The foil character introduced is that of Fortinbras. The two could definitely be seen as very similar to each other, since they are both avenging their fathers, but in fact, the reality is that a closer look reveals the signs of the things that set them apart from each other. When the character of Fortinbras is mentioned in Act IV, Scene ii, Hamlet is quick to point out his shortcomings, such as the fact that he was willing to go to excessively large lenghths to avenge his father’s death, even if it meant wasting many lives and troops for a seemingly worthless cause. However, when Hamlet finds a moment alone, he puts his own feelings into words and confesses how he truly sees the situation, which he does after nearly every altercation that is thrown his way. This does not just show that Hamlet is crazy for always talking to himself; it shows that Hamlet is his own confidant.
let be”(5.2.200-202). By casting away his worries about the afterlife, which he has no control over, Hamlet allows himself to complete his mission of killing Claudius. Hamlet understands that the reputation he leaves on earth will be just as important as his afterlife. By killing a corrupt leader like Claudius, Hamlet is leaving a great legacy behind. Furthermore, Hamlet even begs Horatio to abstain from killing himself “And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain, To tell (his) story”(5.2.331-332).Hamlet’s imploring of Horatio portrays the new importance Hamlet places on his legacy.
For Hamlet to act this way takes commitment, and shows how serious Hamlet is about avenging his father. He holds his tongue despite the inappropriate behavior from Claudius and his mother. Hamlet disapproves of Claudius’ behavior not only with his mother, but how he acts in public as well. He disapproves of his getting drunk and says that it makes their family and country look bad. This makes Hamlet find more reasons to kill Claudius even though he doesn’t go through with it just yet.
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’s mother decides to remarry King Hamlet’s uncle, which Hamlet strongly disagrees with the marriage and views it as
Looking at the overall story, Hamlet would be considered more villainous than his uncle. Yes, it is true that Claudius is corrupt and killed his brother for the throne. However, he tried to do his best as king and you could also say that Hamlet is making it difficult to do so. Claudius and Gertrude attempt to console him for the loss of his father and yet hamlet rejects everything to proceed on the path of revenge. Hamlet tries to blame his sanity, but what he doesn’t even realize is that he has created on his own sanity.
Another fact worth focusing upon is Hamlet’s desire to surprise his uncle’s guilt by putting a scene into play as well as his inability to detach himself from his real feelings and act as an entirely different character. Quintilian, in his “Institutes of Oratory” raises the following questions : “I make a complaint that a man has been murdered; shall I not bring before my eyes everything that is likely to have happened when the murder occurred? Shall not the assassin suddenly sally forth? Shall not the other tremble, cry out, supplicate or flee? Shall I not behold the one striking, the other falling?
Instead, the emphasis was placed on Hamlet discussing with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern about how he could go about killing Claudius. Zeffirelli jumps right into the revenge for his father, more efficiently leading Hamlet to the idea of using the play as a method for revenge. In Shakespeare's original, Polonius reads the letter to Ophelia from Hamlet, saying “‘That’s an ill phrase, a vile phrase’” and expressing his hatred for the relationship between the two (2.2.112-113). Since he is so opposed to the exchange between the two, the readers can make the jump to say his son, and Ophelia’s brother, Laertes would feel the same. This establishes Laertes’ resentment for Hamlet and is very important later in the plot when Laertes and Hamlet have the fencing match.
Being a leader is one of the hardest duties out there, but Beowulf is able to handle it. As a leader, he experienced people looking up to him at all times. To become a good leader, you need some important characteristics. Beowulf teaches us that being a leader involves keeping the promises you make and being a good role model. The first step to becoming a good leader is to accomplish the goals you set.
Hamlet reflects on what he has done since he vowed to kill the king. He feels unaccomplished that he has not taken action. Hamlet wanted to kill Claudius at the right moment. While he was in the act of committing a sin. He then swears to his father, King Hamlet that he will fulfill what the King has
When he came back from England he was suddenly ready to be king. That would sound kind of weird/sketchy to the country. Also, Malcolm could have been a nice compassionate person just trying to not get murdered like his father, and been a good king. On the other hand he could be the opposite and not been a very good king. No one knows for sure though, since he was never king.