From the murder of gonzago to hamlet's pretence of madness, hamlet is a work obsessed with acting and deception gillian woods explores how the play unsettles distinctions between performance and reality and how it thus exposes the mechanisms of theatre hamlet – both the character and the play in. In literature, there have been countless antiheroic characters, from randle mcmurphy in one flew over the cuckoo's nest and allie fox in the mosquito coast, to others as famous as robin hood by literary in william shakespeare's hamlet, the protagonist, hamlet, is depicted as an antihero one main factor which. Hamlet: hamlet, central character in william shakespeare's hamlet the character's hamlet's story was centuries old at the time that shakespeare wrote hamlet, about 1599–1601 hamlet corresponds to even while watching the play he has manipulated to catch the guilty king, hamlet does not act but merely muses.
A protagonist (from ancient greek πρωταγωνιστής (protagonistes), meaning ' player of the first part, (chief actor)' is the main character in any story, such as a literary work or drama the protagonist is at the center of the story, makes the key decisions, and experiences the consequences of those decisions the protagonist.
In fiction, a foil is a character who contrasts with another character —usually the protagonist— to highlight particular qualities of the other character in some cases, a subplot can be used as a foil to the main plot this is especially true in the case of metafiction and the story within a story motif the word foil comes from the.
This list is for characters in fictional works who exemplify the qualities of an antihero – a protagonist whose characteristics include the following: imperfections that separate them from typically heroic characters (selfishness, ignorance, bigotry, etc) lack of positive qualities such as courage, physical prowess, and fortitude.