William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a literary masterpiece — a story of revenge, psychological distress, distorted truth, sexism and corruption — bound into a framework laced with cynicism and volatility. All intricately woven into a narrative through the characters Shakespeare develops. Hamlet, the central personality of the story and protagonist throughout, is characterized in a particularly maverick manner: through the other characters. This idea in literature is called the character foil: when the contrasting qualities or attributes of two characters aims to highlight specific traits or actions (or lack thereof…) of one of the characters. In Hamlet, Shakespeare crafts each character to contrast with Hamlet in some significant way to highlight
Similarities: - Both Polonius and Hamlet have a role in discovering the truth in the play. Polonius wants to know the truth behind Hamlet 's strange behaviour while Hamlet wants to know if Claudius actually murdered his father as the ghost said. - They both think all the womankind are weak in characters compared to mankind. Polonius view his daughter, Ophelia, as innocent, weak and naive and treats her in a different way compared to how he treats his son, Laertes. Hamlet perceives that women are emotionally weak and dependent to others, which is evident when he says, "Frailty, thy name is woman!"
Over the years, it has been proven that Shakespeare’s characters follow a particular style in his tragedies. This can be seen in the five act play Hamlet. Shakespeare’s tragedy characters include: the tragic hero, foil character(s), the angel, the she-devil, supernatural characters, normative characters, and fool characters. Hamlet is a perfect representation of Shakespeare’s character types, because each main character fits into Shakespeare’s character type. Hamlet is the tragic hero of the play.
Freudian Theory: Effects on Hamlet The omission of Freudian theory prevents the audience from understanding certain aspects of the film. On the other hand, with the inclusion of Freudian theory, the audience watching the film Hamlet has a completely different perception as to what the movie is about. Both Freudian theory and the lack of it, changes the interpretation of the film and gives variation to the plot and theme of the play. To begin, both movies have a similar plot with the omission and inclusion of Freudian theory.
TITLE Unlike many protagonists and old school plays, the literary usage of foils creates a majority of Hamlet’s nature, which are depicted by his developing traits and qualities; these traits and qualities are identified by supporting characters that serve as foils. In the play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Claudius had murdered Old Hamlet in order to be King of Denmark. This is where the ghost of Old Hamlet who told young Hamlet to get revenge for him. Giving revenge led Hamlet into causing one portion of Ophelia, once Hamlet’s lover, mad and Laertes’ father name Polonius death. Hamlet’s family believed that he was crazy, so Claudius sent him to England where Guildenstern and Rosencrantz got killed.
Another foil created by Shakespeare to shed light on Hamlet’s character flaw of indecisiveness is Prince Fortinbras of Norway. Much like Prince Hamlet, Prince Fortinbras’ father has recently been murdered and Fortinbras is enraged. He decided with little thought to lead his own army into a battle in an attempt to reclaim the land that his father had lost, to honour his father. In Act 4 Scene 4 Hamlet comes across Fortinbras and comments on his courage and honour
To begin, Hamlet’s complex environment plays a key role in demonstrating his flaws, as they alter his purpose in life and disclose a gloomier aspect of Hamlet’s persona. Hamlet’s miserable surroundings demand crucial decisions, through which Hamlet chooses his own fall in order to fulfill his desire for vengeance from Claudius. Marcellus introduces Hamlet’s surrounding environment as he declares, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” (1.4.99), which foreshadows the upcoming misfortune events that result from a disruption of the Elizabethan chain of beings. Marcellus also foretells the critical effects that these unusual events might have on Hamlet’s character as eventually Hamlet’s surroundings leads him to taking decisions that expose
Hamlet and Masculinity What defines society’s portrait of a man? Perhaps it is his fighting skill, his ability to lead, or his valiency. Within the play by William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Hamlet is a prince who struggles with his father’s death and lacks any sense of responsibility. He spends the whole play making excuses and never facing his problems head on.
The idea of the afterlife has forever been a controversial topic debated throughout centuries leaving thousands of questions with open ended answers that to some, have provided substantial explanations. The Rights of Memory, chapter taken from the book Hamlet in Purgatory written by Stephen Greenblatt, offers insight to the highly controversial beliefs of spiritual beings and Purgatory offering comfort to loved ones who struggle to cope with the ever changing contemporary world skewed by moments of loss needing an outlet to suppress negative emotions and feelings. The doctrine of purgatory and the paranormal has been thought of to help give mourners something to believe it. By introducing something constructive to place their feelings of
Etymology in the Eye of the Beholder Language is created, formed, and developed over time; therefore, a word is not simply used to describe another thing, but is a part of language that has a history and possibly many meanings. The word eye has passed through language after language each assigning it a new spelling and an altered meaning which reveal the word’s history or etymology. The etymology includes the history, definitions, alternate meanings, and uses of the word eye in various works of literature, quotes from influential people, and modern print sources. Although the meaning of eye hasn’t changed drastically, it has evolved over many years. The word eye has a long history.
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” (Steinbeck, “Travels with Charley: In Search of America”) In other words, nothing can be appreciated without understanding its negative half. In this play by Shakespeare, Hamlet is indecisive and goes through a variety of problems in his quest for revenge.