This book contains insights on multiple Shakespearean tragedies. However, for the purposes of this paper, focus will be specific to the section on Hamlet, as it has valuable information on the character of Hamlet. This will be useful in helping to identify similarities between the two plays by examining the characters prevailing thoughts and struggles. Through examination of the chapter titled "Hamlet" as well as the previous chapter titled "Shakespeare's Tragic Period – Hamlet". These two chapters will be able to identify the revenge plot and details.
Hamlet Final Essay William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, follows Prince Hamlet who has been tried with the troubling task of seeking revenge for his father’s death. The person that Hamlet must kill in order to achieve vengeance is his uncle, Claudius. Many have wondered why Hamlet hesitates to kill his uncle in order to complete his task and that is the topic of discussion within this essay. Probable explanations for Hamlet’s delay are: his desire to remain in touch with his religion and morals; his need to know the validity of Claudius’ guilt; and his personal indecisiveness and overthinking. The first probable reason for Hamlet’s delay in killing Claudius is that Hamlet wants to follow his religious beliefs and morals.
Hamlet is essentially a story based on revenge. The play opens with the outside guards seeing the phantom of the recently deceased King Hamlet. When his son is summoned to him, he tasks him to get revenge for his death. Young Hamlet then spends the following days planning every move of his revenge until he accidentally kills the father of Laertes in an act of misguided rage. This mix up causes Hamlet’s well thought out plan to spiral out of control and puts Laertes on a quest to avenge his father’s murder just as Hamlet is.
As King Hamlet said in the passage mentioned above Claudius killed him for his queen, crown, and ambition, in the end of Claudius’s soliloquy he says “that cannot be, since I am still possessed of those effects for which I did the murder: my crown, mine own ambition, and my queen. May one be pardoned and retain th’ offense?” (Act 3, scene 3). Claudius saying this goes to show that he knows why he had killed his brother and what things it has caused. This quote also shows how much of a bad king
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” (I.v.90). Hamlet is about a young prince who is mourning the loss of his father. He then tries to seek revenge on his uncle Claudius because he poisoned his father. Throughout the play Hamlet’s behavior starts to change which causes him to become mad. The theory about all this is a Psychological Approach.
The setting of Hamlet differs greatly from present day Denmark. In the play, it is meant to emphasize the theme of the nation as a diseased body. For example, Claudius, Hamlet’s uncle, murders his own brother to take the throne for himself, as shown when he says, “To bear our hearts in grief and our whole kingdom to be contracted in one brow woe.” (Hamlet, 1.2.3-4). This demonstrates that the nation is rotting because the actions of the leader are corrupt. This also alludes to the corruption in Denmark caused by a single all powerful leader during Hamlet’s time.
Soliloquy and asides are the way Shakespeare creates to give audiences access to the characters’ private thoughts and feelings. A soliloquy is a speech given by a character like Hamlet alone on stage to show his thoughts to the audience, “To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer… And by opposing end them? (Act 3, Scene 1)” This quote is considered to be one of the most important and fundamental soliloquy in English literature and in Hamlet because it is describing Hamlet 's dilemma whether to die and end his suffering or to put up a fight against his tragic life and the betrayal. In addition, the soliloquy not only tells the audience the situation Hamlet facing through the extended imagery but also caught the eyes of the audience, creates the mood
Most importantly, (and this should be your thesis) what does Shakespeare’s opinion of rebellion seem to be? Is he ever in favor of it? Under what circumstances? What kinds of rebelliousness are examined in each play? What attitude does each play have toward rebelliousness?
Fate is the Character. This essay is about fate as the main protagonist. This essay will include an introduction to fate, myths and the powers in which control fate. The plays in which this essay will discuss are part of the Oedipus Rex Trilogy. The first play is Oedipus Rex; this essay will state Oedipus’s views of fate and his ideology around the theme.
Othello is the protagonist and the tragic hero of this tragedy play. Tragedy plays were so common in the Renaissance and they involve the death of the protagonist who is usually a man of high position and exceptional abilities. The death of the tragic hero is brought about by a conflict between him and some powerful force whether it is fate, God or established authority which limits his hope and ambition and destroys him at the end of the play. Othello begins as a respected warrior and hero but ends up as an irrational husband who murders his wife because of his insane jealousy after Iago deceives him and convinces him that his wife was having an affair with his lieutenant, Cassio. Othello is a Moor who has his own insecurities that he thinks of himself as an outsider in the Venetians ' society,