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.
After the three murderers killed Banquo, they go to recount the news to Macbeth. Showing no reaction to the news of his former comrade’s death, Macbeth only thinks of himself: “Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect” (Shakespeare 99). Macbeth, asking if Fleance is dead, is only tormented after hearing that Fleance escaped and remains a threat to his crown. Macbeth’s quick transition of concern from Banquo to Fleance exhibits his disregard to the people close to him, a distinct behavior often tied to sociopathic people.
Insanity is when someone isn’t able to determine right from wrong, cannot differentiate fantasy from reality, or has irrational thoughts and impulsive behavior. This doesn’t describe Hamlet, the main character from William Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Hamlet. Hamlet is overwhelmed with grief from his father’s death and his mother’s overhasty incestuous marriage with her deceased husband’s brother, Claudius. The ghost of King Hamlet appears from the shadows to reveal the truth – “The serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown” (I, 5, 27). To add on to his burdens, Hamlet has to get revenge on his uncle for murdering his father.
Polonius betrays his own son, Laertes, by sending a servant to go spy on him. At this point, Polonius betrays Laertes’ belief in his trust when he is in France. Hamlet also betrays Laertes by killing Polonius, and after he does this Laertes also betrays Hamlet by remaining loyal to Claudius. Through all of this betrayal, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are ones to betray their best friend Hamlet. Gertrude and Claudius put them in charge of spying on Hamlet, but Rosencrantz and Guildenstern decide betray Hamlet.
Hamlet does not believe that he is actually insane when he really is. He truly believes that his insanity is an act to gather evidence against Claudius. This insanity leads him to take Polonious’s life which he justifies by saying that Polonius was dishonestly spying. This self-deception leads Hamlet to believe that he is self-righteous and better than his uncle however he is hypocritical in this way as he leaves Ophelia and Laertes without a father in the same way that Claudius did to Hamlet. Hamlets obsession with proving Claudius guilty and killing him in the name of justice eventually leads to Hamlets own murder.
Macbeth does not want any competition. His capricious and malicious acts prove how naive and vile he is as a person. Macbeth even attempts to kill Banquo to prevent any trace of his nature from making him, a “fruitless crown.” Macbeth states, “Must lave or honors in the flattering streams, and make our face vizards to our heart, disguising who we are,”(3.2.45). With such desperation, Macbeth is willing to include other people in his premeditated murder. By having Lady Macbeth be part of his plot to kill Banquo, Macbeth reveals two things about himself: That he does not value those around him, even if they are his loved ones, and that he places his personal success over all aspects of his life.
This can be seen through his actions toward her before he found out about his father’s death being a murder, pretending to be crazy simply to prove to the king and Polonius, and by his actions after Ophelia 's death. Because of Hamlet’s actions towards Ophelia in the very beginning of the play is one reason how it can be seen the Hamlet truly does love Ophelia. An example of this can be seen throughout act one of the play. When Ophelia is taking
Romeo’s grief is justified in terms of Juliet’s death. However knowing that he thinks to die before grieving for his lost love may raise speculation that he has thought about death before knowing of Juliet’s death. Accordingly, this also suggests that Romeo is using Juliet’s death as an excuse to kill himself. Romeo seems to know that the apothecary in town has poison when it is illegal, which raises the likelihood that Romeo has thought to die before. Knowing that poison is illegal in the town of Mantua, the apothecary is not branding the idea that he has it in his possession.
Hamlet did kill Claudius, but did not see the result of his actions, because he is killed soon after. Hamlet’s fatal flaw was procrastinating on his actions; whereas Fortinbras could have suffered as a result of his father’s murder, but took a deliberate path and ended up successfully avenging his father and staying alive to tell his story. This not only leads the audience to sympathize with Hamlet, but causes the reader to realize could have been an overall successful
Hamlet is clearly distressed about his father’s death, but what brings about his suspicions is a visit from his father’s supposed ghost, who tells him that Claudius, Hamlet’s uncle, poisoned him. From that point on, Hamlet plots and plots how to reveal his uncle’s guilt and get his revenge. But Hamlet is not a violent, murderous person. He is a scholar. And thus he decides to feign craziness -- or so he believes.