First, her boyfriend dumps her, then he calls her vulgar names, and lastly, he kills her father. Just one of these traumatic events could make a character go mad, but the combination of the three justifies Ophelia’s madness. The use of these three tragic events in Ophelia’s life makes her madness reasonable. The first event to happen that changes Ophelia’s demeanor is her relationship problems with her boyfriend, Hamlet. In Act III, Scene I of the play, Ophelia says to Hamlet “My lord, I have remembrances of yours, That I have longed long
Have you ever drifted away from your own sanity in hopes of getting revenge? Does the thought of violence or chaos cross your mind when it seems like the world is out to get you? In one of William Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, Hamlet, acts of violence seem to follow each and every character in the play. In the beginning, Hamlet was thrown into a whirlwind of change and endless emotions. With his father just being murdered by his uncle Claudius and Polonius banning the relationship between him and Ophelia, the only thought running through Hamlet’s mind was anger and revenge.
Such violence made him a “tyrant” and eventually killed by Macduff in anger of Macbeth’s crimes. After the battle, Macduff comes to Malcolm and cried “For so thou art. Be hold where stands/ The usurper’s cursed head. The time is free./ I see thee compassed with thy kingdom’s pearl,/ That speak my salutation in their minds,/ Whose voices I desire aloud with mine.” (5.8.54-57) Nearly every character, at the end of the play, detested Macbeth because of his actions to seize the throne. Shakespeare foreshadowed the stage of order being restored in these
In the play, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Hamlet makes a lot of violence in the scenes of this play this also lead the reader to think did Hamlet do all of this so that he could live and get his revenge? Or was he just crazy and didn’t act normal and purposely have all of this drama? The answer still remain
In contrast to this, Macbeth is consumed by his ambition after being influenced by the witches and his wife. “I murdered you, my son, against my will- you too, my wife…”(1461-1462) Creon regrets his actions by the end of the play. From these lines Sophocles made it even more clear that if you defy the gods, you will surely regret your actions. “Though Birnam Wood be come to Dunsinane and thou
Finally, upon hearing the news of Ophelia’s death, Laertes is once again filled rage. “Hadst thou thy wits, and didst persuade revenge, it could not move thus” (Shakespeare IV, v, 145). In this quote, Laertes claims that even if Ophelia was sane, she could not persuade him any better than she is now to take revenge for them. He probably feels this way because he is angry that Ophelia has become like this, and blames it all on Hamlet. This could be a sign that he is becoming mad, since he is blaming everything on Hamlet without thinking anything through.
Shakespeare further portrays men to be the instigators of betrayal, as Hamlet forgets that he ever loved Ophelia. Through, being overcome with intense hatred and anger at his mother, Hamlet denies ever having loved Ophelia, and orders her “to a nunnery”. It is Hamlet who instigates such betrayal, as he previously says “My fair Ophelia- Nymph” through “Nymph” Hamlet is describing Ophelia as a beautiful maid, thus highlighting his love for her. Yet, his attitude thereafter is considerably callous, as he continually questions Ophelia on her “honesty”. The continual questioning reflects that of a grueling and in part contributes to Ophelia’s later madness.
Considering Ophelia becomes completely insane from Hamlet’s denunciation of his love for her, Hamlet’s fortuitous murder of Polonius, and his abrasive confrontation with Gertrude. In addition, his actions even triggers Claudius to attempt to subdue him, but only end up in the death of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who fell victims to the destructive and bloody path Hamlet had carved to the throne. Undoubtedly, it is all these events that certainly personify the estranged heir, as both a diabolical, and covetous heir. As his willingness
In his fumbled plan for revenge, Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius, forces Polonius's son Laertes to seek revenge against him, and drives Ophelia crazy causing her to kill herself. Hamlet's insane behavior is a significant part of the story because it is supposedly part of his revenge plan, but also because of the additional problems, it creates. Some have argued that his madness was indeed an act, but rather real madness that he was trying to cover up by telling people
The biggest thematic concern in this was faith. An example is used when Romeo yells out, “O, I am fortune’s fool!”(3.1.131). This refers specifically to his unluckiness in being forced to kill his new wife’s cousin. It also recalls the sense of fate that hangs over the play. Mercutio’s response to his fate, however, is notable in the ways it differs from Romeo’s response.