When Hamlet encounters Ophelia in the nunnery scene, she hands the letters back to him. He then tells her “You should not have believed me; for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish for it: I loved you not.” meaning that he never loved Ophelia. Hamlet suspects that her father, Polonius, has something to do with this, so he asks her where is her father. Ophelia lies and tells him that he is at home, this makes Hamlet get more angry and tells her “Get thee to a nunnery, go: farewell. Or, if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool; for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them.” He tells her this because he is angry at her for obeying her father's instructions as if she were still a little girl and he is aware of how controlling her father
Hamlet written by William Shakespeare follows the story of Hamlet as he tries to avenge his father’s murder. Shakespeare uses the clash of opposites to express ideas that he wants to portray. The mystery of death is explored through the contrasting themes of life and death found in Yorik’s skull, the ghost of Hamlet’s father and Ophelia’s suicide. The contrasting characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Hamlet show the importance of loyalty in friendship. Contrasting characters are also used with Fortinbras and Hamlet to empathize how inaction can lead to negative impacts.
"Together with all forms, moods, shows of grief, That can denote me truly. These indeed seem, For they are actions that a man might play. But I have that within which passes show. These but the trappings and the suits of woe" (I.ii.82-86) this quote shows the depression that Hamlet was engulfed by, making the sorrow that he felt over his father's death, obvious to the readers. In act 1 scene 5, Hamlet was told by his father's ghost that his death was not a random but a murder committed by Hamlet's uncle; this information only added to Hamlet's depression and gave him an immense desire to get revenge.
The personality of such characters as Hamlet from William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is much remarked upon. However, it is even more meaningful to analyze changes in Hamlet’s character throughout the play. As Hamlet becomes more driven in his revenge, his actions lose morality and gain consequences. In fact, Shakespeare uses the relationship between a character’s cruelty and the meaning in the pain they cause to comment on the cyclically destructive nature of cruelty. Evidently, Hamlet is an excellent example of just such a character.
The most repulsing action though is Hamlet not taking responsibility for his actions. When he kills Polonius, he tells his mother ”You cannot call it love, for at your age the heyday in the blood is tame, its humble and waits upon judgement.”(3.4.78-80). Hamlet is basically saying the she is too old to love his uncle
Hamlet realizes this and says "O, most wicked speed, to post/ with such dexterity to incestuous sheets!" (1.2.161-132). Hamlet has a problem with his mother's sexuality. It's not that he's disgusted by Gertrude's marriage to Claudius, but the fact that he can't stand to think she is having sex. Although it is quite clear that Gertrude is weak and reliant on Claudius to make her happy, she does not realize how much it has affected Hamlet.
The two adults kept emphasizing that he was wealthy and people will be jealous of their relationship. Lady Capulet neglected to care that Juliet wanted true love, instead of money. Another example is when Juliet decalred to her mother, “That I must wed, tell my lord father, madam I will not marry yet. And when I do, I shall marry Romeo, whom you know I hate, rather than Paris” (Shakespeare 3.5.118-124). When Juliet said this, she was obviously weary of the fact that the Capulet’s didn’t think of her as a
In Hamlet, the state of family dynamics as well as the concept of trust is challenged through Hamlet’s external conflict with his mother, Queen Gertrude. Hamlet, already in mourning, is enraged at his mother and his uncle, Claudius, the new king of Denmark, for marrying so shortly after the death of his father; Gertrude attempts to comfort Hamlet in that death is a key element of life and is immutable. Hamlet does not openly express his discontent towards Gertrude and Claudius at first, though he does make his mourning known “Seems, madam! nay it is; I know not 'seems.' 'Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother… These but the trappings and the suits of woe”(I.ii.76-87).
In 2.2, he tells Claudius that he believes Hamlet is mad due to his love for Ophelia. He also tells Ophelia to stop seeing Hamlet because he believes Hamlet’s feelings for her are fleeting. Polonius ignoring his own good advice not only shows that he does not care about his daughter’s feelings, but also that he cannot make good
Hamlet: “...I did love you once.” Ophelia: “Indeed, my, lord, you made me believe so.” Hamlet: “You should not have believed me...I loved you not.” Ophelia: “I was the more deceived.” For the most part, Ophelia is dependent on the male figures in her life. Although, we do see a flash of her potential self in the beginning of the play. This occurs when we learn that Ophelia has entertained Hamlet without supervision, neglecting her father’s (Polonius) and brother’s (Laertes) advice to not trust Hamlet or any man. Polonius warns Ophelia about Hamlet, telling her “When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul... Do not believe his vows; for they are brokers” because he is concerned about his daughter’s well-being and partly jealous by the fact that she has chosen to spend more time with Hamlet than her own father. As a result, Ophelia’s family tells her she is naïve and that her behaviour is unacceptable.
In Shakespeare 's play, King Lear, it is brutally obvious that Lear is strongly disliked, or even hated by his two older daughters, Goneril and Regan. In the novel A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley, Ginny’s and Rose’s hatred for their father doesn’t appear to be too over the top until the reasons they hate him so much are finally revealed. Both sets of sisters eventually end up retaliating against their fathers after they are given his land. Some may say that the daughters actions against their fathers was cruel, atrocious, and wrong; however, an argument could be made that their actions were justified by how their father had previously treated them. Perhaps Lear and Larry deserved to be treated as they were.
In Act 1 Hamlet says "frailty, thy name is women" (I.ii.146). He is demonstrating his despise of his mother Gertrude 's actions by marrying Claudius shortly after the king or her husbands death. Throughout the play we see that Hamlet has disgust with his mother for her lack of character and strength. Shakespeare uses good imagery throughout the play while describing Hamlet and Gertrude’s odd relationship, which makes the interactions between them two much more interesting. Another relationship is the one between Ophelia and Hamlet.
Even though Romeo advances from a family of Montagues and Juliet appears from a family of Capulets, who totally loathe each other, he will not let that stand in the way of love. Juliet emphasizes that Romeo should not care about their opposing families and just “Deny thy father and refuse thy name; What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet” (2.2.40). Romeo may love Juliet nonetheless but with rash decisions comes severe consequences. Senselessly, Romeo risks his life by encountering Juliet.
At this early point in the text it is clear that Hamlet is weighing the benefits versus drawbacks of ending his own life, but also that he recognized that suicide is a crime in God’s eyes and could then make his afterlife worse than his present situation. With the death of his father it pulls Hamlet into a deep depression to when he can’t think of anything other than death. Newell explained, “In essence, many of Hamlet’s thoughts revolve around death and this early signal to his melancholy state prepares the reader for the soliloquy that will come later in Act III.” In other words, most of the play is about death, so in the soliloquy Hamlet goes into detail about wish of dying if it wasn’t for it being a sin to end your own life. Clearly, suicide is a message in the soliloquy “to be or not to be” in the play
He says “Why, She should hang on him.”(I,III) Hamlet is saying that she was very reliant on King Hamlet, This shows that Hamlet views her as nothing without something to support her and without that support she would be unsubstantial and have no structure. This can shown after Hamlet is sent away to England. Ophelia goes mad after Hamlet is sent away because she no longer has a male figure to rely on because her father and Hamlet are no longer around. Hamlet shows that the attitude towards women is much different from men when he says “Frailty, thy name is women!”(I,II) Hamlet shows that he not only sees his mother but all women as weak, frail and emotional. Claudius also shows this when he tells Hamlet “Tis unmanly grief,” (I,II) basically saying that Hamlet is acting like a woman since he is mourning over the death of his father.