Claudius doesn’t confess and puts on quite a show during the murder scene that one would be puzzled as to why no one could see past his fake, friendly exterior. Claudius failing to confess just illuminates his truly malicious spirit. The ghost is also a character that sparks many questions within the play. Hamlet himself questioned whether the ghost was actually his father or the devil in disguise, trying to tempt Hamlet in committing a crime just as wicked as his step-fathers. However, Hamlet quickly dismisses that thought and convinces himself he needs to murder Claudius for revenge.
With the strong use of manipulation and deception, madness easily is at the center of the conflicts in the play Hamlet. All examples of madness begin and end with death, tying into the concept of revenge. Hamlet’s ‘sham’ of madness is triggered by the death of his father and only grows stronger after seeing his ghost. Being tricked by Hamlet’s madness, Polonius attempts to figure out the reason for Hamlet’s behavior, assuming he is love-sick about Ophelia. This results in mockery in act 2, scene 2 as Polonius leaves the room and Hamlet mutters, “(aside) These tedious old fools!” (2.2 237).
Or it can be seen as the ghost being some type of evil spirit trying to destroy hamlet through bad advice. The ghost is simply trying to free its spirit from purgatory and not trying to destroy hamlet, this is evident due to the fact that we know that Claudius killed Hamlet’s father in cold blood before he could pray for his sins. The ghosts role in the play is to tell Hamlet how he truly died. The nature in which the ghost appears in the play changes from appearance to appearance. This is due to the ghost having to get through to Hamlet in a different way, and for a different reason in each appearance.
Throughout Hamlet, Prince Hamlet is faced against many situations that question his mental stability and ability to make decisions. His indecisiveness comes from the way he reacts to the situations he is put in and the way his mind presents these situations to him. The most important indecisive moments are Hamlet’s suicidal thoughts, his father’s ghost, and his vengeance to Claudius. When Hamlet is told by a ghost that has a resemblance of his father that Claudius had killed him, he vows to take vengeance and revenge his father’s death. 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.
He was to the point where he thought it would just be easier to die than to live with all these struggles. Hamlet’s uncle Claudius killed his father which put a huge burden on his shoulders because he loved his father so much. What made it even worse was his mom, Gertrude, ended up marrying Claudius short after King Hamlet 's death. After the king was murdered, Hamlet saw his father’s “ghost” which told him that Claudius was in fact the one that killed him and that he wanted Hamlet to seek revenge for him by killing Claudius, but not to punish his mother for remarrying. He said it is not his place to do so and that heaven will judge her when it comes time.
As Claudius repents, Hamlet feels as though it's the best time to kill him until he says: And so ’a goes to Heaven; And so am I revenged. That would be scanned. A villain kills my father; and for that, I, his son, do this same villain send To heaven (3.3.73-78) Essentially, Hamlet wanted to murder Claudius because he was the Old King’s murderer. But, after he realized that Claudius was
The story of Hamlet by William Shakespeare is a story of betrayal, revenge, and intrigue. Hamlet, the title character discovers that his uncle killed his father and married his mother effectively stealing the throne. Hamlet decides he must kill his uncle Claudius as revenge for what he had done. However, as the new king, Hamlet isn't sure how to get to him, so he decides to fake madness, but his plan backfires as Claudius doesn't trust him and makes sure he is always watched. In his fumbled plan for revenge, Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius, forces Polonius's son Laertes to seek revenge against him, and drives Ophelia crazy causing her to kill herself.
The conflict for Hamlet is whether or not to carry out this vendetta, which is what causes the tragedy. Throughout the duration of Hamlet, he is seen making plans to get his revenge on his uncle, who murdered Hamlet’s father. The idea of revenge poisons Hamlet and while he says he is only pretending to be mad, it appears that he
The uncle that took his crown and now his father’s ghost who tells him Claudius murder his father. Will he get avenge for his father’s death? So now Hamlet begins to question his life is it worth the living “To be, or not to be? That is the question”—Whether ’tis nobler in mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And, by opposing, end them? (line 57-61pg 63)
Now I am going to talk about when Hamlet was denying with himself about everything… in document B he starts calling himself a vogue, peasant, ass, whore and a coward. Then he starts saying “To do’t…. O, from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody,or be nothing worth!”. So hamlet is thinking that he should kill him and him thinking if all this is even worth it or if he shouldn’t even try. The reason that hamlet is calling himself all these names and everything was because of his father’s death.