The essay question we will be addressing at the end of the play is:
“Hamlet can be considered to be both heroic and cowardly. Show how Shakespeare makes his audience aware of both qualities and discuss how they affect the audience’s response to his fate.”
As we continue, please have this in mind. When is Hamlet a hero? When is he weak? When is he brave? When is he a coward?
There are several key sequences we will focus on, but please be aware of how we can think of Hamlet like this all the way through.