Study Guide

Hamlet Characters

By William Shakespeare

Hamlet

Hamlet is a teenager... right? After all, he sure acts like one. He's a moody and smart-alecky...

The Ghost

Ghosts are a common element in revenge tragedy (which you can read more about by going to...

Claudius

Especially if he got it through sibling-cide and quasi-incest. That's our man Claudius, the...

Gertrude

Poor Hamlet. All he wants is a mom who bakes cookies for the PTA bake sale and stays true to his...

Polonius

A Danish lord, Polonius is the father of Laertes and Ophelia. And he's exactly the kind of dad...

Ophelia

Your parents only wish they had a daughter like Ophelia. When her father orders her to quit...

Laertes

Laertes, a young Danish lord, is the son of Polonius and brother of Ophelia. He spends most of...

Horatio

Horatio is Hamlet's closest friend, and he's the only one who really seems to deserve the title....

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern seem incapable of functioning independently, so they're basically...

Fortinbras

We like to think it's no coincidence that Fortinbras' name makes a great chant: "FortinBRAS!...