In addition, to how their differences and similarities shape their personalities, which causes them to pursue or compromise their happiness. The character of Hamlet is expressed as a protagonist. His irritated attitude towards Claudius in scene 2 of act 1 leaves the audience with a clear first impression of his nature. He is deceitful of the king, his uncle Claudius who is now the ruler of Denmark after his brothers “death”, and disgusted of his mother marrying his uncle. Hamlet is an example of someone who has compromised his happiness, in order to avenge his father’s murder.
Revenge is the desire to inflict harm on one who has wronged someone else. In many cases, revenge is motivated by a desire to make a person receive payback for their wrongdoings. A person can either forget and carry on with their life or allow sin to fill themselves with anger and a thirst for revenge. In the tragedy, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Hamlet has a strong suspicion that his father’s death was a murder by his uncle, Claudius because a ghost had told him so. Hamlet’s depression transitions into an intense desire to avenge his great father, Hamlet becomes consumed with the past as everyone around him moves on into the future.
He must be driven by the cause of his father’s unruly death to seek vengeance for King Hamlet. “Oh, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!” (Act II, Scene II, Line 535) Unfortunately, Hamlet’s constant scrutiny and consideration results in his idling and procrastination. While he should constantly strive for action, Hamlet remains mostly inactive, losing every opportunity to fight for his cause. He broods over justice, discusses morality, and explores both life and death through thought. While his soliloquies are proof of his inactivity, Hamlet’s behavior in regards to Polonius’ murder is strange, and seemingly out of character.
Due to this the ghost of King Hamlet visits Prince Hamlet and tells him to take revenge on his uncle. Hamlet confirms stating “So, uncle, there you are. Now to my word. It is “adieu, adieu, remember me.” I have sworn’t” (I.v.116). Hamlet realizes his uncle is the murderer 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.
“What’s worse, looking jealous or crazy”? Hamlet’s cynical, melancholy, and full of hatred for his uncle Claudius and his insane behavior is evident throughout the play. Hamlet is obsessed with avenging his father’s death. Hamlet is indecisive and hesitant, but at other times, he’s prone to rash and impulsive acts of violence. His madness is shown through his strong love for Ophelia and the depths he is willing to take to show how much he loves her.
Hamlet then goes on to say, “who would fardels bear,To grunt and sweat under a weary life” (3;18;84-85) and is asking the question of how anyone would want to continue their life in his situation. Due to the Ghost coming back and telling Hamlet that the death of his father was not an accident, Hamlet is now responsible for killing King Claudius. Killing a King is not easy and the longer Hamlet takes to actually complete the task, the more Hamlet is driving himself into actual madness. That madness only being created from the extraordinary amount of stress that Hamlet is under. The madness, the stress,
“Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing To what I shall unfold.” (I, v, 5-6) “So art thou to revenge when thou shalt hear.” (I, v, 8). After hearing his father’s story, along with his request to kill his brother, Hamlet transforms from glum and moody, to furious and vengeful, providing
In William Shakespeare’s tragic play, Hamlet, Shakespeare recounts the story of a prince who is given the task to avenge the death of his father. The play is centered around Hamlet, a student whose studies are interrupted by his father’s death. After returning to the kingdom, Hamlet encounters a ghost claiming to bear the soul of his father. Upon this confrontation, Hamlet is faced with evidence that his uncle, Claudius, murdered his father, Hamlet I. As a result, Hamlet strategizes to perform revenge on Claudius for his malefaction.
Throughout the play Hamlet feels angry, scared and of course vengeful when planning out his revenge on his uncle and it brings him to stall in going through with it. “ 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”( III.i.65-8 ). Hamlet is expressing his fear in getting his revenge. He knows that he is angry but he is scared to go through with it for the fear of dying and drifting into a place of nothingness. For he doesn’t really know what lies ahead.
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.