The ghost tells Hamlet that King Claudius is culpable of regicide – thus, setting Hamlet on his path for vengeance. Through his quest for vengeance, Hamlet peruses how he will kill King Claudius; in turn, he kills numerous characters such as Polonius, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern instead. Although Hamlet claims to have put on an antic disposition (1.5.173) to further his plans, his madness seemingly becomes more real. For example, in a dialogue between Hamlet and Queen Gertrude, Hamlet is able to see the ghost while she looks upon a vacant space (3.4.105-139). Although Hamlet follows the instruction of his father, his questionable madness leads him to the answer of his questions – such as the guiltiness of King Claudius.
Though Laertes surely illustrates how revenge can lead to one’s downfall, there is one character that proves this to be true even more so. The protagonist, Hamlet, is a key example of how seeking revenge can lead to a person’s destruction. The play revolves him and his plan to avenge his father’s death. In the play, he is visited by his father’s ghost, which proclaims, “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” (1.5.25). While already angered by his uncle and mother’s infidelity, this request causes him no trouble.
The ghost affects the theme of revenge by causing Young Hamlet to be seized by vengeance, the whole play turns into a story of Prince Hamlet trying to avenge his father’s wrongful death. The ghost of King Hamlet helps to develop his son’s character by setting him on a path, he doesn’t tell Hamlet exactly what to do, but he tells him enough of the story to make Young Hamlet rageful and hate filled. First, King Hamlet’s ghost affects action when he first appears in the play. When he first appears, he doesn’t even speak. When he
One primary example which proves the insanity behind Hamlet’s loss of love for Ophelia is when he berates her for being a pawn of her father. During his encounter with Ophelia, Hamlet states that, “If thou dost marry, I’ll give thee this plague for thy dowry. Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery, go. Farewell” (x).
Hamlet is madness is started by love but is infused with jealousy. Hamlet comes up with a plan to see if King Claudius really did kill his father, so he gets actors to re-enact how King Claudius killed his father. Hamlet turns out to be very jealous of the actors because they are showing fake emotions, when he is really is feeling depressed and very emotional. O, reform it altogether!/ And let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them,/
Hamlet is trapped due to certain situation. Hamlet finds that his father has died and is trapped when the Ghost commands him to kill Claudius and take revenge on his father 's death. This was not Hamlet’s fault and this scenario traps him in emotional attachment with his father where that 's his duty to get revenge on his father’s murderer. Hamlet tells himself, “ I 'll wipe away all trivial, fond records, All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, that youth and observation copied there(Hamlet, 1.5.106-108). At this stage, he has to think because what if the Ghost is wrong and someone else is murderer.
“The play’s the thing/Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king” (II, ii, 566-567). In the eyes of Hamlet, Claudius proves his involvement in the death of Hamlet Senior with the look of sheer guilt and horror on his face. Still, it takes a rather long time before young Hamlet carries out his revenge on his uncle. This is in part due to his tendency to over analysis events. Hamlet could have easily listened to the ghost the very first night and killed his uncle out of revenge immediately.
This becomes a major part of the plot development. Hamlet has many causes affecting his mental state, the root to his madness is the death of his father. After the ghost of Hamlet’s dad revealed the truth to his homicide, Hamlet is out to seek revenge and begins to display unroyal behavior when processing the fact his uncle, Claudius, killed his father: “his doublet all unbraced, no hat upon his head, his stockings fouled, ungartered, and down-gyved to his ankle.” (Shakespeare pg.79) This quote supports his symptoms of being mental ill within his
In line 66, Hamlet states, “My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth.” This emphasis both dark language and tone. He is saying that unless his thoughts are bloody, unless the death of his uncle is blood, there is no worth. The world choice of bloody shows his consistent talking about death and the mysterious mood it sets for the play. The mood as long with the language shows the shift in the story where Hamlet wants to take action; illuminating a new part of Hamlet 's personality. What goes in hand with Shakespeare 's tone is the language used to display his new found aggressive personality.
Words such as “fardels,” “ills,” and “calamity,” depict the pain Hamlet feels in living. The formalness of the diction reveals intelligence, the rhetorical questions help ponder philosophy, and metaphors prove literary knowledge. Hamlet appears to be inside his mind, discussing his options which is not the smartest idea, because he begins contemplating suicide, furthering the instability ideal. The assonance from “sleep” and “dreams, provides contrast for, “Ay, there’s the rub” (10). The words above pause the reader’s train of thought causing a deeper focus.
Claudius is one character whose motivations and actions created tension and the need for revenge. The deception and murder committed by Claudius became a pivotal element of the story when Prince Hamlet was transfixed in avenging his dead father and punishing his uncle. King Claudius’ need to maintain his power and Prince Hamlet’s desire for revenge became a fight between justice and corruption. A lesson that can be learned from the play is that the repercussions of one 's actions will always make an appearance. In Claudius’ case, he lost everything including his life as infliction of his crimes.
Villa had numerous opportunities to slaughter his uncle, however his fury exceeded his better judgment; and he held up until the ruler could see no great in Claudius, and afterward strike him down into a universe of unceasing punishment. "Presently may I do it pat, now he is praying...A miscreant murders my dad; and for that, I, his sole child, do this same lowlife send to heaven. "[Act 3, Scene 3, lines 74-98]. Village holds up until he can execute his uncle while he is performing a wrongdoing yet sadly for Hamlet, his next opportunity to correct vengeance on Claudius is his own demise. Retribution, being the main thrust in the play Hamlet, is likewise one motivation behind why it is a catastrophe.
The historical symbolism within Shakespeare’s plays set him apart from any writer. The script was given to him through daily life, and his ability to mold it into fictional art is what makes Shakespeare the creator of fictional man. His confusing and conflict filled plays like twelfth night ressemble the back and forth change of monarchs, marriage, and trickery during the early years and how conflict can consume a person and spin them into insanity like Henry VI. Henry VIII’s love letters to Anne Boleyn saying, “Mine own sweetheart, these shall be to advertise you of the great loneliness that I find here since your departing, for I ensure you methinketh the time longer since your departing now last than I was wont to do a whole fortnight”(Henry VIII). This letter mirrors the words of lovers within any of Shakespeare’s work.
(1.5 pg 23) At this point, Hamlet was eager to revenge his father 's death, even though he did not know who was the victim. The Ghost proceeds to tell Hamlet who killed him. "Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother 's hand Of life, of crown, of queen, at once dispatch 'd, Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin, Unhousel 'd, disappointed, unaneled, No reckoning made, but sent to my account with all my imperfections on my head. "(1.5 pg 25) This revealing of the killer being Hamlet 's uncle leads to Hamlet 's inability to act. Hamlet wrestles with himself on if the Ghost was telling the truth.