Throughout the play Iago tries to ruin Othello to steal Othello’s job and gain more power. Since Iago’s lies have gotten the attention of Othello, there has been changes in Othello’s behavior that makes Lodovico question, “Is this the noble Moor whom our full senate/ Call all in all sufficient? Is this the nature/ Whom passion could not shake? Whose solid virtue/ The shot of accident nor dart of chance/ Could neither graze nor pierce?”
If it is for certain that Verona 's law is as strict as it is shown, then the Prince would have rapidly command for Tybalt to be punished, making any other trouble with the relationship close to nonexistent. By seeking revenge, it was a sure punishment for Romeo. Of course, there are moments in which controlling the mind 's impulses can result very challenging, it takes patience. Most people let their impulses take over instead of thinking before acting. However, the mistakes a person makes throughout his or her life can usually be converted into a lesson.
Displacement mechanism refers to the situation whereby an object of interest is replaced with another (McLeod, 2013). The fact that Hamlet tries to substitute Gertrude with Ophelia signals his Ego`s attempt to suppress his Id and adhere to the reality principle. The reality principle would advocate Ophelia as a better candidate for him and for the satisfaction of his impulses. Ernest (1922) calls Hamlet`s feelings for Ophelia “obscure” and his “unconscious attempt to play her off against his mother.” Whether Hamlet loved Ophelia or not, remains debatable, however, Hamlet is unable to hide behind the illusion and safety valve that Ophelia provides.
He deems it acceptable to spy on and spread lies about his son, reasoning "Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth: and thus do we of wisdom and of reach, with windlasses and with assays of bias, by indirections find directions out". He also doesn 't see anything wrong with using his daughter to gain information about Hamlet, with his plan "At such a time I 'll loose my daughter to him. Be you and I behind an arras then, mark the encounter". Finally, he suggests "Let his Queen-mother all alone entreat him to show his grief. Let her be round with him
He becomes more elaborate and his thirst for vengeance isn’t so holy anymore. Hamlet’s self-confidence has been discussed before but it should be repeated. The deception of Hamlet shows that the madness seeping into him starts to drive him to do evil deeds. He is no longer doing things for the greater good anymore, and this does show that the meaning of the play is shifting. It isn't about a strapping young lad on a holy quest to avenge his father any more.
In an attempt to prove to the King and Queen that Hamlet is
Hamlet wants to believe that the ghost was actually his father, but he begins to fear that it was an evil spirit trying to lead him away from his beliefs. “The spirit that I have seen may be a devil...abuses to damn me,” (2.2.610-614). This questioning leads to Hamlet wondering if Claudius really is guilty or if it is just the evil force trying to convince him to commit a sin. In order to prove Claudius’ guilt, Hamlet asks an acting troupe to perform a modified play in order to get a designed reaction, “I’ll have these players play something like the murder of my father before mine uncle, I’ll observe his looks...the play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King,” (2.2.606-617). Hamlet chose the play “The Murder of Gonzago” and made alterations to the script in order to draw a specific response from Claudius.
However, in the eyes of a modern audience, Hamlet would not be considered a coward because of our deeper, more enlightened understanding of the underpinning reasons for his hesitation through our values and beliefs. Hamlet perceives himself as a coward for many reasons however after in-depth analysis, it is concluded that his self-accusation is incorrect. Hamlet considers himself a coward due to his hamartia; his constant scrutiny and contemplation of the idea of killing Claudius, his uncle causing him not to take action. In Act 2 Scene 2, Shakespeare uses a soliloquy to let the audience have an insight into what Hamlet is thinking, to create sympathy for him and to bring about the development of Anagnorisis within the play. After watching a player acting the role of Hecuba crying on stage while performing the story of Pyrrhus, he wonders at the player’s ability to weep for a fictional character and asks himself, ‘Am I coward?’
Although Hamlet says he is going to act as though he’s crazy, he seems like he actually is. Hamlet shows us how not to live by acting as though he is crazy. Other than you shouldn’t act like your crazy it also shows us what can happen if you aren’t acting like yourself. Hamlet’s whole “mission” after Act 1, is to get revenge on Claudius. In Act 3 Scene 3, Hamlet walks by Claudius while Claudius is praying with his eyes close, facing the other direction.
Like one of the reason, we betray people is to protect someone or yourself. In Hamlet, Shakespeare reveals that betrayal is hopeless because of it a domino effect. That means it keeps happening over and over again. For instance, in the play, Claudius had to betray his brother because he wanted to take Hamlet father 's throne. In this quote, “Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast, With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts- So to seduce!- won to his shameful lust, The will of my most seeming- virtuous queen.”
Sometimes it is best to understand the law first before obeying it. When one thinks a law is unjust, they will go out of their way to go against it and do something about it. At a certain point, one doesn’t have to act accordingly to what they don’t believe in, but they can’t do whatever pleases them. There has been many controversies involving the act of non violence civil disobedience. Although most feel like breaking an unjust law might be the best solution to what they think is right, in reality, I agree to the fact that people are afraid to face the consequences that are given after their actions.
However, Machiavelli warns that “a Prince should inspire fear in such a fashion that if he do not win love he may escape hate.” (Machiavelli 44). His ruination of the reputation of the King of Thebes and the father of his household begins when he accuses his subjects and becomes stubborn to make a compromise. For example, Creon accuses the soldier of taking bribe and not following his order. Creon even threatens the guard to execute for the “treasonous gain” if he does not find the real culprit.
Hamlet’s intelligence is shown when he does not blindly listen to what the ghost said “Hamlet is aware of the unreliability of otherworldly apparitions and consequently reluctant to heed the ghost’s injunction to perform an action that to him seems objectively evil.” [Foster 2], and instead makes his own plan to see if Claudius is truly guilty of murder because. Hamlet plans to “...have these players / Play something like the murder of my father / Before mine uncle. I’ll observe his looks” [Shakespeare II, ii, 596-598], and see how his uncle reacts to the play , which is like the murder of King Hamlet because “Hamlet believes that he must have greater certitude of Claudius’s guilt if he is to take action.” [Foster 2] he does not rush into anything without analyzing the facts that he has, and checking to see if they are true.
In contrast, Hamlet's heroic journey is different from that of a traditional hero archetype, but his character is no different from that of any other hero. In Shakespeare's drama, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Hamlet is the son of a recently murdered king. In Hamlet's eyes his uncle is the prime suspect in this murder, and his mother is also suspected of adultery because she married his uncle no long after his father's death. Right away Hamlet introduced to this atrocity and is later confronted by the ghost of his father who explains, "I am thy father's spirit,/Doom'd for a certain term to walk the night, /And for the day confin'd to fast in fires,/... Revenge his foul and most unnatural murther" ( I. v. l. 14-16, 31).