Hamlet is stressed over his own father's murder, but he has to plan the right way to murder his Uncle Claudius. At one point, he thought he had finally murdered Claudius but it turned out to be Polonius, the chief counselor to the king . This murder only complicated things for Hamlet and caused him to be more confused about what to do with the situation. Shakespeare decided to depict Hamlet in a way that shows his flaws because it creates drama in the play.
One internal conflict that Hamlet faces within himself is the fact that even though he agrees to the apparition of his deceased father to kill Claudius, however, he is still uneasy at the fact he could’ve encountered a demon to tempt him. He wants further proof which would help him to take action later on. In Hamlet’s third soliloquy he sates “The spirit that I have seen may be a devil, and the devil hath power t’assume a pleasing shape, yea, and perhaps out of my weakness and my melancholy, as he is very potent with such spirits, abuses to damn me (Shakespeare 529-534).” This further confirms his doubts about his father’s ghost of being either a true apparition or an apparition of the devil. He uses the play The Killing of Gonzago to help
This is shown in the play, when Macbeth faces his consequences, like guilt. Shakespeare uses anaphora to show the audience that what Macbeth is saying relates to something important. Macbeth always had this fear of Banquo, because Banquo has his suspicions of Macbeth and hopes the prophecy about his son will come true. Macbeth is afraid of Banquo because of the witches’ promise that Banquo’s sons will be king so he then said, “To be thus is nothing. But to be safely thus.
To add on to Hamlet’s stress is the possibility that something might lie “after death”(III.i.79). The fear that whatever comes after death is unknown is one of the many reasons Hamlet does not want to kill himself. Hamlet is sane because some people today still have a fear about how what comes after death is unknown. Hamlet’s behavior begins to change when they prepare to show the play that Hamlet wrote to everyone in the castle. Hamlet acts disrespectful towards his mother once again declining the seat she offered him and sitting next to Ophelia instead.
To be or not to be morally ambiguous is to have the lack of coherence in making moral life decisions. In Shakespeare's play Hamlet, the main character Hamlet goes through a great transformation. Hamlet seeks revenge toward Claudius who he believes killed his father for the throne. In many of Shakespeare’s play there is always a hero and a villain, but in Hamlet, Hamlet plays a pivotal role because he can be viewed as both the hero and the villain. Hamlet is seen as a morally ambiguous character due to the decisions he makes throughout the plot of the novel that ends up leading him to his demise.
Hamlet is smart for this act of deception since Claudius was on the verge of sending him off and this would ruin his whole plan to kill Claudius. This keeps him home and Claudius doesn 't suspect a thing. 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,
Hamlet realizes there is no one left to trust but himself, which explains why he only speaks his innermost thoughts and feelings in the confines of privacy. Concerning the Fortinbras situation, Hamlet realizes how Fortinbras is doing something he is too much of a coward to do: actually follow through with a vow to avnge the death of his father. The words spoken from Hamlet himself sum it up perfectly, “How all occasions do inform against me, and
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.
In his first soliloquy, he expresses his intense grief and inner conflict of wanting to commit suicide but not wanting to be punished by God. From this the audience can infer one of Hamlet’s fatal flaws; he is indecisive. He is constantly searching for certainty, since he is unable to make decisions without it. Although Hamlet is wary of the story given to the public to explain the King’s sudden death, it is not until the ghost confirms his suspicions and he uncovers the truth that he vows to “Remember thee!”. He suspects foul play was involved, yet he never acts on this uncertainty until certainty is provided for him.
His cowardice prevents Hamlet from moving forward in his plans as his concerns for falling short in his father’s eyes prohibit him from even trying. Were he to try killing the king only to fail, not only could he suffer the pre-established consequences he fears, but the King would also continue living, his father would not have been served justice, and would continue walking in purgatory. Hamlet does not trust his own abilities. Hamlet strives for the success that he sees in those around him, including Claudius, his own father, and most importantly, Fortinbras. He compares himself to him, stating “Quote – Hamlet comparing himself to Fortinbras, saying how good he is”, which clearly shows he strives for success yet is to afraid that he will lose it were he to
“To be or not or not to be - that is the question” (3.1.64). In life, people often have to decide whether to fulfill their desire by harming others or to uphold their conscience. In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, King Claudius chooses to pursue his desires through the suffering of King Hamlet, Queen Gertrude, Hamlet, and his servants. King Claudius’s lust for absolute power, in addition to his deceitful and manipulating tactics, leads to his downfall.
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).
There is duplication and repetition seen in everyday life and in various forms of art, duplication can be a natural occurrence as well as one created to enhance or give deeper meaning to an idea or situation. One important form of art in which duplication can be seen is literature; specifically in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Examining the duplications of characters, actions, and scenes in Hamlet can be useful in better understanding the play itself because these duplication are what the audience remembers most since they have seen it twice and thus we can make connections between the similarities and differences of repeated situations and what implications they have on the play. Duplication creates a foundation onto which Hamlet is viewed in two,
Since the earliest of times, there has always been debate over the concepts of fate and free will. The most frequent dispute is whether or not man truly has free will, or if fate is the ultimate determinant of how one's life will turn out. One play that depicts this concept is Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. In this tragedy, Oedipus receives a prophecy that he would bed his mother and murder his father. After learning of this prophecy, Oedipus attempts to undo fate and utilize his free will to escape what would be his destiny.