78-88). The reaction, to Hamlet, will prove that Claudius is in a guilty state of mind and is actually responsible for the Death of the prior king, Hamlet’s father. Once the speech is recited, the King reacts in just the way that Hamlet expected and flees from the theatre shouting, “Give me some light: away!” (Hamlet III,ii. 273). This just fuels the madness of Hamlet because now he feels he has reasonable motive to carry out the murder of
Macbeth is a brave and faithful solider who has been convinced by his wife that he must kill King Duncan in order to himself claim the title as king. Once this power has been imposed Macbeth is thrown into a world of guilt and shame prompted by his wife’s greed and the prediction of three witches. As the story progresses we watch as Macbeth turns into a cold and soulless man that he had never wanted to become who is willing to go to any length in order to cover up the horrible murder that he has committed. Clark (2013) tells us that, “Macbeth is a complicated character, and while understanding his complexity does little to expunge his bloody deeds, closer study can identify in Macbeth a profound confusion which fuels his actions, his paranoia, and his eventual downfall.” (Para. 2) Macbeth shows us the effects that ambition and guilt can have on a man who lacks strength of character.
Hamlet faked his madness after learning of his father’s death. He felt betrayed by his mother who married his uncle, shortly after King Hamlet’s death. Prince Hamlet promised revenge to avenge his death thus he looked for a plan. He decided to feign madness as he spoke with Polonius so that Claudius questions him. The rest of the play questions Hamlet’s motives and whether he is, indeed, mad or acting.
This archetype is shown through Hamlet’s values and actions. One aspect of a tragic hero is that the character must be flawed in his judgment. For example, upon listening to Claudius’ confession of to God, Hamlet confirms that Claudius is his father’s murderer. However, he still delays in killing him. Once more, Hamlet makes the wrong choice, believing that this is not the right time to kill Claudius.
Claudius says that “ To our most valiant brother…” demonstrates that he was not remorseful regarding his brother’s death and may be covering up the reality that he murdered him (Hamlet 21). Hamlet’s insanity in an act of cheating invented to draw away the attention from his distrustful deeds as he attempts to collect proof against Claudius (Smith 174). Hamlet discloses to Horaito his deceitful scheme to feign madness. Additionally, Hamlet plans to deceive his mother, Getrude, during a meeting in her clandestine. During the interaction, Hamlet would seem to intend to harm; he will direct the cruelty of Nero, alleged to have killed his mother, to assist him “speak daggers” to his mother; however, he has no intent of committing a crime.
In addition, the fathers of both Hamlet and Laertes have been murdered. Hamlet’s driving motive throughout the play has always been to avenge his father’s death, and so, ironically, Hamlet’s actions result in the death of Polonius, thereby adding another point of comparison between himself and Laertes. Shakespeare then continues the irony by having Laertes willing to do what Hamlet could not, that is kill in a church. Laertes would avenge his father, no matter the cost, unlike Hamlet who claimed that nothing could prevent him from murdering King Claudius, and yet he became too cowardice to attempt. Instead, Hamlet paused and retreated when he found Claudius false-heartedly praying for salvation: “But is our circumstance and course of thought,/ ‘Tis heavy with him: and am I then revenged,/ To take him in the purging of his soul,/ When he is fit and season’d for his passage?/ No!” (III, iii).
Although many can argue his downfall is due to his lack of trust, selfish acts, or hesitant manner, they all have one quality in common: Hamlet goes mad, and his father is the one to blame. His downfall commenced from the very beginning, starting with his father’s dark and spiteful confession: “But know, thou noble youth, the serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown,” (1.5.39-41). In this scene, the Ghost takes advantage of his grieving son’s vulnerability, knowing that Hamlet will do or say anything in honor of his dead father. His strategic use of pathos in his long
Analysis of Revenge in Shakespeare 's Hamlet and the Modern World Throughout Hamlet there is an ever-present theme of revenge that leads the characters who seeks it to their ultimate demise. Prince Hamlet is the first character in the play to seek revenge, namely upon his own uncle. In the act of avenging his father, Hamlet kills Polonius, the father of Laertes. This makes Laertes feel the need to avenge his father by killing Hamlet. Much like in the play, revenge is ever present in today 's society.
228-30). In other words, he is saying that if we are innocent, there is no reason to watch the play and be bothered by it. After the player serving as King Hamlet is murdered, Claudius goes ballistic, yelling for the lights to be turned on and storming out of the room. Hamlet interprets Claudius’s behavior as proof of his guilt and concludes that the claim made by the ghost was correct, and decides he will avenge his father by killing Claudius. As for this time in the play, Hamlet decides that although his father was murdered, he can acquire vengeance by killing the murderer
The text states “the ghost commands hamlet to avenge his death let not the royal bed of denmark act 1 scene 5 line 83. The quote means that the ghost which is king hamlet who wants hamlet to get revenge on his death because claudius poured poison in his ear and killed him. The evidence connects to the claim because now that hamlet is faced with to get revenge he begins to think about rather he really should kill claudius. Madness and revenge interacts and build up on each other when hamlet fight with laertes the text says “Laertes scores a hit against Hamlet, drawing blood. Scuffling, they manage to exchange swords, and Hamlet wounds Laertes with Laertes’ own blade” act 5 scene 2.