Write an essay in which you explain how such a minor character (in the list below) functions in Hamlet.

In some works of literature, a minor character who appears briefly, or does not appear at all, is nevertheless significant. Write an essay in which you explain how such a minor character (in the list below) functions in Hamlet. You might choose to discuss how Shakespeare uses the minor character (in the list below) to affect action, theme, or the development of other characters.  Why might Shakespeare have created minor characters (in the list below)  like this? Are they there for comic relief, or do they serve a more serious purpose? You MUST use quotes and examples from the text to support your point of view (POV).   The essay must be in APA format and you MUST cite your quotes, create a cover page and a bibliography.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Classmates of Hamlet’s in Wittenberg. Claudius summons them to Elsinore to spy on Prince Hamlet.

Fortinbras King of Norway, bound to avenge his father’s death by the Danes’ hands.

Osric Affected courtier who plays a minor role as the King’s messenger and as umpire of the fencing match between Hamlet and Laertes.

Voltimand and Cornelius Danish courtiers who are sent as ambassadors to the Court of Norway.

Marcellus and Barnardo Danish officers on guard at the castle of Elsinore.

Francisco Danish soldier on guard at the castle of Elsinore.

Reynaldo Young man whom Polonius instructs and sends to Paris to observe and report on Laertes’ conduct.

Two Clowns (the Gravediggers) Two rustics (identified as clowns) who dig Ophelia’s grave.

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