The whole play of Hamlet by William Shakespeare is filled with relationships that either shape or influence Hamlets quest for vengeance and ultimately ends in tragedy. The romantic relationships in the play have a major impact and eventually leads to the death of all the central characters in them. The patriarchal power struggle at Elsinore leads to the death of the women and eventually Claudius ' and Hamlet 's as well. Hamlet is cunning, calculated and intelligent. His continuous puns, insinuations and theatrical behaviour could suggest that he is indeed acting mad in order to achieve vengeance for his father. Still his emotions controls him entirely, unlike Claudius who at all times when in front of the court behaves with composition and …show more content…
Ophelia also further strengthens Hamlet 's madness. His desperate and ludicrous confessions of not loving and loving her drives her away from him. It could be exactly his intention to do this in order to shield his beloved from what is about to happen. She does eventually becomes a puppet to unveil Hamlet 's madness, and pays with her life for it by drowning. Perhaps she is influenced by Hamlet 's madness and begins to see the appeal of his suicidal tendencies and ends her life. The figure of Ophelia is tragic one, she is the victim of a patriarchal power struggle, where they use her as a puppet to influence each other. Her father Polonius and brother Laertes strongly advice her to end her relationship with Hamlet, and she does what …show more content…
As Hamlet 's mother, and the widow of the late king Hamlet, Gertrude is also involved in some sort of deception. Because she keeps up the charade of the happily newly married queen and not the mourning widow she fuels the conflict in the story. She dies when she drinks the cup Claudius has poisoned, perhaps on purpose because she learns from Hamlet what Claudius has done. It could also be because of the pain and suffering she has inflicted on her child, however that seems unlikely when Claudius reacts to her drinking the poison. Because Claudius wants the duel of Laertes and Hamlet to end in Hamlet 's death, he no longer cares about Gertrude but only about himself. Gertrude is indeed involved in the conflict, because if she did recommend Hamlet to stay, rather than go to Wittenberg, and the whole conflict could have
Another factor is the constant psychological abusive behaviour by Hamlet towards Ophelia. An example of Hamlet’s mistreatment occurred when he insulted her by stating she is a hoar and telling her to, “…Get thee to a nunnery…"(Act 3 scene 1).Ophelia’s victimization represents the patriarchal oppression she experiences which causes her to lose her mind as Hamlets comments are, “…words like daggers …” (Shakespeare).to her mental state. Lastly, the final instance which significantly impacts her mental well-being is the sudden death of her beloved father.
Hamlet could have grieved properly and not have been tempted to murder if society at the time had been more accepting of men’s emotional health. It was Hamlet’s support system and society that had failed him, he was definitely justified to act hysterically. Although Ophelia had the best intentions, she abandoned Hamlet when he needed support and obeyed her father instead. POLONIUS “[…] I would not, in plain terms, from this time forth Have you so slander any moment leisure
Unfortunately for her, the affection that hamlet had been providing her was misleading and as Hamlet spirals into madness, Hamlet’s true thoughts and intentions are revealed. Hamlet did in fact once loved her but his disgust towards the disloyalty of women explains that he does not anymore. Ophelia’s life ends in a tragic demise as she climbed up a willow tree when the branch suddenly broke
In the Tragedy of Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, some of the most significant events are mental or psychological events that make the audience feel and have an emotional connection with the characters. These significant events can be awakenings, discoveries, and changes in consciousness that set off a mental or psychological effect to the readers. The author, Shakespeare, gives these internal events to characters such as Ophelia, Gertrude, and Hamlet throughout the play to give the sense of excitement, suspense, and climax usually associated with external action. Ophelia is the daughter of Polonius and the sister of Laertes who both tell her to stop seeing Hamlet. To Polonius, Ophelia is an eternal virgin who is going to be a dutiful
Hamlet is not justified by treating Gertrude the way he did. Gertrude said that Hamlet has offended his new stepfather by the play that he put on (to find out if Claudius actually did kill the king). After Hamlet hears that his mother is not proud by the way he has been acting Hamlet just goes off on her. Hamlet then says that his mother has offended his real father (King Hamlet) and completely intimidates her. Then Hamlet accuses Gertrude of lustfulness and his mother starts crying and begs him to go.
