Hamlet faces many problems because of his own character and actions or decision that he takes. Hamlet was sent to England with his friends where Polonius had a plan to kill him. This is a physical trap in which his own actions drags him into the death. Claudius says, “By letters congruent to the effect, The present death of Hamlet. Do it, England, for like the hectic in my blood he rages, and thou must cure me” (Hamlet 4.4.73-76).
Gradually, he will come to question if the ghost he saw was truly his father, or some other malicious apparition. “Hamlet’s mood shifts from self-loathing to a determination to subdue passion and follow reason, applying this to the testing of the Ghost and his uncle with the play,” (Allan). Ultimately, this question leads Hamlet to find the proper motivation to use the performers and play within a play to “catch the conscience of the king”. This will be his self pep talk to carry out a plan in order to determine the true guilt of his step
Murder and death are the driving forces to one character’s motives. In The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare, a play about a young prince, Hamlet, whose father is murdered prior and the trials of confirming who the killer is, go wary after a play sparks the new King’s attention. Hamlet is in and out of a grievous time trying to understand his father’s death while not a single soul mourns the loss. Power is what consumes King Claudius as he plots for Hamlet’s death with unexpected deaths to follow. Hamlet is consistently perceived as insane for trying to grief his father and avenge him.
Polonius falsely believes that “the origin and commencement of Hamlet’s grief sprung from neglected love.” (Act 3 Scene 1, Lines 177-178) Claudius believes the lies Polonius speaks which explains the varied perceptions each character has of Hamlet’s behaviour: Gertrude doesn’t want to believe that Hamlet is mad, Claudius is legitimately concerned for Hamlet, and Polonius is enraged by Hamlet’s advancements towards Ophelia. When Claudius inevitably observes Hamlet’s play that outlines his sins, he, out of sheer guilt decides to send Hamlet to England with two spies to “vent his madness” and preserve his own reputation as
It is obvious, and reasonable, that these occurrences would drive Hamlet to insanity. This madness can be further supported by Hamlet’s actions throughout the play. He is known to have “contradictory moods and warring passions (Poison, Play, and Duel).” His soliloquies constantly challenge each other. For example, in his famous soliloquy “To Be Or Not To Be,” Hamlet
In the play Hamlet, we are introduced to Hamlet’s character who stumbles upon the Ghost of his father and swears to avenge his father’s murderer. Shakespeare uses the character, Hamlet, to illustrate the theme of madness. Due to the chain of events that has occurred in Denmark, it is proven that these events drive Hamlet towards insanity. As the play progresses, Hamlet has starts transitioning into a mad person through his act of madness. By the end of the play, Hamlet’s state of mind has gone out of control.
The Human Frailty’’ is concerned with the new aspirations that appeared during the Renaissance era that often showed how an individual is shaped by his weakness such as the uncontrolled ambition, passion and the limitless need to know, to rule, to have revenge or to love. Such ideas occupied the minds of many playwrights at that time. This paper is mainly concerned with the treatment of these ideas in William Shakespeare’s King Lear, it has been chosen because it represents the emergence of human weakness during that conflicting period leading man to his downfall, the embodiment of tyrannical power, King Lear is a tragedy of a protagonist who falls because of his weakness. In King Lear, the main idea is how a man of a royal position foolishly
Hamlet Hamlet is a tragedy play written by William Shakespeare. It is a play that involves numerous deaths. Hamlet is the main character in the play and he is depicted as an insane person. Hamlet faked his madness so as to confuse Claudius and his assistants in order to find the truth about the death of his father. 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).
“Conscience does make cowards of us all” (3.1.83) - a phrase that describes perfectly Hamlet’s elusiveness to take on, and eventually complete the dreadful task of vengeance. William Shakespeare’s eponymous tragedy Hamlet brings forward an essentially puzzling character that orbits perpetually in uncertainty and ambivalence regarding his actions. Always on the edge of self-destruction and madness, his procrastination has become an essential facet of the play’s outcome, and as Andrew Cutrofello points out: “the only thing Hamlet is incapable of doing resolutely is killing the man who murdered his father and married his mother” (2014: 19). Although it is simply a matter of passing from reflection to reaction, it seems that Hamlet’s
William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, is a tragic story about the struggles of a prince named Hamlet who seeks to avenge his father’s death. Hamlet is so determined to sabotage his uncle, who has taken his father’s crown and is responsible for the crime, that Hamlet himself increasingly becomes insane. Family bonds and friendships are broken as death begins to claim their loved ones and vengeance becomes the primary mindset of the characters. As the play progresses, three prominent themes of death, revenge, and madness drive the plot to its wretched end. Death is the most obvious and reoccurring theme displayed in Hamlet beginning with the death of King Hamlet.