Hamlet Essay | Character Foils in Hamlet

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Character Foils in Hamlet

Summary: The role of character foils in William Shakespeare's classic drama, "Hamlet."

In writing his plays, Shakespeare has been known for putting the antagonists in situations complementary to the dilemmas of the main character or hero. The reason for this being done is to give us a lucid idea of what the characters are like, through inequality or conformity between them. In writing Hamlet, Shakespeare doesn't fail to give many foils for the main character, Hamlet. For example, Ophelia can be viewed as a foil. They both know what it is like to have your father murdered. Ophelia's insanity and eventual demise are a result of the loss of her father. Not all of Hamlet's foils are close to him. The son of the King of Norway, Fortinbras, is an example of this. After the King is killed, Fortinbras's uncle, the king's brother, takes over the throne. This is almost explicitly what happened to Hamlet. The princes of...

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