Hamlet: The Use of Metaphors, Tone, and Verbal Irony to Convey the Character Trait of Cowardly Inactiveness In Act 2 Scene 2 of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Hamlet witnesses the account of an ancient Greek myth demonstrated by a travelling actor. After witnessing the First Player’s emotional rendition, Hamlet realizes that he has covered little ground in his pursuit of revenge for his father’s death. The dramatic significance of this soliloquy is this: in regards to character, Shakespeare uses metaphors, tone, and sarcasm to illustrate Hamlet’s characteristic of cowardly inactiveness. During Hamlet’s second soliloquy he sets himself up on multiple occasions as being coward. The first way is through the use of a metaphor. Shakespeare uses …show more content…
Hamlet became tasked with killing Claudius and his ill feelings towards his uncle are no laughing matter. This is clearly shown when Hamlet says, “Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain! O, vengeance!” (Shakespeare, II, ii, 582-583) to describe his father’s murderer. Throughout the soliloquy, there is a tone of fury--at Claudius, at the world, and at himself. The young protagonist wholly believes himself a coward for complaining, dawdling, and being so incompetent. This strong tone makes the audience wonder why Hamlet is not doing something about his situation. If he is so angry, why has he not killed Claudius yet? If he despises his uncle so much, why wait? Shakespeare’s reasoning behind this may be to show that Hamlet is a coward and is terrified to do anything which might advance his plans to murder Claudius. This trait of his, his unwillingness to act, directly contrasts with such a heavy tone. One would think that any character who has such vehement sentiments would make a move, but that is not the case with Hamlet. It appears that this cowardly unwillingness to act is a character trait so strong that it even overtakes such a tone of
What is a Man? The play Hamlet by William Shakespeare is a tragedy that features Hamlet the prince of Denmark. He does not fit into the ideal of a man in Elizabethan times this is shown repeatedly throughout the play. In this play Hamlet’s progression as a character is shown in each of his soliloquies as he offers insight into his decisions this shows us a depth to the avenging hero archetype, as most characters in the archetype are consumed by revenge and focus on solely on retribution.
One of the major themes in the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, is deception. In Act I Scene IV, one of the characters, Marcellus, claims: “Something is rotten in the State of Denmark” (1.4.100). This is referring to the act of deception, where everything may look fine to the naked eye, but there are underlying problems occurring in the state of Denmark. In utilizing diction and metaphors, Shakespeare adds more depth to one of the major themes of the play. Metaphors are used by Shakespeare to compare Claudius to a deathly creature, while nobody realizes his mal intentions.
Hamlet feels inadequate and frustrated with his own lack of action. The Player is able to generate and convey passion and emotion in his speech about Hecuba's grief over the death of Priam, yet this situation is not a real one; the Player is just acting. Hamlet, on the other hand, has real cause to feel grief and to act, yet he has done nothing. He asks what would the Player do "Had he the motive and the cue for passion/That I have?" So he questions himself: "Am I a coward?"
Not all people respond with hate and revenge, some people let themselves get walked over but not hamlet. Hamlet does not respond to injustice too kindly. He wants revenge for his father's death, wants to set things right, help out whoever is in charge of people receiving karma by taking things into his own hands. His main goal in the novel is to seek revenge on his father's death, this started when he was visited by the ghost of the old king. The ghost said to him “revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” the ghost of the old king wanted Hamlet to seek revenge on claudius for his ‘unnatural” murder of the kind.
In the beginning of the play Hamlet is faced with a very hard situation, the loss of his father. While grieving he discovers that his mother will be married to his uncle Claudius. Hamlet had to talk to the ghost of his father, and found out Claudius was the reason for King Hamlet’s death. He wants revenge, he is to kill Claudius, without hurting his mother Queen Gertrude. Hamlet writes a play to get
Another fact worth focusing upon is Hamlet’s desire to surprise his uncle’s guilt by putting a scene into play as well as his inability to detach himself from his real feelings and act as an entirely different character. Quintilian, in his “Institutes of Oratory” raises the following questions : “I make a complaint that a man has been murdered; shall I not bring before my eyes everything that is likely to have happened when the murder occurred? Shall not the assassin suddenly sally forth? Shall not the other tremble, cry out, supplicate or flee? Shall I not behold the one striking, the other falling?
Hamlet no longer wanted to live in this life despair and pain. Another illustration of his indecisiveness is during the play when he had a clear chance to avenge his father by killing Claudius but choose not to do so, because he thought that Claudius was repenting for his
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, many of the central themes in the play are presented using visual means. Act 3, scene 3 includes one of the most prominent imageries in the entire play. This scene is where Hamlet hovers over the praying Claudius who is on his knees, confessing the depth and severity of his crime. The imagery presented in this scene is thematically important because it presents the theme of the significance of religion versus the complexity of taking a corrupt action, a theme that resonates multiple times throughout the course of the play. Both Claudius and Hamlet in this scene are facing internal conflicts that have them torn between their moral codes of conduct and their dominating desires and objectives.
Hamlet attempts to seek comfort. Claudius is an unemotional, and coldhearted person. “’Tis unmanly grief; it shows a will most incorrect to heaven, a heart unfortified, a mind impatient, an understanding simple and unschool’d” (Ham. 1.2.94-97). Claudius doesn’t care about how Hamlet is feeling.
Hamlet, also, could not get over the death of his father. He found out when his father’s ghost came back that his brother, and Hamlet’s uncle, murdered him. He then was willing to do anything possible to get revenge on Claudius, his uncle. Both of
In Act 4 Scene 4, he says, “while, to my shame, I see the imminent death of twenty thousand men, that, for a fantasy and trick of fame, go to their graves like beds, fight for a plot whereon the numbers cannot try the cause”. He is jealous of Fortinbras’ ability to inspire thousands of men to lay down their lives in battle, while he cannot even motivate himself to exact revenge on his uncle for his father’s murder. He wishes he could find the courage to do what he’s been asked to. He desires the charisma and motivation that Fortinbras has. This feeling motivates Hamlet to take more action and stop procrastinating what he needs to do.
Throughout the duration of Hamlet, he is seen making plans to get his revenge on his uncle, who murdered Hamlet’s father. The idea of revenge poisons Hamlet and while he says he is only pretending to be mad, it appears that he
In Act I, Scene 2, we are introduced to Hamlet through development in relation to the other players at court. His uncle Claudius appears to run things as smoothly as possible, even in light of such a massive power shift, leaving Hamlet ever unconvinced: “A little more than kin, and less / than kind … Not so, my lord, I am too much in the sun” (Act I, Scene 2, Lines 64-67). He openly expresses his dissent as those closest to him devote sole focus on securing their own power, rather than mourning the loss of their fallen king. Hamlet rejects these illusions presented before him, instead choosing to turn inward and indulge in his own despair: “O God, God , / How (weary), stale, flat, and unprofitable / Seem to me all the uses of this world!” (Act