamlet's high intelligence is shown.
             when he tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern,.
             .
             "I am glad of it: a knavish sleeps in a foolish ear." (IV,.
             ii,24-25) .
             .
             This statement leaves Rosencrantz and Guildenstern more or.


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