"But two months dead…my poor father’s body…why she married with my uncle, my father’s brother, but no more like my father…But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue" (I.ii.29-30) Hamlet agonizingly groans to himself. It is clear towards the start of the play that Hamlet is damaged—internally. It makes him upset to see his mother get married not long after his father 's passing, and Hamlet feels alone since nobody else appears to feel this same torment and be grieving with him. Based on this evidence, it is safe to infer that Hamlet had an excellent and upright relationship with his now dead father whom he respected. Therefore, if one was not as courageous or as heroic as Hamlet, they would have protested
Niobe watched as her children were shot down one by one, and this sent her into shock. She was turned to stone, and the stone is soaked with tears day in and day out. When it is said, “With which she follow’d my poor father’s body, Like Niobe, all tears:” (I, i) it shows that Hamlet’s mother is overrun with grief for her husband, and she is completely heartbroken. The reference to Niobe proves that the mother’s emotions are very strong, and she will never stop grieving. At least, that is what one would think.
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
According to Jocelyn Crawley, a graduate from Georgia State University, “... most Shakespearean romances reinforced and perpetuated male power becomes evident…” (Crawley). Due to the fact that Gertrude makes her own decision and marries Claudius, Lord Hamlet hates it, becomes distraught, and states, “By what it fed on. And yet, within a month (Let me not think on 't; frailty, thy name is woman” (Shakespeare 1.2.141-150)! Lord Hamlet believed his mother should follow his decisions and not make her own. By saying she is frail, he insinuates that she is weak and morally obligated to follow and accept his advice over her own conscious.
Hamlet believes that Gertrude's quick marriage to his uncle was a sign of her weakness because it shows she could not stand to be alone, “A little month, or ere those shoes were old With which she followed my poor father's body Like Niobe, all tears-why she, even she O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason Would have mourned longer!, married with my uncle” (1.2.151-157). Here, Hamlet is clearly angry that his mother's emotions were so weak, wondering how she could quickly marry her husband's brother after burying her husband. It goes without saying Gertrude clearly can't be by herself and constantly needs a man in her life to fulfill that emptiness inside her. all throughout the play, she is questioned for being immortal due to the quickness of her marriage; it seems as though she has no sympathy towards the death of her husband and could not wait to jump into another marriage with Claudius. Hamlet realizes this and says "O, most wicked speed, to post/ with such dexterity to incestuous sheets!"
One day Doodle smiles at Narrator and that was the small act that made Narrator believe that Doodle was actually all there. Narrator is innocent of Doodles death, he was just trying to be a loving big brother and was trying to give Doodle all the experiences a kid should have. So far in the story, Narrator sees Doodle and notices that he is unique to the whole family. Narrator can tell that his parents think Doodle is going to die because they give him a big important name (William Armstrong). Narrator starts believing that his brother Doodle will die because that name only sounds good in a tombstone.
Gladwell in his piece, David and Goliath Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, suggests people should use their negative situation to their advantage. He discusses this idea exemplifying people with dyslexia who used their unique abilities to their advantage when they struggled with reading and writing. Gladwell’s theory of overcoming difficult situations does not apply to Shakespeare 's character Hamlet because he is unwilling to overcome and improve, after his father’s death, leading to his ultimate downfall. At the beginning of Hamlet, King Hamlet has suspiciously died and his son, Hamlet is overcome by the death of his father, causing him to constantly grieve and not heal. Hamlet’s mother decides to remarry King Hamlet’s uncle, which Hamlet strongly disagrees with the marriage and views it as
This situational irony would show Mark Twain’s humor and use of surprise endings. Likewise, the last story has a surprise endings as well. The last story that shows irony, “The Story of an Hour” is a story of a woman known as Mrs. Louise Mallard who has heart trouble. Louise Mallard is told of the misfortunate event that has happened to her husband; a railroad disaster. Upon hearing the news, the woman wept deciding it be best to retreat to her room alone.
This story is about understanding that not being the same people your parents are is okay because you are special in your own way. Firstly, the author drops many subtle hints on different parts of the characters lives, but never openly says what that part is. For example, there are many hints that the parents of the young boy narrating the story are getting divorced. His father is constantly saying how the boy’s mothers will never forgive
One may feel as if she uses this type of style to create empathy for her through her readers. Van Kleef, a social psychologist observes that “…more positive attitudes about various topics after seeing a source’s sad expressions when topics are negatively framed” (Kleef 1). This proves that by using her grandmother’s departure through her essay she provokes emotion from her readers. March states, “Mom was exhausted after a year of caring for her mother, and I was crying relentlessly—but still, we went, compelled to do something with our grief" (March 2). This quote will additionally make one feel as if sorry for the loss of her grandmother and the dreams she possesses for not only herself but for the generations of her family.