Ophelia is widely known for her psychosis and eventual death in the Shakespeare play, “Hamlet”. Her character is referenced in many forms of artwork, particularly her death. Probably the most iconic painting of her demise is the painting, “Ophelia”, by John Everett Millais. The oil on canvas painting depicts Ophelia lying in the river surrounded the flowers she had been picking before she drowned. In this project, however instead of showing Ophelia’s corpse in the water, the painting depicts the water in her corpse.
Jean Toomer was an important American Poet during the Harlem Renaissance. One of his most famous work was Cane, which he wrote after his experience in the south as a school principal. Cane consisted of a collection of poems and stories, and it played an important role during the Harlem Renaissance. Toomer wrote about the African American slaves and the circumstances they faced during harvest. Harvest Song, which appears in chapter 27 of the book Cane, and it is a poem written in first person in which the narrator is a reaper who works in the field.
Throughout the ages, the answer to the question of life’s purpose has eluded and confused many. Shakespeare creates the “To be, or not to be” speech and uses intentional structure to reveal Hamlet’s paradigm on life. After Hamlet is called to vengeance by his father’s ghost, he goes about his “antic disposition” (2.1.181) to begin his plot to murder his uncle, Claudius. He is conflicted by this plan of action because while he feels an obligation to help his father escape purgatory, committing murder is against his religion.
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” (Steinbeck, “Travels with Charley: In Search of America”) In other words, nothing can be appreciated without understanding its negative half. In this play by Shakespeare, Hamlet is indecisive and goes through a variety of problems in his quest for revenge.
Literary devices are used in every book, story, magazine, etc. There are hundreds of literary devices and authors use about 10 or more in one book. Some common literary devices used in Hamlet are repetitions, metaphors, and similes. In Hamlet, the literary devices used are to compare things, put emphasis on things, and help readers understand the novel. Repetitions are used to put emphasis on something a character might say.
Loyalty is construct that defines individual disposition. A person’s response to fidelity delineates the calibre in which they conduct their life. Society classifies trustworthiness as a required trait, so consequently, the lack of it renders an individual as ostracised. However, allegiance is used as a malleable commodity to achieve a goal whilst dispending people as cannon fodder. Shakespeare exhibits a dichotomy of individuals shaped by their integrity through the contrasting characters of Horatio and Rosencrantz with Guildenstern.
Throughout the play Hamlet, it is discovered that Hamlet goes through many ordeals in such a short period of time and these ordeals altered his perspective on life. In the play, we learn what Hamlet’s perspective is, how his perspective is formed, and how it affects the meaning of the play. To begin with, through Hamlet soliloquies, we learn what Hamlet’s perspective on life is. At the beginning of the play, it is revealed that Hamlet believes life is worthless. This is evident in his “to be or not to be” soliloquy.
Hamlet's dichotomy can also be shown through Blake's poem ‘A Poison Tree'. The poem is made up of four quatrains illustrating the act of revenge, and can be seen as Hamlet's need to take revenge on Claudius. Since Hamlet is a spontaneous character but with a methodical approach, he represses his ability to take action until he is certain. This is similar to the poem as the person did not confront the problem ‘And I sunned it with smiles, And soft deceitful wiles.' The lexical choice ‘sunned' presents the image of a plant which has been nurtured, suggesting that the ‘smiles' have allowed a stronger hatred to develop. Likewise, the plural noun ‘wiles' shows a deceitful and manipulative approach which also adds to the desire to take revenge,
“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't being said. The art of reading between the lines is a life long quest of the wise,” explains the American author Shannon L. Alder. This statement illustrates that the better one is at perceiving people or situations without just the facts, one will be more wiser and receive rewards for their ability to perceive. Perception means to use one’s senses to understand certain people or situations without being told by becoming aware of hidden meanings. The way that people interpret either people or situations will ultimately affect their way of life, therefore, having knowledge of something that is not directly expressed will make one’s life much easier.
Does Gertrude love Hamlet, or is she just a co-conspirator for Claudius? This is a question that readers attempt to answer while reading through the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Throughout the play, Gertrude displays actions that can lead readers to believe either side of the question. Overall, Gertrude is a character with little substance which allows readers to interpret her character in many different ways. To start with, Gertrude, Queen of Denmark, is the wife of King Claudius, and the mother of Prince Hamlet.
One of Hamlet’s tragic flaws that leads to his ultimate downfall is his indecision. In Act II scene ii, Hamlet’s soliloquy reveals how much loathing he has for himself. He sees himself as weak and useless for not avenging his father’s death after the spirit of King Hamlet discloses the information of his murder. Hamlet calls himself a coward because he does not have nearly as much passion for his deceased father as the actor does for Hecuba, a fictional character that the player does not even know. However, Hamlet convinces himself that he has a reason for not immediately killing Claudius.