As Polonius is killed first thing Claudius thinks about is “It had been so with us, had we been there.” (4.1.l.12) and Hamlet is “full of threats to all”(4.1.l.13). Similarly Claudius manipulates and turns Laertes against Hamlet so that he does the dirty deed of killing Hamlet. This again shows that he could easily manipulate people and he is unapologetically selfish. Secondly Hamlet is betrayed by the people whom he considered loyal. For example Ophelia, whom he loves is not loyal to him.
While Hamlet is hesitant Laertes is brash and impulsive. He even states that in his confrontation with King Claudius “Let come what comes, only I 'll be revenged Most thoroughly for my father.” (4.5.148-154) Laertes does not do much thinking when it comes to avenging his father. The opposite is said about Hamlet who spends too much time contemplating whether he should avenge his father. They both were in the same situation but went about it very differently. In the final confrontation between Claudius, Laertes and Hamlet their colliding motives leads to the death of each person.
Hamlet delays in killing Claudius not only because he 's suffering from an Oedipal complex but also because his basic sanity keeps him from killing Claudius. In society we are taught that those who commit murder are sick or insane and will go to hell. However, Hamlet 's society believes the son of a murdered noble is responsible for avenging his father. And if the son does not abide to this law he himself deserves to die.
He acted strange when he was around the king and his attendants and this is evident when he tells his friend Guildenstem that "his uncle-father and aunt-mother are deceived" (Shakespeare). In addition, when they enter the court party, Hamlet tells Horatio that "I must be idle," meaning he is trying to feign his madness. He also confesses to his mother that "I essentially am not in madness, but mad in craft" (Shakespeare). For Hamlet, he had to pretend to be mad in order to plan and execute his revenge against Claudia. Hamlet’s madness played an important role in the play because he later on became insane after he had feigned his insanity.
Hamlet was taught to hate Claudius for, in addition to murdering his father, spitefully marrying his mother and taking away the only love of the King’s life; during a long, emotional speech to Hamlet, the Ghost exclaimed that “thus was [he], sleeping, by a brother’s hand of life, of crown, of queen at once dispatched,” (1.5. 75-76). Hamlet begins to despise his uncle for not only killing his father, but for stealing his father’s wife, and perhaps winning his mother’s love. It is often wondered whether Hamlet has inappropriate
When King Hamlet’s ghost approaches Prince Hamlet in Act I, he soon finds out that he, along with many others, were lied to about his father’s death. When King Hamlet’s ghost informs Prince Hamlet that King Claudius poisoned him, he cannot let anyone know that he is aware of this information. When Hamlet finds out that King Claudius murdered his father, it ignites a fire in him that drives him to complete his father’s request and murder Claudius. If he were to let the other
In Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet proves many of times that he is truly going mad. Hamlet had a rough start in the beginning of the play with his father 's passing and with his mom moving on so quickly and marrying his uncle. It is understandable that Hamlet is not in the right state of mind with everything he has gone through and continues to go through during Shakespeare’s play. Hamlet sees his father, King Hamlet’s ghost and the ghost explains to Hamlet that Claudius was the one that murdered him. Hamlet must seek revenge for the murder of his father and he will do this at any cost.
Hamlet is appalled at the revelation that his father has been murdered, and the alleged spirit of the former king tells him that the only “villain” to blame is Claudius “who now wears his crown”. Hamlet’s worst fears about his uncle are confirmed. The ghost exhorts Hamlet to seek revenge, telling him that Claudius has corrupted Denmark and corrupted Gertrude, having taken her from the pure love of her first marriage and seduced her in their incestuous union. But the ghost urges Hamlet not to act against his mother in any
Regarding Hamlet is a revenge tragedy, madness is a theme of the play but he’s not truly mad. He pretends to be mad to distract his uncle and mother so that he can reveal the truth of his father’s murder. Even though he gives the signs of his feigned madness throughout the play he first articulates these words to his friend Horatio at the end of act I scene
Macbeth killed Banquo, Macduff's son and wife, he tries to hide his evil plan under people's eyes. In order to persuade Hyenas to help him, Scar lies to them that they are allies and friends. "Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill."(Macbeth; 3.2.57) In another aspect, Macbeth and Scar cannot turn back to the right path. "I am in blood Stepp'd in so far, that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er."