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 first movement is from the beginning through Hamlet’s acceptance of the Ghost’s command (1).”
So he is a villain not because he intended to do harm but because he is willing to use people as collateral damage as long as he achieves his goal. In order to convince the court of Denmark that he is indeed insane he walks around taking to himself, being cryptic and cruel and he basically calls Ophelia a whore when they are watching the play together. ___________. Then he goes and stabs Ophelia’s father Polonius, just because he happened to be in the wrong
Hamlet had many opportunities of killing his uncle. He constantly hesitated and came up with reason of why and why not. Infact the entire sequence of the play Hamlet procrastinates because he wants a proper death for Claudius in revenge for killing his father. This is heavy evidence for Hamlet’s respect and honor (or love) he had for his father and the fact that his mother had quickly remarried and married his uncle offended him. That alone was enough for Hamlet a reason to kill his uncle even before knowing what his uncle had done.
He loses both his sister AND his father to Hamlet’s rampage which expectedly infuriates him. “And so I have a father lost; and a sister driven to desperate terms… but my revenge will come.”. Laertes comes home to the destruction of his family and immediately begins plotting with Claudius to kill Hamlet. The revenge ended up backfiring and killing everyone except Horatio, thus proving that they should have left justice to a more cautious and lawful
This complaint unequivocally accuses Claudius for the murder of King Hamlet. The “unnaturalness” of the betrayal is vividly captured by the phrases “a brother’s hand/Of life” that evoke the intimacy and trust accorded to Claudius by King Hamlet as his own flesh and blood. The betrayal in Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet evokes internal and interpersonal conflict that permeates a human’s life. Internal conflict pitches a human being subconscious thoughts and intentions against his/her moral duty to the family or the larger society.
Soon after, his sister Ophelia is pronounced dead which only intensifies his anger towards Hamlet. Laertes bellows at Hamlet, “The devil take thy soul!”(5.1.243), uncovering that he accuses Hamlet for the passing of his dad and now sister. This drive is what prompted Laertes to collaborate with Claudius in Hamlet’s murder yet ultimately leading to his own death. This thirst for vengeance causes him to act quickly and abruptly, unintentionally getting poisoned by his own sword. 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.
Laertes, furious with Hamlet, falls into collusion with Claudius’s plan to kill Hamlet by poison “with this contagion, that, if [Laertes] gall[s] him slightly, it may be death”(Shakespeare IV. vii. 146-147). Both Claudius and Laertes want to kill Hamlet and an easy way to kill him is to use poison tipped swords. Laertes wants Hamlet to die by experiencing “nightmarish experiences for [a] man’s soul” through the poison (Rosenberg).
Due to the fact that Hamlet is being so adamant in avenging his father’s death, he speaks to his mother in a way that makes it seem as if he wishes to bring some form of harm to her. His mother calls out for help in fear Hamlet will kill her. Polonius is near and calls for help. When
Epilogue: Sophocles may have chosen to have the play written with the telling of Jocasta’s death and Oedipus stabbing his eyes out because back in ancient times, this may have been too gruesome to show to a large audience. Furthermore, in ancient times, no special stage effects could have been used to make the scenes seem real, while being safe. Oedipus blinds himself because he doesn’t want to see the damage he’s caused for his country and family and wants to live in darkness forever so he can’t see his failures. He doesn’t want to see his children because he believes he is an unworthy father and half-
In Hamlet, Prince Hamlet’s flaw is very evident when he states, “To take him in the purging of his soul/ When he is fit and seasoned for his passage?/ No./ Up, sword, and know thou a more horrid hent” (III. iii. 86-89). The whole entire play after Hamlet finds out that his Uncle Claudius murdered his father, he plots the execution of his selfish uncle. However, Prince Hamlet had the opportune time to avenge his father’s murderer but his recurring indecisiveness continues to get the best of him. Consequently, Hamlet’s over thinking and patience when it comes to making important decisions is what does not make him worthy of inheriting the throne.
Motivated by the greed for power and the crown, Claudius poisoned the King Hamlet as he rested in the orchards. Instead of receiving punishment for his crime, Claudius gained the title of King of Denmark and the love of Queen Gertrude, his brother 's wife. King Hamlet 's death was blamed on the bite of a serpent as the truth of his death went untold. The price of the
Village bites the dust of wounds from the harmed tipped sword Laertes utilized. "... Hamlet, thou craftsmanship slain... the tricky instrument is in thy, unbated and envenom 'd... ' [Act 5, Scene 2; lines 306-313] Hamlet was profoundly distressed by his dad 's passing. He identifies with an apparition, and this phantom expressed that his dad 's passing was a homicide, by the hand of his uncle, Claudius. "
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.
The betrayals that Hamlet suffered were done to him by people who were very close to him. The biggest betrayal Hamlet suffered was done to him by his uncle, Claudius, which then caused the betrayal of his mother, Gertrude, who then convinced Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to betray Hamlet as well. The betrayal by Claudius is the reason that Hamlet began his quest for vengeance, Claudius murdered Hamlet’s father, Claudius’ own brother, in order to get the throne and his brother’s wife, Gertrude, Hamlet found out about Claudius’ betrayal from the ghost of King Hamlet who said “The serpent that did sting thy father’s life / Now wears his crown.” [Shakespeare I,ii,38-39] the serpent that the ghost referred to is obviously Claudius, as he now wears the king’s crown. This is a betrayal against Hamlet because he was extremely loyal to his father, and thought very highly of him.
Tragedies have a significant effect on audiences due to its relevant complexes that occur every day through different situations. Throughout the course of a tragedy audience build a relationship with the tragic hero whose exceptional nature excites them and forces them to question his situation and flaws. In the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet, Hamlet’s catastrophic environment ignites his tragic flaws and ultimately leads to his demise. Hamlet succeeds in overcoming his hamartia through his death which allows him to maintain his legacy and avenge his father’s death. The famed poet T.S Elliot suggests in his essay “Hamlet and his problems”, that Hamlet faces disastrous conditions that exemplify the main complex within the play.