Good

Hamlet

–   Nobly gives his vote to Fortinbras

“On Fortinbras: he has my dying voice;

So tell him, with the occurrence, more and less,

which have solicited. The rest is silence.”

(V.2.346-348)

Horatio

Wants to kill himself when Hamlet is about to die   – listens, very loyal

HORATIO: Never believe it.

I am more an antique Roman than a Dane.

Here’s yet some liquor left.(lifts the poisoned cup)

HAMLET: As thou’rt a man,

Give me the cup. Let go! By heaven, I’ll have ’t.

(takes cup from HORATIO)O God, Horatio, what a wounded name,

Things standing thus unknown, shall live behind me!

If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart

Absent thee from felicity a while,

And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain

To tell my story.(V.2.336-347)

Evil

Claudius

Wife killed by his poison

CLAUDIUS: Gertrude, do not drink.

GERTRUDE: I will, my lord. I pray you, pardon me. (drinks)

CLAUDIUS: (aside) It is the poisoned cup. It is too late (V.2.286-288)

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Polonius

Spies on Hamlet because he wants to win a favor from Claudius

Leads to his death

GERTRUDE: What wilt thou do? Thou wilt not murder me?

Help, help, ho!

POLONIUS: (from behind the arras) What, ho? Help, help, help!

HAMLET: How now, a rat? Dead for a ducat, dead!

(stabs his sword through the arras and kills POLONIUS)

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern

Killed after Claudius order them to betray Hamlet

Hamlet to Horatio: Their grand commission, where I found, Horatio-

O royal knavery!-an exact command,

Larded with many several sorts of reasons

Importing Denmark’s health, and England’s too,

With-ho!-such bugs and goblins in my life

That, on the supervise (no leisure bated,

No, not to stay the grinding of the ax)

My head should be struck off.

Cite this article as: William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team), "Good vs. Evil in Hamlet," in SchoolWorkHelper, 2019, https://schoolworkhelper.net/good-vs-evil-in-hamlet/.

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