Marcellus, Hamlet’s good friend, experiences a bad feeling when he sees the ghost, “something is rotten in the state of Denmark” (1.4.90), Marcellus says as he quickly realizes the corruption that is happening in Denmark after King Hamlet 's murder (1263). “O villain, villain, smiling damned
Others would say that after he accepts his father 's plea for vengeance, that he uses this cloak of madness as a disguise so Claudius cannot see his murderous intentions. As many researchers know there is much evidence for both his sanity, and his madness. But which is true? In the play, Hamlet is constantly talking to himself, which is already one sign of madness, but the things that he says to himself are murderous and even suicidal quotes. One of the quotes in the play being, “HAMLET: O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw and resolve itself into a dew, Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self-slaughter!
The setting of Hamlet differs greatly from present day Denmark. In the play, it is meant to emphasize the theme of the nation as a diseased body. For example, Claudius, Hamlet’s uncle, murders his own brother to take the throne for himself, as shown when he says, “To bear our hearts in grief and our whole kingdom to be contracted in one brow woe.” (Hamlet, 1.2.3-4). This demonstrates that the nation is rotting because the actions of the leader are corrupt. This also alludes to the corruption in Denmark caused by a single all powerful leader during Hamlet’s time.
He claims that his killer is Claudius. Hamlet sets out to find out if the ghost is truthful (which he is), and then to get revenge. Along the way he ends up causing 6 unnecessary deaths, including his mother’s. He finally gets revenge by killing Claudius with a poisoned sword and poisoned wine, but not before being poisoned himself. IMPORTANT SCENE - When Hamlet interacts with his
The presence of the ghost is a bad omen in itself as it is a sign that bad things have taken place or will take place. Throughout Act 1 we have learned that after King Hamlet’s death, moral and natural order has gone wrong in the state of Denmark subsequent to Claudius’ rise in power with the evidence of a ghost floating around. Marcellus’ line reinforces the point and tone of some of Hamlet 's earlier remarks—for example, that Denmark is "an unweeded garden" of "things rank and gross in nature" (Act 1, scene 2) is confirmed by the ghost of Hamlet’s father which makes Hamlet realize the real rottenness of Denmark. Although Shakespeare predominantly presents Claudius ' rottenness through his actions, imagery is also used to emphasize Claudius ' rotten nature. Hamlet refers to Claudius as a weed that chokes the garden and warns Gertrude not to "spread the compost on the weeds, To make them ranker”.
According to Document A (“Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder…. Haste me to know’t, that I, with wings as swift as meditation or the thoughts of love, O god! Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder may my revenge be sweep.”) Basically his father tells him that Claudius has murdered him. Then, Hamlet tells his father that he will avenge him quickly but he doesn’t do it. I think lying to his dead father is unjust.
In this way we can see that every action Hamlet performs in the play is tainted by his need to kill Claudius. The prince becomes painfully suspicious of everyone around him, not knowing who is or is not spying on him. He questions his mother violently, mocks Polonius before killing him, suspecting him to be Claudius, and he sends his old friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to their deaths because he believed that they were spying for
In the end proctor says “ let rebecca nurse go like a saint; for me it is fraud” and “it is evil and I do it.” (miller 138) This quote furthermore proves that he knows he is responsible for where he is at and for his actions. Based on this information proctor meets all the characteristics of a tragic hero and therefore is one. Proctor does have goodness in him, but he tends to keep it hidden. He has some superiority because if he didn’t he would not be so feared. His tragic flaw that he suffers from is being lustful and he even admits it.
Why does Hamlet delay in his revenge upon his uncle Claudius? Hamlet's dead father's ghost tells him that Claudius not only killed the king but in the two months since the murder, Claudius has also crowned himself king and married his wife and Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude. Hamlet realizes the truthfulness of these facts by watching Claudius’ reaction to the play within the play, “The Murder of Gonzago”, which depicts the way Claudius murdered his brother with poison. After witnessing Claudius’ guilty reaction, Hamlet desires to see Claudius pay for his crime. Yet, given the opportunity to murder Claudius as he prays, Hamlet delays.
William Shakespeare 's “Hamlet” is a standout amongst the most tragic plays ever written . Throughout the play , several different people want revenge on somebody. Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, thinks of taking immediate , brutal revenge upon the current king of his country, his uncle, Claudius, who murdered Hamlet’s father, the original king , in order to take the crown and wed the Queen, Gertrude . When trying to avenge his father by slaughtering his uncle, Hamlet unintentionally murders Polonius , the father of one of his closest friends Laertes . In turn, Laertes wants to avenge his father’s demise by murdering Hamlet.