Subsequently, he equips an artificial mask of madness at the beginning of the play in order to fulfill his father 's wishes. However, as the plot continues Hamlet is overcome by the grief sparked by the heinous events that allow Claudius hold the throne, the bloodthirsty task that faces him, and the reemergence of his Oedipal desires. Thus, Hamlet succumbs to a mental state of decay spearheaded by his artificial madness as he embodies the essence of insanity. Don Nardo delves into two critical layers of “truths” with regards to the title character Hamlet: the corrupted world, and solitude. These layers symbolize the walls that must be breached in order to invoke madness.
The common theme of revenge is portrayed throughout one of William Shakespeare’s most famous play’s known as Hamlet. In the story of Hamlet, there are multiple characters that could possibly take on the role of a villain, adding to many of the tragic and dramatic parts of the story. The most obvious evil character being Claudius, the King of Denmark and the brother of the former King of Denmark known as Hamlet’s father. Throughout the play, Claudius is driven by his evil-like qualities of greed, revenge, and dishonesty where we learn that he portrays the role of Prince Hamlet’s enemy. Claudius is a complex character who shows the perfect example of a “quintessential Shakespearean antagonist” (Claudius: Character Analysis, cliffnotes.com).
Considering Ophelia becomes completely insane from Hamlet’s denunciation of his love for her, Hamlet’s fortuitous murder of Polonius, and his abrasive confrontation with Gertrude. In addition, his actions even triggers Claudius to attempt to subdue him, but only end up in the death of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who fell victims to the destructive and bloody path Hamlet had carved to the throne. Undoubtedly, it is all these events that certainly personify the estranged heir, as both a diabolical, and covetous heir. As his willingness
Hamlet faces many problems in the play. The first problem he faces is King of Denmark which is his father died. In the play, Hamlet suffers from depression. The play Hamlet Is like a love triangle. A big topic in the play is incest, incest is a sexual activity with a close relative or family members.
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.
William Shakespeare’s titular character in the play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a young prince who is overwrought with grief after his father’s death. The king’s sudden death has a negative impact on Hamlet’s state of mind and psyche. Through Hamlet’s thoughts and soliloquies, the audience can see the main character’s obsession with spirituality, death, and mortality. Hamlet’s fixation on life after death causes his descent into madness. Because of this, spirituality, death, and mortality are the most important themes in Hamlet.
Macbeth himself, is one of the reasons for the tragic events that occurs throughout Shakespeare 's play, Macbeth. Macbeth is known to be a dreadful hero with a troublesome flaw; his flaw, which is ambition, affects him to eventually make poor decisions guided by Lady Macbeth and the witches, and, he is manipulated to secrete his conscience which ultimately leads hims to a path of destruction and to his own death. For instance, when the witches come to tell him his three prophecies, he is Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and will be the king hereafter, his ambition leads him to think that to be king, he must murder Duncan. He says, “My thoughts, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smothered in surmise and nothing is, but what is not” (1.3.151-154). Here Macbeth realises that what the witches have told him are still a fantasy, yet he starts to think about murdering the king to become king himself.
The audience is thrown into the heart of Denmark, torn by turmoil and suspicion after the late King’s death. Hamlet then embarks on an emotional journey to avenge his father’s murder and restore peace, but at the same time wrecks havoc on his own mind. Unable to cope with his problems, he falls into madness. Hamlet’s lover, Ophelia, is also driven mad by the conflicting emotions eventually causing her to commit suicide in order to escape the dangerous political situation. There is a continuous theme of madness and the causes of such a state in both characters, but while each display multiple examples of their own madness, the causes and results of their madness are different for both.
Although Macbeth has done some really bad deeds, he cannot be called a bad person out and out who goes on to achieve his ambitions without any consideration. He’s also a victim of the realization that there is no meaning as such in this world. This instability snatches his power to think and he gives in to his wife’s provoking speeches without providing any counter arguments to her. If he had any of his individuality left, he certainly must have had given some thought to her speeches but the lack of it shows his confusion. As soon as he joins the opposites foul and fair, he’s encountered by the weird (which is undefined because in the world of Macbeth nothing is normal).
Throughout a tragedy play readers suffer with the hero and feel sympathy for the hero but it does not happen with Richard II. So the play cannot be claim as a tragedy. From the point of view of Harold Bloom, it can be mentioned that Richard II is not a character of a real tragic hero because of its having lack of the qualities of a tragic hero. In the same way he is an incomplete politician also. We cannot justify him as a complete human being rather he can be stated as a helpless king who has declined for his stubborn nature.
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.
The story of Hamlet is all about his tragic journey through life. Throughout his journey he has to deal with the passing of his father and his mother's hasty remarriage to his uncle C laudius the dead king's brother. It is remarkable how one person can deal with the amount of betray he has had to deal with in his life. I can come to the conclusion that hamlet has depression, you are able to see this through his constant mood swings and lack of interaction with his family and so called friends. As a result of all the stress he is encountering he is slowly driving himself mad and many health problems can occur from this.
Hamlet's dichotomy can also be shown through Blake's poem ‘A Poison Tree'. The poem is made up of four quatrains illustrating the act of revenge, and can be seen as Hamlet's need to take revenge on Claudius. Since Hamlet is a spontaneous character but with a methodical approach, he represses his ability to take action until he is certain. This is similar to the poem as the person did not confront the problem ‘And I sunned it with smiles, And soft deceitful wiles.' The lexical choice ‘sunned' presents the image of a plant which has been nurtured, suggesting that the ‘smiles' have allowed a stronger hatred to develop. Likewise, the plural noun ‘wiles' shows a deceitful and manipulative approach which also adds to the desire to take revenge,
In Act I scene v, Hamlet, the titular hero of the of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, bemoans the vile corruption that has manifested “in this distracted globe” (Shakespeare, trans. 1986, 1.5.101-102) after discovering the heinous murder of his father. This is only the first of numerous catastrophes to transpire in Denmark. The most spiteful of these misfortunes is the death innocent Ophelia, lover of Hamlet and daughter of Polonius. Although her drowning may initially appear to be an accident, Ophelia has lost the desire the live after enduring several tribulations, most notably the sudden murder of her father.
In contrast, Hamlet's heroic journey is different from that of a traditional hero archetype, but his character is no different from that of any other hero. In Shakespeare's drama, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Hamlet is the son of a recently murdered king. In Hamlet's eyes his uncle is the prime suspect in this murder, and his mother is also suspected of adultery because she married his uncle no long after his father's death. Right away Hamlet introduced to this atrocity and is later confronted by the ghost of his father who explains, "I am thy father's spirit,/Doom'd for a certain term to walk the night, /And for the day confin'd to fast in fires,/... Revenge his foul and most unnatural murther" ( I. v. l. 14-16, 31).