Prince Hamlet is the titular protagonist of the play of the same name.

History Edit

Early Life Edit

Prince Hamlet was born around 1318 in in Elsinore, Denmark, to the King Hamlet and Queen Gertrude, the country's reigning monarchs.

Role in the Play Edit

Hamlet is on a mission of revenge; he is almost jealous in his anger that his mother has married his uncle after his father's death. When the ghost of King Hamlet Sr. tells his son that Uncle Claudius murdered him, Hamlet goes on a mission of revenge, while Claudius tries to get rid of him. Hamlet can be very violent and ruthless in his mission, and people begin to believe he is insane. 

Hamlet exposes Claudius by putting on a play based on Claudius' murder of his brother, and monitoring the king's reaction. Hamlet has his chance to kill his uncle, but will not while he prays, as he doesn't want the man to go to Heaven. He later encounters Claudius in his mother's bed chamber, killing him, before realizing that this was Polonius, a councillor, and not Claudius at all. Hamlet is sent to London, and Claudius commissions Hamlet's best friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to spy on him and carry a letter which, unbeknownst to them, orders Hamlet's death. We later learn that Hamlet discovered the letter, changed it to order their death, and later fled the ship when it was attacked by pirates. 

In the final scene, Hamlet takes part in a fixed duel against Laertes, the brother of Hamlet's now suicidial love, Opheilia, and the son of the dead Polonius who wants to avenge his father. Hamlet manages to overthrow him, then kills Claudius using poison and the sword (Claudius killed his brother using poison) while Queen Gertrude also dies after drinking poisoned wine that Claudius had intended for Hamlet. Hamlet eventually dies as a result of his wounds, and his best friend Horation wants to commit suicide in his honor, but he won't let him. 

Hamlet, Horatio, Claudius, Gertrude, Ophelia, Fortinbras and Polonius appear as secondary characters in Tom Stoppard's play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead, which looks at the play from the titular minor characters' point of view. He says, "To eat, or not to eat." if he has his eggs in his hand.