Hamlet Extra Credit Assignment #4 - Hamlet on Facebook

Hamlet Activity: Characterization

When we read a text, the author subtly builds characters with a variety of literary techniques. When we examine and identify these techniques, we can (like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz) look behind the curtain of the author, revealing his or her methods for expressing the fullness of a character's personality.

Think about three of the main characters in Hamlet. What are three qualities or personality traits those characters exhibit? Write those three traits down beside each character's name.

How did you know these characters had those characteristics? What literary devices were used to convey those personalities?

To identify these literary techniques, read Shmoop's Hamlet Characters and Hamlet Characterization section, which looks at the way an author digs into his or her toolkit to build different characters. For the traits you've listed for each character, find three quotations from the text that prove that character exhibits those traits.





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Horatio thinks he saw a ghost.

Hamlet thinks it's annoying when your uncle marries your mother right after your dad dies.

The king thinks Hamlet's annoying.

Laertes thinks Ophelia can do better.

Hamlet's father is now a zombie.

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The king poked the queen.

The queen poked the king back.

Hamlet and the queen are no longer friends.

Marcellus is pretty sure something's rotten around here.

Hamlet became a fan of daggers.

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Polonius says Hamlet's crazy ... crazy in love!

Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Hamlet are now friends.

Hamlet wonders if he should continue to exist. Or not.

Hamlet thinks Ophelia might be happier in a convent.

Ophelia removed "moody princes" from her interests.

Hamlet posted an event: A Play That's Totally Fictional and In No Way About My Family

The king commented on Hamlet's play: "What is wrong with you?"

Polonius thinks this curtain looks like a good thing to hide behind.

Polonius is no longer online.

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Hamlet added England to the Places I've Been application.

The queen is worried about Ophelia.

Ophelia loves flowers. Flowers flowers flowers flowers flowers. Oh, look, a river.

Ophelia joined the group Maidens Who Don't Float.

Laertes wonders what the hell happened while he was gone.

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The king sent Hamlet a goblet of wine.

The queen likes wine!

The king likes ... oh crap.

The queen, the king, Laertes, and Hamlet are now zombies.

Horatio says well that was tragic.

Fortinbras, Prince of Norway, says yes, tragic. We'll take it from here.

Denmark is now Norwegian.

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