How Hamlet changes throughout the play due to his many losses.

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Throughout the course of Shakespeare's Hamlet, the main character, Prince Hamlet, is forced to overcome many devastating losses. Dealing with these hardships causes Hamlet to change during the course of the play. Hamlet's change from a peaceful to bloodthirsty man is evident through his anger over his situation, his wanting revenge, and his determination to finally get what he wants.

Hamlet's peaceful life was flipped upside down very quickly. His father, King Hamlet, died, and his mother remarried his uncle very shortly after his father's death. Claudius, Hamlet's uncle, took the throne that Hamlet rightfully deserved. While trying to work out this awkward situation, Hamlet is met by the ghost of his father. The ghost explains that he did not die, it was through a "murder most foul," that he was killed by his own brother. Hamlet is left not sure what to believe, only making his anger worse.

He is angry at his mother for going through with such a hasty marriage so soon after the king's death. This is evident when he states, "Frailty, thy name is woman," expressing his dissatisfaction with his mother's choices. He is also upset with Claudius as he says, "A little more than kin and less than kind," of their relationship. It is difficult for him since he has no like for Claudius even though they are now even more closely related.

After much brooding over his anger, Hamlet realizes he wants revenge. However, even though he has convinced himself, he is not able to perform the act. In his most famous soliloquy Hamlet is forced to make a decision on how to act with the knowledge the ghost has given him, "To be, or not to be, that is the question: whether it is nobler in the mind to...