They use deceptive language to ensure that they cover up some mistakes that could make them guilt nature. Thus, the deception is designed to benefit the characters through drawing attention away from their suspicious activities. In Hamlet, the entire story revolves around Hamlet’s dilemma of means to murder his uncle, whilst being deceptive enough; therefore, that no one finds out regarding the cost. Claudius utilizes deception to protect himself from being jailed for his crime of murdering the King. Claudius says that “ To our most valiant brother…” demonstrates that he was not remorseful regarding his brother’s death and may be covering up the reality that he murdered him (Hamlet 21).
murder”(Beasley 1985). Again, he does not see Claudius as just ordinary person considering how the father’s ghost referred to him as “Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast, with witchcraft of his wits, with traitorous gift. O wicked wit and gift that has the power to seduce” (Act I, Scene 5). These strong words of the ghost makes Hamlet to be very careful in approaching Claudius, even he already knows Hamlet plan. The major problem with Hamlet is that he engages enormous time in planning instead of taken action.
This is very important because that is what Hamlet is going through right now. He is wondering who he is and what he wants to accomplish with his life. This is also when Hamlet decides how he is going to trap Claudius and find out if he killed his father. The Article Know thyself by John Mayer we read about the ability to reason. It says “Those who are talented at this reasoning power make better guesses about how people are likely to behave” this is exactly what Hamlet is doing to uncover Claudius.
Hamlet's overthinking and inaction led to several unnecessary murders. Hamlet knew that Claudius is guilty, yet he still wants to make sure, therefore Hamlet made a play that played out the exact way that Claudius had killed King Hamlet. Hamlet had done this in order to watch how Claudius reacts to make sure that Claudius is the one who murdered his father, “I’ll observe his looks, if he do blench, I know my course” (Ham.2.2.583-585) “Now might I do it pat, now’a is a-praying. And now I’ll do’t” ( Ham. 3.3.72-73), Hamlet says, as he is debating whether or not to kill the king as he prays and thinks to himself if he kills him now then the king will just go to heaven because he is praying.
Instead of taking action and killing claudius, he questions whether the ghost was actually his father asking to revenge his death or the devil resembling his father to try to tempt him into murder. In No Fear Shakespeare from Sparknotes, Hamlet talks about his doubts to believe the ghost is actually his father or not by saying “May be the devil, and the devil hath power T’ assume a pleasing shape. Yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness and melancholy, As he is very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me (Act 2 Scene 2 Page 24). This shows how Hamlet was indecisive and how the ghost of his father was one of the major reasons why he was indecisive.
The play “Macbeth” is about an ambitious man, who becomes full of guilt from his actions. The famous play is written by Shakespeare, an author from Stratford-upon-Avon who did not start writing until he was 28. In “Macbeth” there is a sad person, a sadder person and the saddest person. The sad person is Macbeth, the sadder person being Lady Macbeth and the saddest person is Macduff because of the loss of his family. Throughout the play there is suffering both mental and physical but the person who suffers most is Lady Macbeth due to her guilt.
Corruption is a disease that over time rots the human way of thinking. In Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet, Prince Hamlet finds out about his father’s murder, causing him to go insane and wanting to seek revenge. His new motive in life is to seek revenge, which ends up corrupting him and everyone around him. In Hamlet, Shakespeare discusses the idea of corruption in order to show how it can contaminate a person’s heart and way of life. Hamlet faces many dilemmas throughout the novel, in one scene he even debates whether it is even worth it to live anymore: “ To be or not to be—that is the question:/ Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer/ The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,/ Or take arms against a sea of trouble” (3.1.64-67).
When reading Hamlet, readers may not pick up on Hamlet’s Shadow. Hamlet himself is unaware that he behaves instinctively as a killer and doesn’t realize that his actions are morally wrong, and the reader can easily take from this that Hamlet is truly in the right and that the actions he takes are justified due to his problematic relationships. Claudius tells Gertrude, “When sorrows come, they come not in single spies, but in battalions” to remind her that bad things normally happen in quick succession after long periods emotional rest (IV, v, 61-62). In Act 1, the Ghost says, “Murder most foul, as in the best it is. But this most foul, strange, and unnatural” when Hamlet is becoming gung-ho about murdering his father’s killer (who he does not yet know is Claudius).
I find this to be surprising as the audience knows that Hamlet’s madness is not caused by Ophelia. Instead, it is caused by the fact that Claudius might have murdered his father. I wonder if they will find out the real cause of Hamlet’s madness. If they do, will they punish Polonius for being wrong? I think we will find out pretty soon as Polonius has devised a way to test his hypothesis by hiding behind an arras while Hamlet and Ophelia talk.
I took thee for thy better”( 3.4.38). Hamlet is satisfied with the murdering of Polonious, even though he wanted to kill Claudius. At this point, Hamlet realizes he has the ability to act and kill. Hamlet adapts this rash mentality causing him no longer think, but just act. Hamlet believes the killing of Polonius was “for thy better” proving that he is not phased that he just mudered someone cold blooded.