One of the main examples of denial is through Brick who denies his sexuality for Maggie, Big Daddy, and himself. He is trying to please everyone in the family through ignoring how he feels, which leads him to drinking his sorrows through liquor. It is not the fact that he does not love Maggie it is that he can not love Maggie due to loss of attraction. He is denying himself for Big Daddy only to not disappoint him because he is the son. He loves Big Daddy and to tell him the news while he is on his death time would leave Brick to the thought of Big Daddy dying in disappointment through his son.
This does not just show that Hamlet is crazy for always talking to himself; it shows that Hamlet is his own confidant. Hamlet realizes there is no one left to trust but himself, which explains why he only speaks his innermost thoughts and feelings in the confines of privacy. Concerning the Fortinbras situation, Hamlet realizes how Fortinbras is doing something he is too much of a coward to do: actually follow through with a vow to avnge the death of his father. The words spoken from Hamlet himself sum it up perfectly, “How all occasions do inform against me, and
His cowardice prevents Hamlet from moving forward in his plans as his concerns for falling short in his father’s eyes prohibit him from even trying. Were he to try killing the king only to fail, not only could he suffer the pre-established consequences he fears, but the King would also continue living, his father would not have been served justice, and would continue walking in purgatory. Hamlet does not trust his own abilities. Hamlet strives for the success that he sees in those around him, including Claudius, his own father, and most importantly, Fortinbras. He compares himself to him, stating “Quote – Hamlet comparing himself to Fortinbras, saying how good he is”, which clearly shows he strives for success yet is to afraid that he will lose it were he to
Williams Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, describes the tragic death of King Hamlet, whose son becomes very depressed and impacted by the death of his father, causing him to plan revenge honoring his father’s death.The son, Hamlet, constantly is mourning his father and is depressed about how no one seems to be mourning for him. This causes Hamlet to lose his relationships with people in his family because he keeps to himself, rather than voicing his suffering to others in effort to heal. This inhibits his recovery and perpetuates his depressive state. Malcolm Gladwell disagrees with Hamlet’s way to handle grief and suggests a more proactive way to improve their situation. Gladwell in his piece, David and Goliath Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, suggests people should use their negative situation to their advantage.
Hamlet says that life shouldn’t be worth all the hardships and death may be better than having to suffer. Hamlet asks “Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them.“(Shakespeare) in his soliloquy. This quote shows that he is wondering if life would be worth all the suffering or if he should just end it all and hope that the afterlife is better than his current life. Later in the soliloquy, he realizes that most people won’t know what happens in the afterlife because no one ever comes back from the dead. He realizes this when he states “...But
Through his initial self-condemnation for being passive, Hamlet realizes the essence of his internal struggle and devises a plan to take action without having to go against his true nature. At the start of the soliloquy, the character foil between player 1 and Hamlet emphasizes Hamlet’s self-loathe by revealing his inability to avenge his father’s death. The
The major difference between Laertes and Hamlet is the time they spend on revenge. Hamlet doesn’t take every advantage of the large amount of opportunities to kill his uncle- he doesn’t kill Claudius when Claudius is praying in the room alone, for example; he keeps the right time to exact his vengeance. Also, he is suspicious whether the ghost is telling him the truth so that he prepares a play that is similar to the way Claudius kills his father to see Claudius’ reaction. After checking the ghost doesn’t lie, he is ready for revenge. On the other hand, Laertes just goes to Denmark as soon as he hears about the death of his father.
The more Hamlet criticizes Claudius, the more his unconscious feelings start to unravel. Hence, Hamlet is faced with a dilemma by acknowledging the same feelings his uncle has towards his mother, even though he detests Claudius, and yet on the other hand, he feels the need to avenge his father's death. It takes Hamlet a month to decide to finally take action against Claudius. Hamlet is convinced of Claudius' guilt, but his own guilt prevents him from completely eliminating his uncle. Hamlet is still trying to "repress" his own sexual desires.
Hamlet reflects on what he has done since he vowed to kill the king. He feels unaccomplished that he has not taken action. Hamlet wanted to kill Claudius at the right moment. While he was in the act of committing a sin. He then swears to his father, King Hamlet that he will fulfill what the King has
The penultimate character who uses Ophelia in Hamlet is King Claudius. Although he has minimal interaction with Ophelia throughout the play, the reader is still able to see how Ophelia is a victim as a result of his actions. Much like Polonius, Claudius uses Ophelia to spy on Hamlet. He uses Ophelia to try and uncover what Hamlet is hiding from him. In Act 3, scene 1, Claudius tells Gertrude, “...leave us too / For we have closely sent for Hamlet hither, / That he, as ‘twere by accident, may here / Affront Ophelia” (Shakespeare 136).