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.
Queen Gertrude hopes that Ophelia will be the cause of Hamlet’s unexpected madness, but this is part of Claudius being able to use all at his expense to spy and keep power. Claudius is also exceptionally good at keeping secrets which allows him to maintain his kingdom. The major secret Claudius keeps is the murder of his brother, King Hamlet, and how Claudius was the one to kill him. To keep this secret Claudius acts upset that his brother was killed and tells the kingdom that it is a great lost but they will grow from this. He also goes to great lengths to keep the murder a secret in which he tries to send Hamlet away after he finds out of Claudius’ actions.
Zeffirelli jumps right into the revenge for his father, more efficiently leading Hamlet to the idea of using the play as a method for revenge. In Shakespeare's original, Polonius reads the letter to Ophelia from Hamlet, saying “‘That’s an ill phrase, a vile phrase’” and expressing his hatred for the relationship between the two (2.2.112-113). Since he is so opposed to the exchange between the two, the readers can make the jump to say his son, and Ophelia’s brother, Laertes would feel the same. This establishes Laertes’ resentment for Hamlet and is very important later in the plot when Laertes and Hamlet have the fencing match. Without those feelings being evident, the audience may get
Fortinbras does not make regular appearances in Hamlet as he is conquering lands for most of the duration of the play, unlike Hamlet who spends most of his time procrastinating. Shakespeare gives similar back stories to both characters in order to contrast them. Both Fortinbras and Hamlet have lost their fathers due to murder which puts them both in a position to avenge their father’s deaths. Fortinbras is seen as the ideal figure who takes action straight away and seeks vengeance by regaining the lands his father lost. By acting quickly, Fortinbras was able to achieve his goal and ultimately achieve what he wanted.
The foil character introduced is that of Fortinbras. The two could definitely be seen as very similar to each other, since they are both avenging their fathers, but in fact, the reality is that a closer look reveals the signs of the things that set them apart from each other. When the character of Fortinbras is mentioned in Act IV, Scene ii, Hamlet is quick to point out his shortcomings, such as the fact that he was willing to go to excessively large lenghths to avenge his father’s death, even if it meant wasting many lives and troops for a seemingly worthless cause. However, when Hamlet finds a moment alone, he puts his own feelings into words and confesses how he truly sees the situation, which he does after nearly every altercation that is thrown his way. This does not just show that Hamlet is crazy for always talking to himself; it shows that Hamlet is his own confidant.
Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth” is about a man named Macbeth who is an ambitious person, will commit atrocious acts to achieve his desires. At the end of the play, Malcolm expresses Macbeth and lady Macbeth as “this dead butcher and his fiend like queen”. Lady Macbeth’s evil is restricted to the first murder, but on the other hand, Macbeth who starts off as a noble hero, goes from one ruthless killing to the next. Even though Macbeth has made immoral decisions, you still need to consider the fact that the audience has a clear understanding of both Macbeth and lady Macbeth’s conscience and guilt from the murders afterwards. Therefore, since they have conscience and experience guilt, it is difficult to say they deserved this epitaph.
At this scene, it’s also when Hamlet decides to understand the mistakes that he has made and face the consequences, but not be afraid because that’s how his fate ended up to be. Secondly, Hamlet understands the value that life gives because he told Horatio not to kill himself. When Horatio admits that he’s, “more an antique Roman than a Dane” (V.II.360), Hamlet quickly tells Horatio, “if thou didst ever hold me in thy heart,/ Absent thee from felicity awhile/ And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain/ To tell my story” (V.II.367-370).
Hamlet then his polonius’ body and the whereabouts are unknown. During a conversation with Claudius about Polonius’ corpse, he says, “ But if indeed you find him not within this month, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby”(IV.iii.35/37). It is shown that Hamlet has the psychotic capability of murder. He also shows no remorse for what he’s done because he feels as though killing Polonius was right. Furthermore, Hamlet’s sick and grotesque personality is even more in depth shown as he speaks on the fate of the rulers that come after
He chose to tell the whole truth, knowing that there would be consequences taken against his cousin. This shows true courage and commitment to his cause for peace. Benvolio’s honesty is what makes him one of the most courageous characters of the play. While some may argue that Benvolio is not a courageous character, evidence from the play proves otherwise. Benvolio is one of the few characters who sticks to his moral values throughout the whole play.
Laertes got some answers concerning his dad 's passing, and quickly returned home. He stood up to the King and blamed him for the homicide of his dad. Claudius told Laertes that Hamlet was in charge of his dad 's passing. He then chooses to murder Hamlet to vindicate the demise of his dad. He and Claudius come up with a plot to slaughter Hamlet.
King Henry IV however, sees his son as lacking decorum. Instead of showing courtliness and modesty that Hal knows he must, he is apathetic towards responsibilities until he realizes, it is time to gain the trust back from his father. Hal has an obligation as the Prince and King-to-be
Concerning The Prince: Love and Fear In The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli, he discusses and describes several pieces of advice on how to be a successful prince. While there is plenty of advice to look at in The Prince, this paper will just focus on Machiavelli’s advice and thoughts on being a prince in chapter 17. In chapter 17 he discusses the question of which is better for a prince; to be loved or to be feared. Machiavelli believes both should be the answer, but since it is difficult for one person to achieve both, it is a better choice to be a feared prince because of the connections one would have with his people and less chance of betrayal, but being feared should not be misused as cruelty and hate should be avoided.
In Shakespeare, Hamlet, revenge plays a large role in some of the characters actions. Hamlet was trying to get revenge on Claudius almost the whole play. Laertes wants to get revenge on Hamlet because Hamlet killed his father. Young Fortinbras wants to get revenge for King Hamlet killing his father. Although all of these characters were trying to get revenge, they all had different outcomes.