Ambition is a candle; a leading light with a willpower that guides one to the next light. Yet a wind appears in the opposite direction; making its way to the candle. The strength of the flame will not remain as the wind reflects the malicious change. Poet, William Shakespeare, in his play, “Macbeth”, portrays an intrepid man who loses his humanity and rushes his fate of becoming king; turning into the most hated man in his kingdom. Shakespeare’s purpose is to expand the consequences of leading with an egocentric mentality and depicting the limits of one’s ambition.
He is blind and unfair as a father and as a ruler. He desires all the trappings of power without the responsibility which is why the passive and forgiving Cordelia is the perfect choice for a successor. ( Foster Edward E.) The audience may feel alienated towards him at the start of the play considering his selfish and harsh treatment of his favorite daughter.As an audience, we soon feel sympathy for Lear despite his egotistical manner. He quickly regrets his decision and can be forgiven for behaving rashly
In Hamlet, Queen Gertrude marries King Claudius, Hamlet’s uncle. In a way, Hamlet does feel betrayed by his mother’s marriage to her recently deceased husband’s brother. He feels as if she did not love his father, for if she did, she would have grieved longer. Through Hamlet and Queen Gertrude’s relationship and interactions, Shakespeare shows how even those closest to one can feel betrayed by actions and decisions that do not directly involve them. However, whether purposeful or not, Shakespeare does only portray familial betrayal.
The motivation behind their actions moving forward in the plot are simply to maintain their new founded authority. Since the both of them have just witnessed Lear banishing two of his favorite subjects, Kent and his own daughter Cordelia, they fear that he may take back his throne at the slightest whim; “You see how full of changes his age is; the observation we have made of it hath been little. He always loved our sister most, and with what poor judgement he hath now cast her off appears too grossly” (1.1.84-87). I must note that I cannot justify the actions of these two sisters in their pursuit of power. However, it is still peculiar to me that these two women are vilified so, whereas a man who is aggressive in his search for power might not
Prospero's indifference about how Caliban felt, meant that Caliban's emotional distress was one sided. In addition to Caliban, Prospero's yearning for vengeance also creates internal issues for himself. After Ferdinand and Miranda announce their marriage, Prospero claims his "rejoicing / At nothing can be more," because he must "perform / Much business appertaining," (Shakespeare, 95-99). Usually, a father focuses more on his daughter getting married, however Prospero can only focus on his plans for vengeance. Some believe that the characters internal struggles were caused by the wrongdoers, and not a lack of forgiveness; however, at the end of the play, after Prospero becomes a more virtuous character, his conflicts with his brother and Caliban are resolved, clearly showing that their focus on vengeance is what caused the internal struggles.
Goneril and Regan who is the daughters of King Lear are similar with Gloucester’s son, Edmund. They are like pretending to love their father but actually they are just doing that to get what they want which is to acquire their father’s land and title. King Lear and Gloucester both have poor judgment. King Lear wasn’t able to see the love of Cordelia to him and the future plans of Goneril and Regan which is to make him miserable and to betray him while Gloucester is gullible with Edmund’s trick and fraud. The actors of the play were able to show what the characters is about and on how they express their emotions and acting.
This is a high status matter, which requires a profound and multi-dimensional analysis of what the famous writer Shakespeare wanted to present in one of his best and most valued works. First of all, in order to start analysis of the problem of justice in King Lear, we need to take a closer look on the main plot. King Lear has three daughters: Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. He wants to divide between them parts of his kingdom and he foolishly decides to use his daughters love as a measure which of them deserves the bigger part of his properties. The two older daughters make beautiful and flattering speeches describing their love for the father, while Cordelia refuses to take part in the test saying that her love can’t be measured and she’s not able to express her feelings with words.
Piper Gonzalez Mrs.Orona English 4 6 February 2018 Hamlet character analysis essay “With new power comes abuse of power” (Rose).. As the father of Ophelia, Polonius feels he has some right to power. He wants power but not for the right reasons. Polonius plays a game of he said she said in order to manipulate the people around him in pursuance of power. In the play, Hamlet, William Shakespeare utilizes the character Polonius to show that the abuse of power, manipulativeness, corruptness, and social status can support his obvious discontent with the life he lives. Polonius may seem to be demented and elderly but he declared it to himself that nothing was going to come between himself and his social standing.
Hamlet finds out that this was a setup of Claudius and Polonius to spy on him, so they can find out if he is truly mad. All of Hamlet’s comments towards Ophelia suggest that he feels betrayed. Hamlet and Ophelia showed each other true love but both were mad after their fathers’ deaths. Hamlet was acting mad to have revenge while Ophelia was truly mad. During Ophelia’s funeral, Hamlet stated “I loved Ophelia; forty thousand brothers could not with all their quantity of love make up my sum”, expressing his true feelings towards her.
If Hamlet had accepted Claudius as king and forgiven his mother or had completely committed to carrying out revenge, the play would have ended much differently, but Hamlet’s indecisiveness presented him from doing either. Hamlet’s death was a direct result of his indecisiveness, which makes him a tragic hero and Hamlet a