The play of Hamlet by William Shakespeare is full of many acts of betrayal. One such of these acts is when Hamlet goes against the wishes of his father’s ghost and debates on whether or not he should kill Claudius. Not only this but he also is extremely cruel to his mother and hurts her feelings which were also against the wishes of the ghost. He wanted Hamlet to avenge his death without hurting others along the way and almost everything Hamlet did in the play went against that. Hamlet’s first act of betrayal against the ghost of his father is one that stretches throughout the entire book.
While Hamlet is hesitant Laertes is brash and impulsive. He even states that in his confrontation with King Claudius “Let come what comes, only I 'll be revenged Most thoroughly for my father.” (4.5.148-154) Laertes does not do much thinking when it comes to avenging his father. The opposite is said about Hamlet who spends too much time contemplating whether he should avenge his father. They both were in the same situation but went about it very differently. In the final confrontation between Claudius, Laertes and Hamlet their colliding motives leads to the death of each person.
His conscience was aligned with his religious beliefs which got in the way of allowing him to act on his thoughts. This sparked an inner conflict in Hamlet about what to do. When Hamlet was first told by the ghost to kill King Claudius, Hamlet overthinks the decision on throughout the book. Hamlet knows his conscience driven mind will prevent him from acting on his instincs to kill Claudius. “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all” (3.1.87) Hamlet is angry with himself that he has let his conscience come in the way.
His entire persona is that of a deceitful nature. The plan that Hamlet hatched in order avenge his father was to appear mad, trick people into thinking he had lost in mind since he believes it would assist him with his investigation of Claudius. Hamlet is not in denial of this, he describes, “I am myself indifferent honest, but yet I could accuse me of such things that were better my mother had not borne me: I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious, with more offenses at my beck than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in.” (3.1.122-126) So though it is ironic that Hamlet is so enraged about the dishonesty and disingenuity of those around him, he admittedly takes part in the illusions which repulse him so. From his own calculation, no one is worth believing or trusting, even people shown to be moral or ethical, concluding it is all just a front or mask of sorts. In Ophelia’s case is is a
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
Perhaps this is why Hamlet feigns madness; he realizes that he lacks the emotions to avenge his father 's death. Indeed, Hamlet does go temporarily insane in Act I, scene ii, and it is during this time when he is able to act out of pure sensation, with no thoughts about the consequences of what he says or does (e.g. when he undeservingly criticizes Ophelia). However, in uniting his emotions and reason, Hamlet is careful to avoid the temptation to commit suicide because if one commits suicide to escape life 's pain, then one is damned to eternal suffering in hell. To Hamlet (and most other people of the 1600s), suicide is morally wrong.
Hamlet could have caused Ophelia emotional agony due to their relationship ending or from killing her beloved father, which leads her to the action of killing Ledford 4 herself. Hamlet seems to be very complex and he may not be as deranged as Shakespeare makes everyone in the play to think he is. When readers think into detail about the way he could have possibly “mentally killed,” Ophelia or directed her to this spot in her life, we realize he is actually quite smart if it is part of his use of violence to seek revenge. Shakespeare constructs Hamlet to be a character that everyone can love and feel sorry for at times because we as readers can relate to him in some aspects. Obviously, Hamlet is one of the readers favorite characters and someone the readers can root for throughout the play.
Shakespearean villains, when they are major characters (like in most tragedies), have quite a few soliloquies, in which they describe their motivations to the audience, yet they are unable to resonate and the audience knows straightaway that this character is the villain and no matter what he says or does, he will remain so. In contrast, the hero is much more convincing and noble. For example, Claudius in Hamlet is moved to the murder of his brother by several temptations as he
Gladwell in his piece, David and Goliath Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, suggests people should use their negative situation to their advantage. He discusses this idea exemplifying people with dyslexia who used their unique abilities to their advantage when they struggled with reading and writing. Gladwell’s theory of overcoming difficult situations does not apply to Shakespeare 's character Hamlet because he is unwilling to overcome and improve, after his father’s death, leading to his ultimate downfall. At the beginning of Hamlet, King Hamlet has suspiciously died and his son, Hamlet is overcome by the death of his father, causing him to constantly grieve and not heal. Hamlet’s mother decides to remarry King Hamlet’s uncle, which Hamlet strongly disagrees with the marriage and views it as
(Shakespeare 3.4.11). However, Hamlet thought Claudius is behind the arras, so he kills him (Polonius) directly. After Polonius, the conflict between Gertrude and Hamlet became fiercer and Hamlet lost himself more. From the personal view, Polonius’s death is one of the victims in this revenge, but this is also what he deserves because he used to be the Old King’s councillor whereas he is helping Old King’s murder to hurt Old King’s son. He is smart but he is not loyal, therefore, he died in the right path.