We are in Denmark, and Hamlet's father, the king, is now dead. Hamlet's uncle has married Hamlet’s mother, and become the new king. A ghost appears, saying he is the dead king, and tells Hamlet he must take revenge.

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‘To be, or not to be; that is the question’... says Hamlet, as he wonders whether it is better to be alive or dead. Shakespeare's most performed play makes us think about this and other big philosophical questions.

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Is it easy to sympathise with the character of Hamlet?

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milianawiliam 13 December, 2016 - 14:12

i think the end of this story is so sad.But the plot of story is well. Hamlet is so love his father

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GiangLe 2 September, 2016 - 10:25

I can understand Hamlet's feeling and sympathise with him but, anyway, i can't support his action after that. Although he is in a serious pain and a poor situation but he can do the revenge in a better way. He should calm down and find the truth, then show it to all of the residents in Denmark, finally discipline the murder and become the king. This may be a bit ideal but, in fact, his revenge leads to a big tragedy. This play, in my opinion, is totally tragedy.

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icecream1337 20 May, 2016 - 13:09

I can sympathies with Hamlet. Not only did his father get murdered, he was murdered by Hamlet's uncle,his own brorther. Although he has a lot of reasons for wanting revenge, but he took it out everyone else. His anger affected his girlfriend and mother, father and advisor which in the end killed them all.

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IWOUTO1337 10 April, 2016 - 11:41

Yes I think that I can sympathies with Hamlet. Having your father killed by his own brother and then precedes to marry your mother, It's awful. It's not weird that Hamlet reacts as he does.

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tsg02 4 April, 2016 - 15:24

I sympathize with Hamlet. I think that everyone did that in place of Hamlet. When Hamlet's father dead, that it is very difficult to survive, when your close person dies.

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00sil02 15 March, 2016 - 18:58

Both yes and no. I don't think it was right to kill his girlfriend's dad but at the same time he must have felt really bad after the tragic accidents in the beginning of the story.

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STS_Wyvern 13 March, 2016 - 21:18

Actually, I can't sympathize with Hamlet because any person who murders is dead to me and this is why he is just another merciless killer of the play who I am, maybe not happy but not either disappointed to see him dead. Sure he has some kind of "noble" reason to kill Claudius but still, you don't kill people!

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goppis1337 13 March, 2016 - 20:59

Ofcourse! Having your father killed by your own uncle. But not just that, then he marries your mother. I can only imagine what he feels like...

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TovaBerntsson 13 March, 2016 - 20:06

Yes it kind of is because Hamlet has been going through some Deep stuff that is hard. First his father dies and then he mother marrige someone else and then he finds out who murded his father. I would go nuts to. I don´t Think he has the right to take it out on his girlfriend or kill the murder but I still understand why he did it and how he feels.

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Dade 13 March, 2016 - 20:02

I believe that some of Hamlet's actions were bad, but still I think it is easy to sympathize with him since his mother marries a murderer and his unlce kills Hamlet's father.

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GustafBen 13 March, 2016 - 19:12

Yes. Too first experience the death of your father and then the marriage between your own mother and your uncle just a short while after his death is meesed up. If you also get too know that your father got killed by his own brother, your uncle.

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FeddiH 13 March, 2016 - 18:37

Yes, I believe that it is easy to sympathise with Hamlet. One of the reasons being that he never knew what caused his father's death. This makes you feel pity for him. You can also sense the pain that Hamlet is in with him contemplating his own life. "To be or not to be..."

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Alvv 13 March, 2016 - 18:34

I think that it is easy to sympathize with Hamlet, since his dad was married. You know that he is in pain since he contemplates taking his own life. "To be or not to be".

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Daffodil4 13 March, 2016 - 16:37

I think it is easy to sympathise with Hamlet, because he is in really deep trouble and he is not sure what to do. His father is murdered and his mother remarried to the new king, his uncle. Hamlet is not the new king, even though he was the crown prince. Hamlet becomes depressed and unconsciously everything gets worse. He breaks up with his girlfriend Ofelia and kills Ofelia’s father.

