When people lose a loved one, they often feel as though they need to seek revenge to make up for the life lost. They may feel that this will avenge the death or give them more peace to move on with their life. However, oftentimes people fear that revenge will have negative consequences, which prevents them from acting upon those thoughts. Shakespeare describes the thought process of people in these types of scenarios through Hamlet as Hamlet goes back and forth between wanting and fearing revenge towards his uncle, King Claudius, for killing his father. King Hamlet comes to Hamlet as a ghost to tell him to kill Claudius, but it takes Hamlet the whole play to finally fulfill his father’s wish since he fears the consequences of murdering the king of Denmark.
Claudius for example, hastily draws up a plan to kill Hamlet once he figures out that the young Prince knows the truth. Laertes is another character that does not hesitate when it is his turn to avenge his father and sister’s death: “But my revenge will come! “ (4.7.29). Even though these two characters fail miserably at their plan, they both contrast greatly with Hamlet’s thought process and procrastination. As I stated previously, we see that Hamlet is a man of reason and intellect.
Unaware of the role Hamlet is playing, Ophelia feels rejected and hurt. Eventually, Ophelia’s heartache, along with the death of her father, causes her to commit suicide. Next, Claudius and Gertrude’s role play affect their relationship with Hamlet. At the beginning of the play, Claudius takes on the role of a kind, just king; he seems to genuinely care for Hamlet. He often gives him fatherly advice, and shows affection for Hamlet in ways that an uncle would.
These attributes are commonly associated with the opposite gender, and Shakespeare uses this exchange of traits to accentuate the irregularity of the situation being represented. The more dramatic features, though, are Romeo’s, and Shakespeare shows how difficult it is for him not to fit in the box of “being a man”. When Tybalt came to kill Romeo, Mercutio interfered, and it ended up costing him his life. Due to the death of his close friend, Romeo grew enraged and decided to “be a man” and get revenge on Tybalt. “O sweet Juliet, / Thy beauty hath made me effeminate /
At first, he is a loyal and courageous Thane for Duncan; however, he becomes deceitful once he decides to kill the king. He becomes blinded by the prophecy and persuasion by his wife, Lady Macbeth. As a result, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth act accordingly to gain and maintain power. Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare proves unchecked ambitions are not worth seeking as they can cause an individual to sacrifice themselves and their morals.
Sometimes, equivocations in Macbeth are meant kindly, as when Ross tries to spare Macduff’s feelings by telling him that his wife and son are “well.” Macduff initially takes this to mean that his family is alive and healthy, but Ross means that they are dead and in heaven. More often than not, though, such ambiguous statements lead to harm. The witches’ deceptive prophecies are perhaps the most destructive instances of
This scene is also very important, as it depicts him as a lover, not a fighter. He then realizes his unusual actions; and pursues Tybalt - to avenge Mercutio 's death. Shakespeare wants the audience to question Romeo 's actions and wonder about the true heart of his character: good or evil. After taking Tybalt 's life, Romeo begins to comprehend that he has been too rash and impulsive. He
Claudius tries and fails to pray for forgiveness, but Hamlet mistakes this for repentance. Because of this, he decides to "trip him that his heels ay kick at heaven" and delays in killing him. Unfortunately for him, his uncle is not truly remorseful for his sins, saying "My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go". The king is deceptive without even trying, it is second nature to him.
This is reinforced by the rhetorical question that serves to convince Walton that the Monster hated having to turn to violence. In both situations, a friendly and accepting hand could have led both monsters to happiness and kindness, but the lack thereof sparked the violence. Grendel and the Monster from their respective works, Gardner’s Grendel and Shelley’s Frankenstein, find themselves with no companionship, nobody to share in their joys or sorrows, which leads to violence being taken out on those who rejected them; if those victims had initially accepted and loved Grendel and the Monster, this would not have
Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is a play that mainly focuses on one common theme of insanity. Macbeth gradually becomes plagued by intense guilt as his desire for power drives him to attain his goals by any means necessary, including committing murder. He kills Duncan in cold blood in order to become King, has Banquo killed by three murderers because he wishes to maintain his position as King, and finally, he has Macduff’s family slaughtered. Each of these occurrences takes place because of Macbeth’s will to be King, or they are a result of his guilt. Nonetheless, they are all completed of his free will, which is what causes him to deteriorate mentally.
Once Prince, the county sheriff, found out about the death of Tybalt by Romeo, he banished Romeo from Verona, preventing Romeo from being with Juliet, his new wife. This incident shows that Romeo does not consider what may result from his actions. Instead of thinking of the consequences, he acted on his impulses which cost him dearly in the end. If he had controlled his emotions better,
Romeo tells Friar the news that he has “been feasting with [his] enemy,” and has fallen for her ( Shakespeare 2.3.48). Romeo is unwilling to tell his parents because he knows their pride over their names will trump their judgment over acceptance. He feels safe confiding with Friar because he knows that Friar will actually pay him attention and listen to his problems. He is pushed into following Friar’s advice because his parents are pushing him away. The difference of Friar and Romeo’s parents is that he will “give [Romeo]... adversity’s sweet milk, philosophy, to comfort [him] through tho [he] is banished” (Shakespeare 3.3.54-56).
Camree Rogers Has your heart ever been torn between the loss of a loved one, and anger against the who had caused it? Hamlet has felt both of those strong emotions, because, between him mourning his father's death, and how he was murdered by his new uncle/father, Claudius. After he had figured out who killed his father, Hamlet decides he can’t trust anyone, until his death has had justice. Furthermore, Hamlet learns that his mother, Gertrude, had been having an affair with Claudius then begins his plan to take revenge for his father. Shakespeare uses mood, tone, and irony to develop the themes of anger and betrayal.