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From the moment readers meet Hamlet, it is evident that he is gloomy, bitter, and sorrowful. Throughout the play he keeps these characteristics, while also developing new ones.
Act I Scene II, we are first shown Hamlet's feelings. It is shown in his anger and sadness over losing his father and gaining his uncle as a new father within a short amount of time. We see this in this quote from Hamlet; "A little more than kin and less than kind".
Act I Scene V, this is where Hamlet interacts with his father's ghost. This ghost asks Hamlet to avenge his murder from his Uncle Claudius. We also see a development of skepticism from Hamlet due to him not trusting this ghost.
Avenge my death!
First I must prove you are not tricking me!
Now, this is the beginning of Hamlet's "false" madness. This is a theme throughout the play that has a big part in Hamlet's characterization. He is pretending to be "mad" in pursuit of discovering whether his uncle actually killed his father.
In Act II Scene I, Hamlet's madness is first discovered by Ophelia. She tells her father about Hamlet coming to see her, in which she notices his insanity. From here, her father, Polonius, immediately wants to tell the King.
He is crazy!
In Act II Scene II King Claudius and Queen Gertrude take notice on Hamlet's new way of acting. Thus leading to them taking action and get Hamlet's friends involved to try and help him.
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