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daisybuchanan 13 March, 2016 - 16:08

I think it's easy to sympathize with Hamlet, because Shakespeare has created a heartfelt character (as usual), that the reader, or viewer, is supposed to sympathize with. It becomes especially easy to relate to him during his confusion of what to do, a confusion that pulls him into a depression - and he lets this deep sadness and need to avenge Claudius, go out over Ophelia, which is wrong, because she is not a part of it. Hamlet does a lot of things that I can relate to, and letting his feelings deeply affect others is one of them, but I cannot relate to how badly he hurts his beloved one.

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agnesn 13 March, 2016 - 15:53

Even though I do not support Hamlet's actions, I can sympathize with him. He got back form university to find out that his dad had died and that his mother had re-married with his fathers' brother. I can't imagine the sadness he must've felt.

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Dugg 13 March, 2016 - 15:11

When someone close to you dies it’s a natural instinct to seek revenge and that exactly what helmet does but because of his anger he hurts other like Ophelia. When innocent people get hurt because something another man did, its hard to sympathise. I do not sympathise with Hamlet if he only would have hurt the people that hurt him it would have been alright but not in this case.

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Paula2205 13 March, 2016 - 12:53

Yes, I believe anyone could sympathise with Hamlet in a similar situation. Although, I could never imagine killing someone, no matter what the person has done to my family. But I guess you can never know 100% unless you're in the situation yourself. I also understand that Hamlet wants revenge. His fathers brother had murdered his father AND married his mother. That is a huge family betrayal.

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matildae 12 March, 2016 - 14:32

I think it's easy to sympathize with Hamlet, because his father has died and he is most likely in great grief, but I do this it's wrong of him to take it out on Ophelia, and it also bothers me that he kills Polonius by "mistake". Perhaps I do not really support Hamlet's actions, but I can't imagine being in a situation like Hamlet's and I think it's not abnormal to go mad when it happens.

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TheVolumebar 11 March, 2016 - 18:31

Yes, it is. I can't see my mother remarrying so soon after the death of my father, even less to his bother. I would want to avenge the Death of a Close one too, not really resting until the deed had been done.

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Ameno 10 March, 2016 - 17:53

Yes i can sympathize with Hamlet. He didn't know what killed his father and he was mad that his mother had married his fathers brother. And when the ghost of his father told him that his brother killed him Hamlet must have felt crushed. I would feel the same as Hamlet if I found out that my fathers brother had killed my father and then married my mom.

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LallareN 10 March, 2016 - 17:48

I think you can sympathise with Hamlet even if he sort of is on a quest for vengeance. His father just got killed by his own uncle who later marries his mother. That's a tough life.

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Elsa007 10 March, 2016 - 14:45

'Vengeance is mine',
in that light, it's difficult to feel sympathy for Hamlet,
but, 'He has the very quality of being human'.
on that point, it's easy to sympathize with his character. :)

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CheckpointKalle 10 March, 2016 - 12:05

I'm not quite sure about this one. In one way Hamlet is easy to sympathise with, because his life gets very rough after university, with his fathers death and when he has to carry the knowledge that his evil uncle is the new king and also married to his mother. Let's say that he really has excuses to be as angry as he gets... But at the same time he was being very unpleasant to his girlfriend who just wanted to help him with his burden. He's also the reason to why a lot of people die in the end. In the end I don't think I could ever sympathise with such a person.

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lor123 9 March, 2016 - 16:42

Hamlet is a character easy to sympathize with. He goes through a lot of pain, and I would probably be devastated like he was. But at the same time some of his actions are questionable, and it can't be just grief. It's grief mixed with frustration. I can't imagine living with the person that killed the father and not be able to get justice.

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Stinaj 8 March, 2016 - 20:17

I found myself very irritated with Hamlet's character. I understand how difficult it must be that his father is dead and he's entitled to be upset about the fact that his uncle was the man who killed him, but he took it out on his girlfriend and his father, his advisor and his mother, which resulted in death for everyone.

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adde00 8 March, 2016 - 18:51

Yes, it is very easy to sympathies with Hamlet. This due to the tragedy of his father's death. I, myself would also be angry at the person who killed my father in this situation.

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