Although Hamlet follows the instruction of his father, his questionable madness leads him to the answer of his questions – such as the guiltiness of King Claudius. Hamlet’s death is ultimately caused when he is stabbed with a poisoned sword; however, he finally attains his goal of killing King Claudius. By comparing the plotlines of Ophelia and Hamlet, the similarities become clearer. Both characters are young individuals that want to follow the wishes of their fathers. By doing this, they are indirectly led to their own death.
Then Hamlet (thinking it was the king) stabs Polonius through the curtain. Then the ghost comes back and reminds hamlet that it is not Gertrude to blame. Because of his actions at the end Gertrude drinks a poisoned glass that was meant for hamlet and dies. Second, I don’t think Ophelia actions are justified either. According Doc C: Ophelia’s father Polonius was killed which really affected her and she became crazy.
Thus showing how she is trying to help both her love ones by distrusting one and lying to the other. Throughout the play she is known as an ignorant character because she is not aware of anything that is happening. She is not aware that King Hamlet’s murder was by his own brother Claudius, even when all of Denmark was already suspicious of Claudius. Another situation that she is unaware of is when Claudius and Laertes make plans to put poison into Hamlet’s goblet, which ends up killing her. Overall her ignorant trait causes her death.
By observing the monologues with a superficial glance, one is lead to an arguably superficial motivation for each character. Hamlet seeks the sweet release of death and questions that if he were to “end the heart-ache” due to his father’s passing, that it would be worth the payment of his soul in Hell. The motivation of the contemplation for suicide then is perceived as heart-ache, and the tone of it underlies the monologue, such as when Hamlet mentions “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,” implying a poor drawing of fate due to his father’s murder (3.1.58). The other option debated in the monologue, to murder Claudius rather than himself, does not arise until much later in it, it being first referenced in
Hamlet did not mean to kill Polonius because he did not see who was behind the arras. Hamlet thought the man who yelled for help was King Claudius, but he let his emotions cloud his judgement and accidentally stabbed Polonius. This is the death that Hamlet is most responsible for because he directly killed
This is encapsulated in Hamlet exclaims, “frailty, thy name is woman!” about his mother’s hasty marriage to her deceased husband’s brother (Shakespeare 1.2.150). In this quote, Hamlet is dismissing all women as weak-willed like he believes Gertrude to be, which affects his interactions with Ophelia also. Hamlet is cruel to her because of this anger he has towards women in general, so when pretending to be mad, he goes “full force in the misogynist rage” when telling her he used to love her, but now she should go to a nunnery (Traub 192). Ophelia can be seen as weak in this scene because she protests little against Hamlet and only hopes that his insanity will end. These crude comments Hamlet says to Ophelia continue throughout the play until Ophelia is being buried when Hamlet asserts that he loved Ophelia.
She has a great influence over Macbeth, who comes off rather weak in her defense. Macbeth has the submissive wife role being indecisive and weak while Lady Macbeth has the dominant male role being strong and taking control. Right from the beginning Macbeth is seen weaker from the letters he writes to his wife. He wrote “ Is too full o’ the milk of human kindness.” showing his submissive values as a gentleman (Shakespeare 18). Additionally, Macbeth is also scared when his wife brings the idea of murder to the table.
For instance, he wasn’t sure if the ghost was telling the truth so he modifies the play, The Murder of Gonzago, to resemble the murder of his father. While the actors are performing the play, he will watch Claudius’ reactions to see if he truly is guilty. He also asks Horatio to watch Claudius to have a second opinion because Hamlet’s judgment may be bias. He says, “The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King” (II, 2, 60). Another scene in the play where Hamlet thinks logically before lashing out is when he sees Claudius praying and is completely vulnerable, but restrains from killing him.
Like most plays, they each have a protagonist with a so-called ‘fatal flaw,’ a lapse in character that leads to conflict within the story. For Much Ado About Nothing, the protagonist Claudio is gullible, and believes the lie that his love is unfaithful to him. In King Lear, Lear is prideful, and takes his daughter’s refusal to pour praise onto him as a personal affront. Another similarity between the two shows would be the use of misconception to further the plot. Lear believes that his daughter does not care for him and so takes away her inheritance, while Claudio believes that his betrothed has been unfaithful and so shames her on their wedding day.
“Frailty, thy name is woman!” (1,2,148)- women are weak and fragile,they can not fend for themselves they are brittle and easily broken, this is what some people see women as and Hamlet is one of them ; some men like Hamlet are misogynist as well. But we can not blame him for this. He has been betrayed by his own mother, Gertrude. A mother should show compassion, love, and stick up for their child and she has not shown any of that in the novel Hamlet by William Shakespeare. For this we see misogyny built throughout many of the scenes and it gives us reasoning as to why Hamlet can not love Ophelia the way we ourselves view love.