Research Article

Duality in Hamlet's Character: Good and Evil Nature


  • Md. Rakib Hossain Bachelor, English Language and literature, Gono Bishwabidyalay, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Master, English Language Teaching (ELT), Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Duality means having an opposite or contrasting quality or characteristic. Duality in Hamlet's character means that he possesses a certain quality or characteristic in his action, while in the same action, he conveys a completely opposite quality or characteristic. Shakespeare mysteriously creates his characters in his play: Hamlet, a character in Shakespeare's play Hamlet, conveys contrasting stable dual qualities – good and evil nature – that make him both hero and villain. Throughout the play, his actions portray his courage, sacrifice, nobility, moral integrity, and determination, as well as his pride, vindictiveness, ambition, indifference, and unholiness. The author thoroughly read the play and studied the character intensively. The article focuses on the duality – opposite balanced characteristics – of Hamlet, which makes the audience pliable with his completely contradictory characteristics of him.

Article information


International Journal of English Language Studies

Volume (Issue)

5 (1)





How to Cite

Hossain, M. R. (2023). Duality in Hamlet’s Character: Good and Evil Nature. International Journal of English Language Studies, 5(1), 59–63.



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