Hamlet is one of the different characters in ancient and modern literature because of his different perspectives towards life that position him above the average human being. While some people might consider him a hero, Hamlet demonstrates villain tendencies that create a confusing appeal towards the reader. His chronic nature to commit mistakes differentiates him from other people in his surroundings. However, various authors have indicated that the people in his immediate environment provoke his thought process, which converts him to be an evil character throughout the play.
At first, Hamlet is portrayed as a fast-rising young leader whose eyes are set on the throne as the next kingpin. However, events around the play change drastically, changing Hamlet from a hero to a villain with a corrupted moral compass. After realizing Claudius poisoned his father, Hamlet results in depression, which hinders him from connecting with other people in his surroundings (Landry, 2014). At some point, he even contemplates committing suicide, an aspect that demonstrates his lack of focus. However, when Hamlet realizes that he cannot trust anyone after learning about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s collaboration with his enemy, he stabs Polonius. He does not apologize for the deceptive act.
Different authors have indicated that the people in his immediate environment provoke his thought process, which converts him to be an evil character throughout the play. From this realization, understanding the different needs of individuals expose Hamlet as a villain whose moral corruption extends the standards level witnessed in the world today. Despite his desire to pursue happiness and gratitude, Hamlet falls into depression after the death of his father, breaking his moral judgment when interacting with other people in his immediate environment.
Landry, O. (2014). Affecting Grace: Theatre, subject, and the Shakespearean paradox in german literature from lessing to Kleist. German Studies Review, 37(2), 428-429.