Murder and death are the driving forces to one character’s motives. In The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare, a play about a young prince, Hamlet, whose father is murdered prior and the trials of confirming who the killer is, go wary after a play sparks the new King’s attention. Hamlet is in and out of a grievous time trying to understand his father’s death while not a single soul mourns the loss. Power is what consumes King Claudius as he plots for Hamlet’s death with unexpected deaths to follow. Hamlet is consistently perceived as insane for trying to grief his father and avenge him.
Shakespeare writes the play giving the audience the final decision of who is at fault for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Throughout the play fault can be placed on Romeo. He makes a variety of choices that lead to Juliet’s death and his own. Romeo is constantly blaming his own careless behaviors on fate.
William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, is a tragic story about the struggles of a prince named Hamlet who seeks to avenge his father’s death. Hamlet is so determined to sabotage his uncle, who has taken his father’s crown and is responsible for the crime, that Hamlet himself increasingly becomes insane. Family bonds and friendships are broken as death begins to claim their loved ones and vengeance becomes the primary mindset of the characters. As the play progresses, three prominent themes of death, revenge, and madness drive the plot to its wretched end. Death is the most obvious and reoccurring theme displayed in Hamlet beginning with the death of King Hamlet.
Conflict is one of the many ways Shakespeare used to spice up the play of Romeo and Juliet. Not to mention that conflict is a recurring theme within the play as it intertwines with several other themes to importantly show the relationship of conflict to tragedy. He explores conflict to bring the significance of tragedy within the play, this can be observed that the idea of conflict has been dispersed throughout the play. This can be seen as when conflicts build up and unveil itself in a chain till the death of Romeo and Juliet, this intensifies what Shakespeare depicts the conflict as a means of proving the worth of conflict in the play. Since the play of Romeo and Juliet was set In Verona, during the Renaissance period, it was the rebirth of Art and beauty, showcasing nobility, humility, and dignity.
The scene of Mercutio and Tybalt’s death is the main turning point in the play. This scene in Act 3 of the play starts off the spiral of people dying (Shakespeare III-V). The death of Mercutio is the first death in play and right after Mercutio dies Tybalt follows, along with the death of Paris, Romeo, Juliet, and Lady Montague. As Romeo is fighting Tybalt he yells, “That late thou gavest me, for Mercutio’s soul /Is
When Hamlet meets with the ghost King Hamlet in the opening scene, he realizes that his father is murdered by Claudius. From Act I scene 5, the ghost King Hamlet is asking Hamlet to seek for revenge, “So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt hear” (1.5.12). By knowing this, Hamlet starts the revenge for his father and sets the tone of the entire play where death, revenge, murder, and suicide become the symbols of the whole play, and leads to the deaths of almost all the characters, including Claudius, Laertes, Polonius, Ophelia, Queen Gertrude, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Hamlet himself. Also, because of his father’s death and his mother’s quick marriage with Claudius, Hamlet has the idea of committing suicide. From Act I scene 2, "O, that this too sullied flesh would melt,Thaw, and resolve itself to dew" (1.2.133-134).
Sinful Macduff,/They were all struck for thee! naught that I am,/Not for their own demerits, but for mine... (IV.iii.262-264). Additionally, the way that Macbeth speaks of Macduff when he is planning his family’s murder shows even more how undeserving Macduff is of this cruel and brutal sacrifice, “The castle of Macduff I will surprise:/Seize upon Fife; give to the edge o’ the sword/His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls... (IV.i.165-167). Although both Macbeth and Macduff used their guilt as motivators to achieve their goals, Macduff was the only one who used it to do something right, which was to help his country.
Hamlet Character deception is a common characteristic that has and will be a reflecting characteristic in literature for centuries. In many of William Shakespeare’s tragedies, deception, whether positive or negative, is being used to mislead, to protect characters, or to hide a crime or future crime. Analyzing why the characters are using deception against each other is very important to the reader’s understanding of the work as a whole. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, He uses Hamlet’s deception of character and also the character’s use of deception towards Hamlet to carry out the overall theme of the tragedy. The theme that is represented, is that in able to get malicious revenge, you must be able to act as if you are someone different than your true self while in turn, being able to deal with others deceiving you.
Hamlet states “this is most brave, that he, the son of a dear father murder’d, prompted to his revenge by heaven and hell, must like a whore unpack his heart with words and fall a-cursing like a very drab, a scullion!” (Act 2 Scene 2, Lines 569-575) Hamlet is tormented by his inability to physically confront Claudius and that he resorts only to words. Hamlet shortly after contemplates whether or not it “‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings of arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them.” (Act 3 Scene 1, Lines 57-60)
“Conscience does make cowards of us all” (3.1.83) - a phrase that describes perfectly Hamlet’s elusiveness to take on, and eventually complete the dreadful task of vengeance. William Shakespeare’s eponymous tragedy Hamlet brings forward an essentially puzzling character that orbits perpetually in uncertainty and ambivalence regarding his actions. Always on the edge of self-destruction and madness, his procrastination has become an essential facet of the play’s outcome, and as Andrew Cutrofello points out: “the only thing Hamlet is incapable of doing resolutely is killing the man who murdered his father and married his mother” (2014: 19). Although it is simply a matter of passing from reflection to reaction, it seems that Hamlet’s
Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is a play that mainly focuses on one common theme of insanity. Macbeth gradually becomes plagued by intense guilt as his desire for power drives him to attain his goals by any means necessary, including committing murder. He kills Duncan in cold blood in order to become King, has Banquo killed by three murderers because he wishes to maintain his position as King, and finally, he has Macduff’s family slaughtered. Each of these occurrences takes place because of Macbeth’s will to be King, or they are a result of his guilt. Nonetheless, they are all completed of his free will, which is what causes him to deteriorate mentally.
Presently may I do it pat, now he is praying... A miscreant murders my dad; and for that, I, his sole child, do this same lowlife send to heaven. "[Act 3, Scene 3, lines 74-98]. Village holds up until he can execute his uncle while he is performing a wrongdoing yet sadly for Hamlet, his next opportunity to correct vengeance on Claudius is his own demise.
Claudius is one character whose motivations and actions created tension and the need for revenge. The deception and murder committed by Claudius became a pivotal element of the story when Prince Hamlet was transfixed in avenging his dead father and punishing his uncle. King Claudius’ need to maintain his power and Prince Hamlet’s desire for revenge became a fight between justice and corruption. A lesson that can be learned from the play is that the repercussions of one 's actions will always make an appearance. In Claudius’ case, he lost everything including his life as infliction of his crimes.