Shakespeare's Hamlet 4 Indirect Characterization

What is indirect characterization, and how does Shakespeare use it to describe his main characters? 

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actions and mystery like the mystery behind what people actually

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think and feel runs runs throughout the play So for

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example what we know about hamlet Not that much really

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We know that he's interested in going back to school

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kind of thinks of himself as part of the world

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of ideas still he's definitely angry at claudius but he

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doesn't know if claudia's did it or not He seems

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to be uncomfortably interested in his mom's sexuality So there's

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this edible reading right A kill your father married your

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mother thing where he seems to have this uncomfortable attracted

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to her don't really know how he feels about ophelia

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either We know that he seems to be getting along

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with her and then over the course of the play

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he starts getting really nasty to her and kind of

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shaming her but we don't know exactly what his end

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goal is and we don't Know exactly why that transformation

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takes place As for claudius we don't really he seems

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tto legitimately love gertrude but we're not really sure about

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that He's not as antagonistic to hamlet as he sometimes

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presented wants able to get over it but he does

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kind of feel bad for hamlet in a way So

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so he's also a totally conflicted character much like gertrude

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right We don't know whether gertrude actually was complicit in

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the plot that her that her previous husband was killed

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We don't know whether she's deliberately being a bad parent

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to hamlin or she just is messing up like parents

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do ophelia ethereal We know that she's kind of used

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as a pawn She seems to like hamlet at the

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outset Again we're not totally sure and then she seems

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to be very hurt by him what's actions and then

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she goes crazy for totally unexplained reasons but then she

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dies Thanks it's All these are these are the main

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characters in the play and we're just not given clear

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descriptions of what they think and feel even though they're

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sometimes give us soliloquies What is indirect characterization And how 00:02:12.573 --> [endTime] to shakespeare Use it to describe his main characters