It also contains what is perhaps his most famous line: “To be or not to be: That is the question” (III, i, 56). In this play, Hamlet is conflicted throughout pretty much the entirety of the action. This uncertainty leaks over into the plot of the play as well as the mind of the reader. Unlike Macbeth, this play does not spell out the deceptive actions of its main character. 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.
But they are completely unaware that it is actually their free will and their own actions in which they are in control of. Though the characters in the play seem to believe and to be completely convinced that something greater, such as “fate,” is controlling them, they only choose to do so since they do not want to take responsibility for the actions they have done. Throughout the play, Shakespeare argues between fate and free will acting upon the characters. Early in the play, the chorus immediately introduces the readers to a pair of “star-crossed lovers,” who later take their lives as quoted in the Prologue. The role of fate in the play is described to the reader as a “greater power” that’s complied within the characters and that is out of their reach and already “written in the stars.” The characters in the play do not want to take responsibility for their own actions, blaming it on fate.
Have you ever wondered if the noble Hamlet from The Tragedy of Hamlet play written by William Shakespeare was insane? There are many instances in that the heroic Hamlet pretends to be legally insane, but there are many more occasions when the young Hamlet just pretends to go insane. There are three main reasons why gentle Hamlet is not insane. The reasons are that if he went insane he would fail his smart mission, there are some cases that he does seem insane, and no one that is insane can come up with the brilliant plans the classy Hamlet comes up with. Above all, he seems the most sane.
Hamlet deceives them so he can get everyone to think the way he wants them to think. Hamlet 's encounter with the ghost makes him decide what his plan is and how his father wants him to avenge his death by killing king claudius. The audience nor the readers of the play really understand what is going on inside hamlets mind. He could have possibly already thought about how he was gonna deceive everyone so that he would be able to carry out his plan. The death of hamlet’s father was really hard on hamlet for he was the only one who actually cared and loved Villezcas 2 his father.
As the play continues Hamlet is confronted by the ghost of his father and is told that he was murdered by Claudius while sleeping in the garden. This is a major turning point for Hamlet early on in the play because now he has a purpose, to seek revenge against Claudius for murdering his father. “So uncle, there you are. Now, as to my promise… I’ve sworn to do it
William Shakespeare, who is considered as England’s national poet, is also known as the greatest dramatist of all the time. He was an English playwright, poet and actor. Since he was born in Stratford-upon Avon, England, English people take him as “Bard of Avon”. During his life, he wrote 39 plays, 154 sonnets, and few of other verses. But while most of his works are famous throughout the world, his personal life is shrouded in mystery.
And this may relate to why Hamlet professed his madness as the sperate entity, because he lacks the control over it. His madness is guided by what his memory and lack of memory dictates. But it could be argued that Hamlet did possessed a certain means of control over his memory. During the excerpt, Hamlet stated, “I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records” (1.5.99). This quote raises the question of which memories did Hamlet not find trivial and foolish, and worth maintaining.
While Hamlet is hesitant Laertes is brash and impulsive. He even states that in his confrontation with King Claudius “Let come what comes, only I 'll be revenged Most thoroughly for my father.” (4.5.148-154) Laertes does not do much thinking when it comes to avenging his father. The opposite is said about Hamlet who spends too much time contemplating whether he should avenge his father. They both were in the same situation but went about it very differently. In the final confrontation between Claudius, Laertes and Hamlet their colliding motives leads to the death of each person.
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.
Hamlet seeks revenge to avenge his father’s death, he starts to plot his plan into motion; for revenge is more powerful than everything else. Hamlet is not eager to kill his uncle thus he awaits until the mere end. Agamemnon is the complete opposite to Hamlet’s character as he murders Clytemnestra’s husband to marry her,
Frantic, he orders a group of murderers to kill Macduff’s family. Consequently, when the time comes for Macbeth to encounter Macduff on the battlefield, he exhibits a moment of hesitation before proceeding to the duel. Feeling remorse for having Macduff’s entire family violently killed, Macbeth admits that he has a guilty conscience that he does not want to kill Macduff as well. “Of all men else I have avoided thee: / But get thee back; my soul is too much charged / With blood of thine already,” (Shakespeare 5. VIII.
The final thing that motivates Hamlet is his thirst for revenge. For example, when Hamlet sees Fortinbras’s army going to fight over nothing and says to himself “My God! Everything I see shows me how wrong I am and tells me to hurry up and get on with my revenge.” ( Shakespeare 231) In this scene,Hamlet watches Fortinbras’s army march off a boat to go fight over a small piece of Poland that no one really cares about. It is then Hamlet realises that everything he is currently doing is wrong and is telling him to hurry on with his revenge plan. Another example is when we see Claudius praying at a alter and Hamlet behind a pillar debating whether or not to kill Claudius when he says this “So is it really revenge for me if I kill Claudius right when he is confessing his sins in perfect condition for a trip to heaven?