The presence of the ghost is a bad omen in itself as it is a sign that bad things have taken place or will take place. Throughout Act 1 we have learned that after King Hamlet’s death, moral and natural order has gone wrong in the state of Denmark subsequent to Claudius’ rise in power with the evidence of a ghost floating around. Marcellus’ line reinforces the point and tone of some of Hamlet 's earlier remarks—for example, that Denmark is "an unweeded garden" of "things rank and gross in nature" (Act 1, scene 2) is confirmed by the ghost of Hamlet’s father which makes Hamlet realize the real rottenness of Denmark. Although Shakespeare predominantly presents Claudius ' rottenness through his actions, imagery is also used to emphasize Claudius ' rotten nature. Hamlet refers to Claudius as a weed that chokes the garden and warns Gertrude not to "spread the compost on the weeds, To make them ranker”.
2. 255, 287). Hamlet gives himself away with these comments, because he is directly speaking out about Claudius’s crime and his mother’s unfaithfulness. These comments not only affirm Claudius’s previous suspicion of Hamlet’s motives, but cause Claudius to form a hoax of his own to get rid of Hamlet and his ‘madness’ for good. Claudius decides to send his nephew to England because he recognizes that Hamlet isn’t mentally crazy just revenge crazy.
He desires so much to be the king of denmark that even after gertrude was killed by the poison he thinks that he can still maintain his kingdom. He tries to cover up her death by saying "She swoons to see [Hamlet and Laertes] bleed" Act 5, Scene 2. This shows the sin greed because it says all he cares about is the throne and not his own wife dying. In the scene just quoted, laertes and claudius have a plan on killing hamlet. This shows that the sin wrath is very evident in hamlet.
The ambitious and manipulated Macbeth reflects Shakespeare’s message in Macbeth that too much ambition leads to ruin. “Behold where stands Th’ usurper’s cursed head”(5.8,65-66) Macbeth meets his fated end by the hands of Macduff due to his overconfidence from the prophecy the witches told him. Macbeth is influenced by the witches and his wife, but in the end, his ambition and greed for power brought him to his end. From Macbeth as a character, we know that Shakespeare intended to show that too much ambition is bad. “Reverence toward the gods must be safeguarded.
Horatio says, “A mote it is to trouble the mind’s eye./ In the most high and palmy state of Rome,/ A little ere the mightiest Julius fell,”(1.1.124-126), revealing his belief of a possible downfall of Denmark or a character in the play. In conclusion, The Tragedy of Hamlet works with the allusions of Hyperion and Satyr, Cain and Abel, and Julius Caesar along with a vast number of other allusions. Playwright William Shakespeare includes allusions to create a deeper understanding of the theme, the plot, the conflict, and the character and plot development in the revenge play Hamlet. Like many other greater creators, Shakespeare borrowed from other artists to bring mythology and history back to life in a new work of
The use of juxtaposition in the quote “Hyperion to a satyr” describes hamlet as a god of light a sun, but on the other hand calling Claudius a satyr which was a half beast. This imagery conveys that hamlet is the hero that must defeat evil and restore Denmark. In contrast Hamlet is also shown as a ‘tragic hero’ or an ‘anti-hero’ as many other people than Claudius face their demise. The metaphor “something is rotten in the state of Denmark” conveys the corruption and evil within Denmark and Hamlet must be the one to return the state of Denmark back before Claudius was king. Hamlet is also shown as a hero as he makes many sacrifices whilst seeking justice including his own life.
It is very common for the human race to be afraid of death. By presenting this inner conflict, Shakespeare was able to invent the relatable character of Hamlet. Michael Taylor contends that Hamlet is “is a vivid portrayal of madness and the elements of the human psyche.”(The conflict in Hamlet, 1971). The critic William Golding (2002) compares Hamlet’s confusion to the dilemma of the character of Arjuna of the Bhagawad Gita who is torn between his heart and his mind. And he describes their inaction as a “paralysis”.
These characters are Ophelia and Hamlet. The difference of their madness is that Ophelia was truly insane while Hamlet only was pretending to be mad. Hamlet was more depressed than mad since he is faking madness to get to his objective which is revenge but got delayed by his mental illness. For example, Hamlet states, “Out of my weakness and my melancholy, /As he is very potent with such spirits, /Abuses me to damn me. I'll have grounds / More relative than this.
Hamlet is appalled at the revelation that his father has been murdered, and the alleged spirit of the former king tells him that the only “villain” to blame is Claudius “who now wears his crown”. Hamlet’s worst fears about his uncle are confirmed. The ghost exhorts Hamlet to seek revenge, telling him that Claudius has corrupted Denmark and corrupted Gertrude, having taken her from the pure love of her first marriage and seduced her in their incestuous union. But the ghost urges Hamlet not to act against his mother in any
The murderer: Hamlet’s uncle, King Claudius. “A serpent stung me...the serpent that did sting my father’s life now wears his crown” (Ghost Hamlet, 59). The lack of trust Hamlet now has for Claudius constructs an untrustworthy bond that insinuates his irrational disposition. While others vilify that Hamlet’s complexion is motivated by eagerness, students like myself do not hesitate to reproach Shakespeare's use of grief for Hamlet. Eventually, Hamlet’s goal is to seek revenge for his father; similar to that of famous DC comic book hero, Batman.