Madness was a reoccurring theme throughout the play and these were the two characters which portrayed it more than others. In Act 3 Scene 1 Hamlet encounters Ophelia and calls her “fair”, creating a calm atmosphere. Later Hamlet rapidly changes his attitude, raging towards Ophelia and telling her “Get thee to a nunnery” implying he loved her once but now denies her love. Hamlet was acting mad in front of her in an aggressive manner and says “God hath given you one face and you make yourselves another”, Hamlet is suggesting that all women are two faced. Hamlet finds out that this was a setup of Claudius and Polonius to spy on him, so they can find out if he is truly mad.
Have you ever fallen in love with someone who has no interest in you and doesn’t love you back? Did that person suddenly start loving you out of nowhere? In A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, Helena’s hunger for love brings out a desperate side in her and takes her through interesting adventures with love. One can infer that Helena is hurt by love when she reacts to love in a foolish manner and remains skeptical about it even at the end of the play. The strong effects of love makes Helena a bit foolish and blind in the ways she reacts to it.
While she has internalised the social convention that man ought to do the wooing to the passive female, she does the exact opposite of what she says because of Demetrius’ “wrongs”. He has, prior to the play, proved to be disloyal towards her while she remains faithful and woos him to fix their relationship therefore subverting the gender roles. Like her other female counterparts in the play, Helena’s love becomes the stimulant for the chaos she creates. To Alexander Leggatt, the lovers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream are so “deeply embedded in the experience of love that they are unaware of convention”, rather than being unaware, they are conscientiously fighting the conventions on the grounds of love, for their love to achieve what they desire (Legatt
In the play Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s use of stylized language promotes a deeper understanding of Juliet’s struggle with her conflicting feelings for Romeo. Specifically, she shows her adversity through her monologue of paradox. In this scene, her nurse confesses to Juliet that Romeo, her beloved husband, has killed Tybalt, her kinsman. This leaves Juliet conflicted; she doesn’t know what to do, how to act, or who to choose. This passage is important because it not only shows that Juliet is confused about her feelings for Romeo, but also that she feels as though she is a victim of deceit, and for one fleeting moment, is unsure of whether or not she can trust him.
Did Romeo feel that Rosaline was less of a challenge, seeing as she was not part of a main family, whereas Juliet would serve as a challenge, coming from the House of Capulet? At first, he seems set on the beautiful Rosaline; a beautiful girl who just so happens to be Juliet’s distant cousin. Rosaline on the other hand, is very much against this idea, since she had sworn off all men and basically treated Romeo like the dirt under her shoe. That did not dissuade Romeo; at the beginning of the play, we see him pining after her; complaining to his friend Mercutio about how she was playing
In Much Ado about Nothing, by William Shakespeare, Hero sacrifices her self-respect to maintain her reputation within her community, which helps to illuminate Shakespeare’s message about how forgiveness and compromise are essential in a healthy relationship. Despite this, Shakespeare uses Hero’s character to demonstrate a flaw in relationships, that both partners should be equally assertive and love each equally. Hero’s surprising decision to marry Claudio despite all the false accusations reflects her flat character. Ultimately, Hero can’t defend herself verbally, physically, or emotionally. She is not an assertive character.
Ophelia In Shakespeare’s Classic Hamlet Character=Ophelia -Daughter Of Chief Counselor To The King(Claudius)/Courtier Polonius -Brother of Laertes -Love Interest of Prince Hamlet -Noblewoman of Denmark Through William Shakespeare’s use of the literary devices of diction, syntax/sentence structure, and details, her naivety evinces itself and is gradually revealed through both her emotions, thoughts, actions, as well as her relationships with herself, her father (Polonius), her brother (Laertes), and her amour (Hamlet). Naivety can be described as a human being who is innocent, unsophisticated, and one who has a lack of wisdom, judgement, This flaw becomes increasingly evident as the story progresses. All of the serious complications that
Have you ever fallen in love with someone who has no interest in you and doesn’t love you back? Did that person suddenly start loving you out of nowhere? In A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, Helena’s hunger for love brings out a desperate side in her and takes her through interesting adventures with love. One can infer that love is hurtful by how Helena reacts to love in a foolish manner and remains skeptical about it even near the end of the play. The strong effects of love makes Helena a bit foolish and blind in the ways she reacts to it.
Love was hard for Helena in the beginning of the play because the person she loved did not love her back. Helena was in love with Demetrius, but he loved Hermia. When Helena followed him in the woods, he told her he did not love her and to stop following him (Shakespeare.2.1.173-174). She
This can be used as an example of irrational love that is not spell bound. Helena, who was once engaged to Demetrius, is still madly in love with him even though he is betroved to marry Hermia. He says horrible things to Helena like in Act 2, Scene 1, lines 218-219 Demetrius tells Helena, "Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit/ For I am sick when I do look on thee." Which means he hates her and is disgusted by her. This example is not the first insult thrown at Helena by Demetrius however this does not skew her love towards him as she says: Through Athens I am thought as fair as she.