Hamlet once again fails to understand that Ophelia much like himself is only trying to stay loyal to her father, much like what he is doing himself. In addition, Hamlet blames woman for giving birth to such evil and deceiving men like Claudius and himself. When he was talking to Ophelia he told her "Get thee to a nunnery. Why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest, but yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better
Her dilemma of having to choose one man over the other is driving her to insanity because she can’t pick just one of them. Certainly she loves both of them or at least that’s what she thought, but Hamlet’s father is her true love while Claudius is the brother of her husband that just so happened to become king after his brother died. In short, she doesn’t know her true feelings for either person. Gertrude feels confused and overwhelmed by everything that just unfolded in front of her. It causes her an undesirable grief that she shouldn’t have had to deal
Was Gertrude involved with Claudius, the current king of Denmark, and his plot to kill the former king/husband? (Hamlet's father). It is definitely a very good possibility considering how quickly Queen Gertrude hurried and married Hamlet’s uncle, who is now the current king of denmark. Things could have happened in so many different ways that it just was not told during the story, so could gertrude been apart of the kings plot? Yes she could have been part of his plan to murder her own husband who is also the father of Hamlet.
Over the course of Hamlet, many of the main characters engage in role play as a mechanism to achieve their own interests. Prince Hamlet is one of these characters, and his act proves to be one of the most important aspects of the play. Throughout the play, role-play (especially Hamlet’s) significantly affects the plot, and ultimately strains the relationships between several characters. Hamlet is among one of the most important characters to engage in role play. In act one, scene 5, shortly after being told that Claudius killed his father, Hamlet tells Horatio and Marcellus that he plans to feign madness, and he says, “As I, perchance, hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition
Throughout the play, Ophelia acts as a very honest person in the beginning, willing to tell Laertes and Polonius anything. She then receives mistreated love from Hamlet that leads her to drowning herself in a river. The true face and actions from Ophelia, Laertes, Polonius, Queen Gertrude, King Claudius, and particularly Hamlet lead to their deaths. The end result leads to unfortunate events, including death. The love throughout the kingdom of Denmark becomes toxic, killing all who lives
Later on, Hamlet was talking to ophelia and she was wearing a microphone and Hamlet found out, so she got upset and he got extremely livid about it. Afterwards, Polonius dies because hamlet shot him and Ophelia starts losing her mind. She wasn't mentally stable. On the whole Ophelia’s emotions were very different, she could go to being very calm to being very mad to being
Hamlet does not value Ophelia 's feelings he belittles her. In Hamlets defense this is the way he was brought up to treat women, during that time this was a common way to treat a women. Even though in today 's society it is not at all ok to treat women with such disrespect. He also likes for everything to go as planned and this may result in why he can not have a stable relationship with a woman. This also causes him to have many stumbling blocks in his life that causes some emotional pain
One of the components that may have been the underlying reason for the inconvenience Ophelia wound up in toward the end of the play might be her magnificence. This is portrayed in III, I, 6-7 when Hamlet says, "/that on the off chance that you be straightforward and reasonable,/ought to concede no talk to your excellence. " Her magnificence is the reason Hamlet first became hopelessly enamored with her, the reason her dad, Polonius, could control her emotions toward Hamlet. Her dad needed this control over her affection either for progression inside the court through picking up the support of the ruler, or, if one somehow happened to think all the more hopefully, maybe Polonius' objective was just to shield her from Hamlet who, he accepted,
Ophelia stops loving Hamlet when her brother and father told her. Also, the news that Hamlet turned into a mad person weakened her more. Her father's death makes her more insane. Ophelia kills herself because she could not take the death of her father being killed by her love. And Hamlet asked her to become a nun which weakened her and eventually made her kill herself.
In his treatment of Ophelia, Hamlet oscillates between undying love and cruelty as reflected in his cold and accusing speech. In short, Hamlet throughout the play uses Ophelia as a tool in his revenge plan. As the Hamlet not being accused by his tragedy plan, but from what he has done, has ultimately played a role that impacted the most to Ophelia. In Hamlet, when Laertes learns of the death of his sister Ophelia, he weeps in sorrow along with genuine feeling, but