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Hamlet as a character Innokenty Smoktunovsky as Hamlet in the acclaimed 1964 film by Grigori Kozintsev . Like the play itself, Hamlet the character is possibly the most discussed and contentious character in drama and indeed in Western literature . While conceding he is one of Shakespeare's greatest creations, critics are at odds over the inner motivations and psyche of this character. His relationships with the various characters of the story, including his father, his uncle Claudius, his mother Gertrude and his beloved Ophelia, have all been subjected to multiple speculations, including modern psychological theories . Critics as varied as Goethe , Coleridge , Hegel , Schlegel , Nietzsche , Turgenev , Freud , T. S. Eliot , C.S. Lewis , and Asimov have written essays on him, each with an alternately fascinating insight. J. Dover Wilson produced one of the most influential readings of the first half of the 20th century; Harold Bloom was dominant in the second half. Besides being Shakespeare's most demanding role (with over 1,400 lines), Hamlet is also the most introspective. Actors have traditionally struggled with this role, and it can be safely said that any one performance can capture only some of the many facets of the creation. This, however, has made the role of Hamlet one of the most desired roles in theatre. The plot summary above presents perhaps the simplest view of Hamlet, as a person
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course ENGL 261 taught by Professor Albritton during the Spring '07 term at Jefferson Davis Community College.

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