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The Major Importance of Minor Characters

Summary: Discusses the importance of minor characters in literary works. Analyzes the roles they play in Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet and Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet Letter. Considers how the inclusion of minor characters vivaciously delineates thematic elements and underlying tones of human actions.
The role of minor characters in works is generally to accentuate the support and influence of the protagonist and also to symbolically reveal behavioral patterns in human nature. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Pearl, the child of Hester and Dimmesdale symbolized the passion, innocence, and ignorance of her parents' love and relationship. Similarly Shakespeare creates minor characters Horatio, Ophelia and Queen Gertrude to shape the thematic elements of Hamlet; essentially highlighting aspects of human conditions.

Horatio's introduction in Act 1.1 outlines his practicality and reasonable manner. Marcellus and Bernardo's reaction to the ghost is fearful and rather superstitious, but Horatio maintains a more scientific, logical approach to the ghost's arrival. Shakespeare writes, "Before my God, I might not this believe without the sensible and true avouch of mine own eyes." (60-62) Seeing is believing marks Horatio's nature. His symbol of reason throughout the play...

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