In the play Hamlet, there are many characters that add to the dramatic force
of the play. Characters like Hamlet, Claudius, and Polonius are just some of the
characters that have made big contributions to the dramatic force of the play.
Claudius adds dramatic force to the play with the murder of his brother, King
Hamlet, which he committed. Hamlet adds a sense of drama to the play with his
plot to kill Claudius, his uncle, for the killing of his father. Polonius adds drama to
the play by introducing the theme of spying, a very important theme in the play,
Hamlet. With these facts laid out, it's easy to say that Hamlet, Claudius, and
Polonius are the three characters in the play Hamlet that add the most dramatic
force into the play. These points will be examined and proven by looking through
excerpts of the dialogue of the play, Hamlet.
Claudius is responsible for the murder of his brother, King Hamlet, which
begins all the drama within the play.
He admits to the heinous crime by saying:
"Oh, my offence is rank. It smells to heaven. It hath the primal eldest curse upon 't, A brother's murder. Pray can I not. Though inclination be as sharp as will, My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent, And, like a man to double business bound, I stand in pause where I shall first begin, And both neglect. What if this cursÃÂ¨d hand Were thicker than itself with brother's blood? Is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy But to confront the visage of offence? And what's in prayer but this twofold force, To be forestallÃÂ¨d ere we come to fall Or pardoned being down? Then I'll look up.