Instead of taking action and killing claudius, he questions whether the ghost was actually his father asking to revenge his death or the devil resembling his father to try to tempt him into murder. In No Fear Shakespeare from Sparknotes, Hamlet talks about his doubts to believe the ghost is actually his father or not by saying “May be the devil, and the devil hath power T’ assume a pleasing shape. Yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness and melancholy, As he is very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me (Act 2 Scene 2 Page 24). This shows how Hamlet was indecisive and how the ghost of his father was one of the major reasons why he was indecisive.
Hamlet's overthinking and inaction led to several unnecessary murders. Hamlet knew that Claudius is guilty, yet he still wants to make sure, therefore Hamlet made a play that played out the exact way that Claudius had killed King Hamlet. Hamlet had done this in order to watch how Claudius reacts to make sure that Claudius is the one who murdered his father, “I’ll observe his looks, if he do blench, I know my course” (Ham.2.2.583-585) “Now might I do it pat, now’a is a-praying. And now I’ll do’t” ( Ham. 3.3.72-73), Hamlet says, as he is debating whether or not to kill the king as he prays and thinks to himself if he kills him now then the king will just go to heaven because he is praying.
Upon hearing this information, Hamlet agrees to proceed with the request his father has made. This is the true beginning of Hamlet’s mental demise, because not only did he listen to a ghost, but he became willing to murder a family member, let alone his uncle. No sane person would do such an act, even in a state of grief similar to that of Hamlet’s. Following the events in scene one, Hamlet develops a plan that involves him acting insane. When his friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern arrive to the castle, Hamlet has fully excelled into acting insane by saying random comments in regular conversation, such as “I am but mad north-north-west.
Second, Hamlet’s delaying may simply be his lack of resolution in killing his father. Throughout the play, Hamlet’s delays seem to be necessary for the murder, however, the actions make more sense if Hamlet does not want to commit the murder at all. Yet, when committing the murder in the end it seems that the deaths of his mother, his father and soon himself(because he is poisoned) push him to kill because it provides more reasons for killing Claudius and eliminates almost all negatives. All of the thematic theater references and symbols point to the difference between what is real and what is
The country of Denmark was portrayed as corrupt. Living in this country was a huge factor on the way Hamlet felt about life and his mental stability. The murder of King Hamlet set the course into other characters’ madness. Murdering one’s brother in order to marry their wife is not the desire of a sane person. Hamlet stated that he was going to put on an act of being mad.
Two central ideas of the play are madness and revenge because they are seen multiple times throughout the play. They interact and build on each other. Hamlet is mad because ophelia has passed away , Hamlet wants to fight laertes and Hamlet wants revenge on Claudius . Madness and revenge interacts and build on each other when hamlet wants revenge on Claudius for killing king hamlet. The text states “the ghost commands hamlet to avenge his death let not the royal bed of denmark act 1 scene 5 line 83.
Was it because he had strategically planed or was it because he was not positive his uncle was the murder? Hamlet was smart with how he made everyone think he was mad. He wanted to through off everyone to make it easier for him to take vengeance for hid father. This shows that Hamlets mind thinks differently and is always thinking. At the end of the book Claudius wants Hamlet to drink and was deliberately forcing him to drink.
78-88). The reaction, to Hamlet, will prove that Claudius is in a guilty state of mind and is actually responsible for the Death of the prior king, Hamlet’s father. Once the speech is recited, the King reacts in just the way that Hamlet expected and flees from the theatre shouting, “Give me some light: away!” (Hamlet III,ii. 273). This just fuels the madness of Hamlet because now he feels he has reasonable motive to carry out the murder of
In the Shakespearean play, the protagonist, Hamlet is said to have gone mad by the other characters. Many of those that come in contact with the main character believe that he has gone crazy, including his own mother. It appears that all of the characters believing Hamlet is deranged have some form of connection to the current king, Claudius. I think that Hamlet’s bizarre behavior is a ploy, the cunning man does not want others to view him as a threat; Hamlet hopes to investigate his father’s death and form a plan to enact his revenge. Due to the fact that only people with a connection to the King believe that Hamlet has gone mad, I suspect that Hamlet’s madness is an act of dramatics rather than a true change in mental state.
The rest of the play questions Hamlet’s motives and whether he is, indeed, mad or acting. He’s convinced Claudius of his madness, although he knows not of his fate he delays the King’s murder. He goes into the duel, where he meets his destiny against Laertes with a poisoned sword. Manipulation exists throughout Hamlet from the prince acting mad to Claudius killing Gertrude. Claudius manipulated Hamlet by convincing Laertes to duel him a poisoned battle.