He questioned every decision he made excessively. Although Hamlet agreed to take revenge on Claudius, he wasn’t fully committed to it. He had to consider every option to determine his course of action. In one way, Hamlet didn’t want to murder Claudius because murder was the reason he wanted revenge. However, he murdered Polonius impulsively.
“To be or not to be?” is the question Hamlet often asks himself along his journey of revenge, where many emotional encounters and obstacles continue to test him. Violence arises when Polonius dies, Ophelia drowns herself, and the killing of Claudius after the intense fencing match between Hamlet and Laertes. These violent decisions all relate back to Hamlet’s scheme of how he plans to retaliate for the death of his father, whether he uses mental or physical sources of violence. Shakespeare creates violence throughout the plot to contribute to the overall meaning of the play. Each of these violent segments have the readers asking questions to figure out what the purpose and reasonings are behind all of these heartless acts of brutality that take place during the play.
Hamlet's Heightening Insanity In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, it is clear that Hamlet was once sane, but the tragic events of his life led him to be insane. Grieving over the loss of a loved one, yet a parent, is extremely difficult. These hardships can cause a lot of problems in one’s life. In Hamlet, Shakespeare incorporates a theme of madness to serve a motive. In fact, Hamlet is not initially crazy, but plans to use the insanity as a trick to achieve what he wanted-- revenge.
Hamlet is distressed following the death of his father and the hurried marriage of his mother to Claudius who takes over the throne. The Uncle attempts to control Hamlet with care as he plans a scheme to stir up trouble. When Hamlet confirms his own fears, he meets the ghost of his father who urges Hamlet to avenge Claudius. The ghost says, "Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder" (Shakespeare, I, V, 31). A strategy to ensure he is not suspected to his plan, Hamlet fakes loyalty and obedience to Claudius.
More important mistakes, such as the ones made by Hamlet and Claudius in Hamlet and Daisy and Jay in The Great Gatsby, reap costly consequences, and sometimes these consequences can result in death. For Hamlet, he intends to get revenge immediately, but his mistake of delaying his revenge when given the perfect chance to kill Claudius ultimately causes Hamlet’s downfall. Hamlet eventually does get his revenge, but his mistake of not getting sooner costs Hamlet his life. Claudius’ mistake of killing King Hamlet “in cold blood” and deciding to marry Gertrude just weeks after King Hamlet’s death not only causes misfortune and death to Claudius, but also causes the misfortune and deaths of others. Claudius’ intentional action quickly became his largest mistake, a mistake that was largely avoidable.
Another fact worth focusing upon is Hamlet’s desire to surprise his uncle’s guilt by putting a scene into play as well as his inability to detach himself from his real feelings and act as an entirely different character. Quintilian, in his “Institutes of Oratory” raises the following questions : “I make a complaint that a man has been murdered; shall I not bring before my eyes everything that is likely to have happened when the murder occurred? Shall not the assassin suddenly sally forth? Shall not the other tremble, cry out, supplicate or flee? Shall I not behold the one striking, the other falling?
Shakespeare sets the tone of fear using this literary device to show how there are harsh consequences for killing Tybalt. Shakespeare further explores this theme when Romeo asks, “Doth she not think me an old murderer, / Now I have stained the childhood of our joy / With blood removed but little from her own?” (Shakespeare III.iii.103-105). Shakespeare’s choice of words ,
His ambition leads him to accept “the very firstlings of [his] heart, shall be/The firstlings of his hand” (4.1.147-148). Hamlet’s promise to avenge his father’s death by killing Claudius is put on hold because his finds himself “thinking to precisely on the’ event” (4.4.40). Hamlet’s indecisiveness is the flaw in his character. He contemplates the reasons not to kill Claudius while Claudius is praying. If Hamlet were to kill Claudius while he is repenting of his sins, he would go to heaven with his acts forgiven.
Everyone at some point in their life sets a goal that they wish to accomplish for some reason or another, and in William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, the goal of the main character is to avenge the death of his father who was killed by his uncle, Claudius. Furthermore, when achieving these goals, people are willing to go to the extreme to make sure that these goals are completed. In Shakespeare’s play the main character, Hamlet, falsely portrays himself as mentally unstable which adds a crafty element to the storyline because his false derangement allows him to undertake rash decisions without consequence to achieve his ultimate goal. Shortly after Hamlet’s father comes to him in ghost form explaining that he wants Hamlet to avenge his death, the prince goes straight to his friend, Horatio, to explain that all of his future actions of madness are false (Shakespeare I.5.169-174). This textual evidence clarifies that Hamlet is actually
Within the plot of Hamlet, there are many character foils to express meaning, Hamlet and Fortinbras being one example. The reason Shakespeare chooses to have very similar characters end up in different situations is to express the thought that Hamlet could have ended up a successful character, like Fortinbras, which adds to the element of tragedy. Hamlet’s failure to avenge his father and stay alive to tell the story was procrastinating on his feelings; whereas Fortinbras, a character foil, could have suffered as a result of his father’s murder, but took a deliberate path that ended up to him successfully avenging his father and staying alive. These lead the audience to sympathize with Hamlet and ultimately understand he could have been a successful