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Written by Ana L
(6/13/2003 10:00 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Them or me, penned by Line
] He is responsible for the misery of one innocent person (Ophelia) and the deaths of three comparatively innocent people (Polonius, Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern)before he finally gets to the one he wants, Claudius. IMO, that makes him a very ambiguous hero!
Hamlet was betrayed by all of them. Ophelia wasn't strong enough to withstand her father's machinations against Hamlet. (Other posters have mentioned other, stronger Shakespearean heroines who defy others for love, but Ophelia isn't one of them.)
Polonius forces his daughter to betray Hamlet and likely was in cahoots with Claudius to kill his father and rob young Hamlet of his throne. And, his boyhood friends, R&G also betray him by spying on him and reporting back to Claudius. (With friends like that.....) None necessarily deserving of murder but certainly not entirely innocent either.
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