In Hamlet, Queen Gertrude marries King Claudius, Hamlet’s uncle. In a way, Hamlet does feel betrayed by his mother’s marriage to her recently deceased husband’s brother. He feels as if she did not love his father, for if she did, she would have grieved longer. Through Hamlet and Queen Gertrude’s relationship and interactions, Shakespeare shows how even those closest to one can feel betrayed by actions and decisions that do not directly involve them. However, whether purposeful or not, Shakespeare does only portray familial betrayal.
Goneril and Regan who is the daughters of King Lear are similar with Gloucester’s son, Edmund. They are like pretending to love their father but actually they are just doing that to get what they want which is to acquire their father’s land and title. King Lear and Gloucester both have poor judgment. King Lear wasn’t able to see the love of Cordelia to him and the future plans of Goneril and Regan which is to make him miserable and to betray him while Gloucester is gullible with Edmund’s trick and fraud. The actors of the play were able to show what the characters is about and on how they express their emotions and acting.
For Edmund, it is natural to preserve himself and put his need to be equal above his family. For King Lear, it is natural for one to love their father and king as he needs to be taken care of as an elderly person and needs to have his daughter’s love. The difference between King Lear and Edmund is that King Lear realizes that he was in fact being selfish and his beliefs on what is natural are not inherently correct, as he eventually does understand that Cordelia was the one who loved him the most. Edmund dies because he attempted to betray his brother and never gets that chance to
This illustrates he is a good husband because he cries that he misses his home-including his wife. Odysseus also proves that he is a good man when he is still on Calypso’s island but takes his wife's side. Odysseus says, “and the goddess took me in in all her kindness, / welcomed me warmly, cherished me, even vowed / to make me immortal, ageless, all my days- / but she never won the heart inside me, never” (7. 194-197). Calypso offered Odysseus so much that within a second he could have turned to her and stuck with her.
“Without you, I am torn like a sail in a storm,” insists We the Kings in their song, “Sad Song”. Romeo is a Montague, Juliet is a Capulet, their families are enemies, but this won’t stop them from being with each other. During this time and age for women, their father’s would choose their husband for them, and they have to obey their command. However, Juliet doesn’t obey her father, and falls in love with a man named Romeo. Being separated for Romeo and Juliet only makes their connection fow stronger.
Emerson’s says, “It is the harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude…” (paragraph 4). Edna faces this challenge when her father comes into town and scolds her husband saying “ ‘You are too lenient to lenient by far...put your foot down good and hard; the only way to manage a wife. Take my word for it.’ ” (page 98). Edna’s father, the colonel, tires to edify Leonce and his wife 's relationship to keep Edna in line.
In Shakespeare’s King Lear, Cordelia, the youngest and favorite daughter of the king showed a very soft personality. Her honest answer to her father means that she is of pure heart and soul. She has no intention of getting the biggest part of the kingdom. She values family and love over earthly properties such as land and wealth. Unlike her two sisters, she respects her father’s decision and obeys every command that her father gives.
Men should stop degrading women as liars because men and women are equally capable of lying or at least, hiding who they truly are while they woo women. Consequently, if the marriage fails, husbands should stop blaming their wives for being the cause, since the stability of their relationship depends on both, especially their virtues as spouses. The real scoundrel is the husband who holds his wife responsible for their failed marriage when he may be the most deceiving person in the marriage if he keeps mistresses on the side. Men, not women, are the greatest deceivers, if they lie to women before and after marrying
Shakespeare shows us that we have the choice on how our life will turn out. How we will make our lives important or choosing our endings. Change is a huge part of life and we must learn to adapt or we will be stuck in a part of our lives that will cause us to destroy our lives. The characters in Shakespeare has the right to choose their ending; However, some chose the right, but others chose wrong. Bottom the Weaver, a character in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, develops change when he experiences humiliate and becomes a humble person.
Keeping with the times is a strength that the family has to build and nurture. Being frozen in time does not help anyone. I think too much emphasis is put on love in general. In the name of love, Rahul is almost emotionally blackmailed to marry the girl of his father’s choice. It is imperative for the family members to respect each other in true sense.