“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow”, “and all our yesterdays have lighted fools”, show how both the past and the future have no significant meaning to the main protagonist. All his glory, power and fame as are meaningless since they all “signify nothing”. Furthermore, it appears that through these lines, Shakespeare is emphasising the theme of existentialism. Though the term came after the Elizabethan period, it can be post applied to this soliloquy. Macbeth has gone through the struggle of murdering and killing, to finally come at the last stage and seeing no value in human life.
Hamlet is more than devastated about his father’s death. It appears that grief has taken over his life. Claudius and others in Hamlet urge him to “get over his father’s death,” as if it is so easy. In my opinion, this only worsens Hamlet’s grief. There shouldn’t be a time limit to how long you have to grieve but no one should
Perhaps this is why Hamlet feigns madness; he realizes that he lacks the emotions to avenge his father 's death. Indeed, Hamlet does go temporarily insane in Act I, scene ii, and it is during this time when he is able to act out of pure sensation, with no thoughts about the consequences of what he says or does (e.g. when he undeservingly criticizes Ophelia). However, in uniting his emotions and reason, Hamlet is careful to avoid the temptation to commit suicide because if one commits suicide to escape life 's pain, then one is damned to eternal suffering in hell. To Hamlet (and most other people of the 1600s), suicide is morally wrong.
He uses an allusion from the feud between the Montagues and Capulets in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to express his big idea that violence is pointless. Buck describes feud like this, “a feud is this way: A man has a quarrel with another man, and kills him; then that other man’s brother kills HIM; then the other brothers, on both sides, goes for one another; then the COUSINS chip in—and by and by everybody’s killed off, and there ain’t no more feud. But it’s kind of slow, and takes a long time.” This quote not only shows that there really is no use in violence, but it also shows the stupidity of people like them for fighting without a real purpose. It’s just like in Romeo and Juliet where once again we can see families fighting. Imagine a world without war where countries settle disputes peacefully instead of going to war.
77-100) of his play, Hamlet, William Shakespeare depicts Hamlet, following Claudius’s revelation of his guilt, as he is faced with the opportunity to kill his father’s murderer while he prays. Finally, Hamlet has the chance to fulfill his promise to his father and enact revenge, but ultimately decides killing his uncle in prayer would neither bring self-satisfaction nor redemption. Through his seething tone and imagery, Shakespeare demonstrates Hamlet’s extreme hatred of Claudius as well as the difficulty in pursuing internally satisfying revenge on one’s enemies. Upon seeing Claudius in prayer, Hamlet is fully prepared to murder him immediately. Claudius is alone and his guards are not around to protect him, providing Hamlet with a seemingly opportune time to quickly and efficiently enact his revenge, and Hamlet can barely contain his anticipation.
Barthes’ infamous words in “The Death of the Author” tells us no writings are original. He also declares “Once the Author is removed, the claim to decipher a text becomes quite futile”. After reading “The Death of the Author” a reader wonder what can be understood in a poem before and after removing the author, in this case, removing William Wordsworth from ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’. At
The significant resemblance between the two works provide insight of Lear’s inability to consider, which eventually leads to his downfall. In contrast with Monmouth, however, Shakespeare further emphasizes Lear's shortcomings through the addition of Kent. The Earl of Kent speaks for Cordelia after her wrongful dismissal, in an attempt to convince Lear’s reconsideration. Lear, adamant that Cordelia had wronged him, refuses to accept his counsel and instead banishes him. Lear threatens that “If on the tenth day following / Thy banished trunk be found / .
In his play Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare indicates that love cannot grow in the presence of pride. The poor Benedick shows this when he refused to fall in love, until he lost his self-centered pride. Beatrice does the same when she says, “Stand I condemned for pride and scorn so much? Contempt farewell, and maiden pride, adieu! No glory lives on behind the back of such” (3.2.
While Macbeth plainly states in asides and dialogue with his wife that he is planning to mislead other characters, Hamlet does not openly speak of his tricks. One of the most intriguing and puzzling parts of the play is Hamlet’s antic disposition that he speaks of in the first act: “As I perchance hereafter shall think meet/ To put an antic disposition on” (I, v, 171-72). Even by the end of Hamlet, a lot is left unclear. While the topic of Hamlet’s antic disposition has arrived at somewhat of a general consensus, certain details regarding his “madness” are fuzzy to say the least. Many things, such as the legitimacy of the ghost of Hamlet’s father and his message for Hamlet, Gertrude’s knowledge of Claudius’s actions, and Hamlet’s hesitancy to avenge his father’s murder remain topics for debate.
Aforementioned in this paper, Hamlet is of the school of belief that life is essentially worthless in the end- that in all its glory and grandeur, it is simply farcical to even attempt anything that does not provide immediate necessity to the individual because ultimately it has no bearing on society, there is no good or evil, there is only death and its living companions. But Hamlet merits that death too has its uncertainties, and (because of his Catholic faith) acknowledges that he will go to Hell if he kills himself, so he decides to continue, motivated further to at least live long enough to avenge his father’s death by killing Claudius. Here too Hamlet faces a dilemma whereupon he ventures out to kill Claudius only to find that he is repenting of his mortal sin of killing Old King Hamlet and thus clearing his path to heaven. Hamlet resolves to catch him in his whereabouts some other time in which he is not graced by the spirit of forgiveness, so that Claudius is to suffer an eternal torment- which Hamlet decides is the only punishment that will indeed fit the crime. In so choosing to do this, the true madness is revealed in the lapse of judgement Hamlet exercises by choosing to take it upon himself to kill the king- will he not also bear responsibility for Claudius’s death, and therefore susceptible to the same eternal discipline as his