This could lead these characters to an undesirable ending. In Hamlet, Claudius and Polonius deceive in order to maintain power; Gertrude, Rosencrantz, and Guilderstein deceive in order to maintain their superficial items that Claudius has given them; Laertes deceives to get revenge for the death of his father and to protect Ophelia. All of these characters try to use deception for their own benefit, but in the end you reap what you sow. These characters all have the same thing in common, they deceive Hamlet to be able to carry out their plans. As these characters begin to deceive Hamlet, he counteracts their efforts in order to carry out his master plan of
While Hamlet is hesitant Laertes is brash and impulsive. He even states that in his confrontation with King Claudius “Let come what comes, only I 'll be revenged Most thoroughly for my father.” (4.5.148-154) Laertes does not do much thinking when it comes to avenging his father. The opposite is said about Hamlet who spends too much time contemplating whether he should avenge his father. They both were in the same situation but went about it very differently. In the final confrontation between Claudius, Laertes and Hamlet their colliding motives leads to the death of each person.
The play of Hamlet by William Shakespeare is full of many acts of betrayal. One such of these acts is when Hamlet goes against the wishes of his father’s ghost and debates on whether or not he should kill Claudius. Not only this but he also is extremely cruel to his mother and hurts her feelings which were also against the wishes of the ghost. He wanted Hamlet to avenge his death without hurting others along the way and almost everything Hamlet did in the play went against that. Hamlet’s first act of betrayal against the ghost of his father is one that stretches throughout the entire book.
Although, the effect of those memories may not be to the same extreme extent as on Hamlet, purpose relies strongly on memory. In the play, Hamlet stated, “Purpose is but a slave to memory” (3.2.176). Memory drives action, which is seen in the play how the memory of Hamlet’s father and, addition to the lack of memory of the other characters, guide Hamlet’s journey into madness. Not only does the word slave enforce the idea of being under the domain of something (OED), but it also indicates a lack of control. And this may relate to why Hamlet professed his madness as the sperate entity, because he lacks the control over it.
We don’t openly witness Hamlet bargaining over his father dying, however we do observe him bargain with his knowledge. (insert quote on him questioning the validity of the ghost.) Hamlet is questioning whether or not the apparition is a virtuous or corrupt and whether he can trust that Claudius is really guilty. Hamlets original plan to create utter madness across the castle and act irrational as to look over the situation. However this actually confused hamlet more and makes him reevaluate the situation.
Shakespeare uses the word “smile” to show that Claudius is putting on a show for the state of Denmark, deceiving them into believing that the King’s death was an accident, while Hamlet is the only one that knows the truth. Shakespeare’s use of language helps to portray the major theme of deception in the play Hamlet. The utilization of diction helps to equate Claudius to an evil person, while metaphors help to make the comparison between Claudius and a deathly animal. By making comparisons and using specific word choice that help support the theme, Shakespeare is able to portray the deceitful antics of King
An embodiment of evil, with no moral compunction, and therefore while he does initially provide reasons for his wicked intentions, his motives are unsubstantial and merely excuses to cover up his inner evil and Machiavellian ways. Iago is an incredibly intelligent, cunning villain, who throughout the play uses his ability to think quickly and to play multiple roles to clutch on to every opportunity that will further his cause. At first, his motives are revealed to be based upon his lack of promotion, later he changes this to sexual jealousy and finally on the belief that his own made up affair between Cassio and Desdemona is true. Iago seems to be ever altering and modifying his motives, indecisive as to what his real motive is making it seem as though he is indeed nothing but a motiveless disturbing
Hamlet has a good reason to kill Claudius, yet he fails to do it. How can Fortinbras sacrifice so much for such a futile purpose? In this scene, Hamlet realizes the brutality of humanity and first ponders the idea that no one is safe—another central pillar of existentialism. From this point on, Hamlet declares that he will have bloody thoughts. "My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!"
He tries to plan out the murder of Claudius in a way that he will not feel guilty afterwards. Moral Truth is also evident because Claudius knows that killing his own brother is wrong, but he was so consumed by his need for power that he no longer cared about what is right or wrong. Claudius also knows that marrying his brother’s sister is not viewed well in society, but he no longer cares, so long as he
Ultimately, Hamlet’s powerful desire for revenge and his lack of sympathy towards the death of his victims demonstrates how he slowly embraces the evil he once sought to destroy. A majority of Hamlet’s victims have no apparent relation with the death of his father and yet stems from his personal vendetta towards Claudius. When viewing the nature of Hamlet’s murders compared to Claudius’s, they appear to be relatively much more sadistic and personal. Hamlet’s private statements of delirium when saying, “To be, or not to be: that is the question” (3.1.56) displays his fragile state of mind and provides an explanation