Adding to Ophelia 's decay, there is the question of if Ophelia is still a virgin, beginning Ophelia 's downfall. If she did lose her virginity, there is the possibility of it adding to her decay because now Hamlet is using it against her.The decay within Ophelia reaches its peak when Hamlet kills her father mistaking him for the king behind the arras, “How now! A rat? Dead, for a ducat, dead!” (3.4.24). The readers could wonder if Hamlet knew all along who was behind the curtain and choose to kill him anyway to get his own type of justice against Ophelia.
Hamlet faked his madness after learning of his father’s death. He felt betrayed by his mother who married his uncle, shortly after King Hamlet’s death. Prince Hamlet promised revenge to avenge his death thus he looked for a plan. He decided to feign madness as he spoke with Polonius so that Claudius questions him. The rest of the play questions Hamlet’s motives and whether he is, indeed, mad or acting.
Furthermore, in the story betrayal was shown when hamlets talk to the ghost and discover that the ghost is father telling him that Claudius has killed him by poisoning him in the ear. The ghost tells Hamlet, “The will of my most seeming-virtuous/ queen: Sleeping within my orchard, /thy uncle stole, and in my ears did pour the distilment”. (10). This quote shows how Claudius betrayed his own family just to get the throne and rule the kingdom. Additionally, when Hamlet killed Polonius he thought it was a rat and he said to his mother Gertrude, “How now!
Both Claudius and Hamlet become extremely paranoid of each other, while in the midst of their plans. In their exchanges, both men are wary of each other while trading insults that use death and decay imagery. During the search for Polonius’ dead body, Hamlet insults Claudius by saying that if he can’t find Polonius in Heaven, he should “seek him i’ th’ other place yourself” (4.3. 35-36). This is a sly jab by Hamlet in which he states that Claudius should kill himself to go check in Hell, because that is where he will go when he dies.
In Act 1, a ghost-who is revealed to be King Hamlet-appears. He won’t talk to the guards, but once Hamlet (his son) arrives, the ghost reveals the truth about how he died. Apparently, Claudius had killed him by putting poison in his ear, but everyone believed that a snake had bit him. In Scene 3, Ophelia is told to be wary of Hamlet’s romantic advances. Laertes departs for France.
Which sends the prince spiraling downhill into the deep pockets of madness. Hamlet becomes ingulfed in a phase of revenge, the events from the trail of his revenge doesn’t go at all how he planned, because of his uncertainty. Hamlet hand many chances to kill the new king after his father died. The new king happened to be his uncle, King Claudious rose to power by marrying Hamlet’s mother. This came at a very hard time for hamlet he became bitter towards his mother, because he felt as if that was too soon and should still have been mourning for his father as he was.
Corruption is a disease that over time rots the human way of thinking. In Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet, Prince Hamlet finds out about his father’s murder, causing him to go insane and wanting to seek revenge. His new motive in life is to seek revenge, which ends up corrupting him and everyone around him. In Hamlet, Shakespeare discusses the idea of corruption in order to show how it can contaminate a person’s heart and way of life. Hamlet faces many dilemmas throughout the novel, in one scene he even debates whether it is even worth it to live anymore: “ To be or not to be—that is the question:/ Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer/ The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,/ Or take arms against a sea of trouble” (3.1.64-67).
The Reason Behind His Madness Hamlet gets himself into an utterly dire situation as his madness is totally self caused and entirely avoidable. He chooses his own fate when he is wrapped up in the idea of destroying his uncle to avenge his father. The thought of carrying out this revenge drives him to actually become mad and ruin almost all of his ties of friendship and his love for Ophelia. Hamlet’s demise, and the demise of loved ones around him, is self-inflicted and self-destructive. In the play of Hamlet, Hamlet, the main character, is the son of the King that has just recently died and Hamlet’s mother quickly thereafter remarried the Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius.
The conflict for Hamlet is whether or not to carry out this vendetta, which is what causes the tragedy. Throughout the duration of Hamlet, he is seen making plans to get his revenge on his uncle, who murdered Hamlet’s father. The idea of revenge poisons Hamlet and while he says he is only pretending to be mad, it appears that he
Once more, Hamlet makes the wrong choice, believing that this is not the right time to kill Claudius. To further elaborate, Hamlet, explains, “Why, this is hire and salary, not revenge” (Hamlet 3.3.79). Hamlet believes that he will not be doing his father justice if he kills Claudius after he is forgiven of his sins. Hamlet continues, “To take him in the purging of his soul / When he is fit and season 'd for his passage?... / Up, sword, and know thou a more horrid hent” (Ham.3.3.85–88).