Denmark’s Demise through Foil Characters in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet In his quest for revenge in order to retaliate the responsible party for the death of his father, the character of Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s famed play Hamlet is coincidentally supported by a range of characters through their actions that emphasize the protagonist’s idiosyncrasy of inaction – thus, justifying the conclusion of the play. His lover, Ophelia, emphasizes Hamlet’s hypothesized lack of masculinity which makes him subject to the “female-like” decision making process. Ophelia’s brother, Laertes, brings light to Hamlet’s inability to act promptly enough as intended. Lastly, his opposition, Fortinbras, draws attention to Hamlet’s lack of presence within the
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 eventually kills Claudius like his father told him to, but only did it after his mother, Gertrude, drank the poison that Claudius meant to give Hamlet. This is a result of external action from all the sorrows that was building up in Hamlet’s life. This brings us to our next character, Gertrude, Claudius’s wife and Hamlets
In Hamlet, audiences witness betrayal regularly. An example of this is from Gertrude toward King Hamlet and Hamlet himself. “Hamlet is a tale of Gertrude’s betrayal of her husband King Hamlet as also Hamlet her son when she betrays his idea of a chaste wife and mother and of course it is the tale of Hamlet’s inability to fulfill his filial expectations”(Roychowdhury, 4). From the very beginning of the play, Gertrude has betrayed her husband, who is now dead, with his brother Claudius. Gertrude also betrays Hamlet by marrying his uncle.
Gladwell in his piece, David and Goliath Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, suggests people should use their negative situation to their advantage. He discusses this idea exemplifying people with dyslexia who used their unique abilities to their advantage when they struggled with reading and writing. Gladwell’s theory of overcoming difficult situations does not apply to Shakespeare 's character Hamlet because he is unwilling to overcome and improve, after his father’s death, leading to his ultimate downfall. At the beginning of Hamlet, King Hamlet has suspiciously died and his son, Hamlet is overcome by the death of his father, causing him to constantly grieve and not heal.
Hamlet is madness is started by love but is infused with jealousy. Hamlet comes up with a plan to see if King Claudius really did kill his father, so he gets actors to re-enact how King Claudius killed his father. Hamlet turns out to be very jealous of the actors because they are showing fake emotions, when he is really is feeling depressed and very emotional. O, reform it altogether!/ And let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them,/
Hamlet somehow convinces his mother not to tell anyone and that he is just “pretending” to be mad. When Shakespeare* wrote Hamlet*, he did it as a way to make fun of the people in power, like a parody. These people have more problems than common folk, but they can also get away with more. I think that rule still applies. It makes you wonder what might be going on behind the closed doors of
His girlfriend, Ophelia, betrays his trust by allowing Polonius to spy on their private conversation, Hamlet figures this out and begins to treat her by using extremely sexual and rude language with her. Next, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern spy on Hamlet and attempt to deliver a letter ordering his death. Hamlet notices there deceptive behaviour and ends up having them executed by pirates. Additionally, Hamlet’s mother married his uncle Claudius for the sole purpose of remaining queen, she also gets past the sudden death of her husband very quickly, this angers Hamlet, he feels as if she betrayed the family. Hamlet beings to treat Gertrude very poorly, explain his emotion while being very rude and hurtful toward her.
In the beginning, he is depressed for the death of his father and the fact that his mother remarried so quickly. Stating that his “flesh” would “melt”, meaning he wanted to die. The difference of the madness between Hamlet and Martha is that Hamlet went mad on purpose. Although it can be seen that Martha did as well to escape the fact that she did not actually have children and she went mad to make up her own son to fill the void. Hamlet tells Horatio that he is going to “feign madness.”
Mental health is presented in a similar manner in Hamlet and Ordinary People, because both Hamlet and Conrad, are devastated, and thrown into a spiral of depression, by the loss of a family member, and the deterioration of their families. Hamlet falls into his hole of depression when his father is murdered and he finds out that his mother is guilty of incest with his own uncle. When Hamlet says, “A little month, or ere those shoes were old / With which she followed my poor father’s body, / Like Niobe, all tears-why she, even she…married my uncle, / My father’s brother,” (Shakespeare, I, II, 147-153), we see that he is extremely disappointed in his mother for not only remarrying so quickly, but, marrying her own brother-in-law, and he is upset at the loss of his father. In Ordinary People, Conrad sinks into depression after his older brother, Buck, drowns in a lake accident, and he falls deeper into depression when he realizes that his parents’ marriage is deteriorating slowly.
In Act 1 Hamlet says "frailty, thy name is women" (I.ii.146). He is demonstrating his despise of his mother Gertrude 's actions by marrying Claudius shortly after the king or her husbands death. Throughout the play we see that Hamlet has disgust with his mother for her lack of character and strength. Shakespeare uses good imagery throughout the play while describing Hamlet and Gertrude’s odd relationship, which makes the interactions between them two much more interesting. Another relationship is the one between Ophelia and Hamlet.
Camree Rogers Has your heart ever been torn between the loss of a loved one, and anger against the who had caused it? Hamlet has felt both of those strong emotions, because, between him mourning his father's death, and how he was murdered by his new uncle/father, Claudius. After he had figured out who killed his father, Hamlet decides he can’t trust anyone, until his death has had justice. Furthermore, Hamlet learns that his mother, Gertrude, had been having an affair with Claudius then begins his plan to take revenge for his father. Shakespeare uses mood, tone, and irony to develop the themes of anger and betrayal.
The story of Hamlet is all about his tragic journey through life. Throughout his journey he has to deal with the passing of his father and his mother's hasty remarriage to his uncle C laudius the dead king's brother. It is remarkable how one person can deal with the amount of betray he has had to deal with in his life. I can come to the conclusion that hamlet has depression, you are able to see this through his constant mood swings and lack of interaction with his family and so called friends. As a result of all the stress he is encountering he is slowly driving himself mad and many health problems can occur from this.
Love is an extremely crucial factor in determining how one feels about death. Depending on your relationship with an individual, it varies how you may perceive news of their death. Tillie, a main character in the novel Let the Great World Spin, did not want to be on earth without her friend, Jazzyn. “She was tired of everyone wanting to go to heaven, nobody wanting to die. The only thing worth grieving over, she said, was that sometimes there was more beauty in this life than the world could bear” (McCann 103).