Throughout the play Hamlet uncovers horrible deeds his uncle has committed, which were “Remorseless, Treacherous, lecherous”. Hamlet wished to punish Gertrude but was prevented by his father’s ghost. In Hamlet’s soliloquy in Act 3 scene 2, Hamlet will “speak daggers to her but use none” representing his future interactions with Gertrude. Shakespeare uses this metaphor to show Hamlet’s hatred towards his mother and to create tension. In Act 3 Scene 4, Hamlet reveals Claudius’ involvement in his father’s death to his mother, but she thinks Hamlet has turned into a madman.
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.
With Polonius holing up behind a shade as Hamlet meets with his mom, her apprehension makes her shout out for help. Villa responds by drawing his sword and wounding it at the window ornament. Trusting it is Claudius, he pulls the drape back to uncover Polonius. The main of the King's supporter's (and consequently Hamlet's adversaries) is dead. He starts condemning Gertrude, and is all of a sudden hindered by the Ghost's appearance.
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.
In the play after Hamlet has already confronted his mother and killed Polonius, he is confronted by the ghost who tells him to not hurt his mother. As their conversation takes place the Queen is unable to see the ghost of the late king Hamlet, and this can be seen when she states “And with th’ incorporal air do hold discourse” and “Whereon do you look?”(III.4), meaning Hamlet who are you arguing with. Thus showing that the ghost of the late king can be only seen by Hamlet. Which can be seen when Hamlet tells his mother to see “how pale he glares” while pointing to his father and says “Do you see nothing there”
And for my soul, what can it do to that, being a thing immortal as itself”? (1.4 71-74) With this Hamlet is saying that he almost sets no value to his own life, and he doesn’t think this ghost could cause any harm to his soul. With saying that, Horatio and the guards reluctantly let Hamlet leave with the ghost. Once they were alone the ghost revealed to him that he himself was Hamlets father, and was murdered by his brother Claudius whom which was now king. This `encounter of the ghost is what really stirred up things.
These characters are Ophelia and Hamlet. The difference of their madness is that Ophelia was truly insane while Hamlet only was pretending to be mad. Hamlet was more depressed than mad since he is faking madness to get to his objective which is revenge but got delayed by his mental illness. For example, Hamlet states, “Out of my weakness and my melancholy, /As he is very potent with such spirits, /Abuses me to damn me. I'll have grounds / More relative than this.
Motifs of metadrama in Hamlet can be described as revenge, identity, and self-reflection, because the devastating events in his life. Depress can be used to relate to describe the murder of his father, and his brother marrying his wife. In Act I scene ii Shakespeare took a play from “The Murder of Gonzago”, to demonstrate the intensity between his mother and him: “ “ Seem,” Madam ? Nay, it is - Nor customary suits of forced breath, - together with all forms, moods, shade of grief-”. Hamlet become down and ignores his mother when she worry about why his grief seem so important.
If Hamlet had just acted, Claudius would have died and gone to hell. Even if Hamlet killed Claudius after he got up from the play, Hamlet would have survived. William Shakespeare intentionally made Hamlet not willing to act in order to show how human he is. Hamlet grieves for his father and sees all the wrong in the play. Hamlet is scared of death, but also is very depressed in life.
Hamlet states, “ The spirit that I have seen, may be the devil, and the devil hath power, T’ assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps, out of my weakness and my melancholy, as he is very potent with such spirits, abuses me to damn me” (II.ii.627-632). The ghost resembles his father and leaves Hamlet confused and concerned. From the quote in the play, Hamlet believes that the ghost could possibly be the devil trying to persuade him into evil to continue his suffering. He also believes the ghost is targeting him because of his suffering; making him more vulnerable to evil. After numerous interactions between Hamlet and the ghost, the ghost reveals that he is Hamlet’s father.