In order for Hamlet to find out if his Uncle has really killed his father, he came up with a play called “The Mousetrap”, this play was popular during that time which is related to how his father was dead. He said to Horatio, “ Observe mine uncle. If his occulted guilt. Do not itself unkennel in one speech, It is a damnèd ghost that we have seen, And my imaginations are as foul.” Hamlet uses the play to find if his uncle really kills his dad before he takes any actions.
His actions of insanity are a distraction to trap the king into revealing his guilt to eliminating Hamlet’s father. He has clearly thought of this plan and is acting it out intricately proving he is thinking and not acting on an impulse. Hamlet then creates a play, The Murder of Gonzago, in order to catch the attention of his father’s murderer. Hamlet’s claim is “the play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king”(II.ii.632-634). He has written out how Claudius actually killed the king in hopes to stir discomfort within the Claudius’ conscience to show everyone that Claudius is a cold blooded killer.
What is my purpose? In the plays Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, this is the question the main question the protagonist 's struggle to answer. The question the Hamlet asks is “To be, or not to be” (57 Shakespeare), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern ask, “would you rather be alive or dead?” (Stoppard); these are the same question asked in different ways because the characters struggle to find a purpose in life. In the end Hamlet’s purpose is to avenge his father 's death, which he does; and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s purpose is to serve the king and then die on the ship.
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
Hamlet’s Internal Dilemma: When Do I Kill My Uncle? When murder is the subject of one’s contemplation, decision-making can be difficult. In the passage “Now might I do it pat, now he is praying … This physic but prolongs thy sickly days” (III. iii.
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). In addition, when they enter the court party, Hamlet tells Horatio that "I must be idle," meaning he is trying to feign his madness. He also confesses to his mother that "I essentially am not in madness, but mad in craft" (Shakespeare). For Hamlet, he had to pretend to be mad in order to plan and execute his revenge against Claudia. Hamlet’s madness played an important role in the play because he later on became insane after he had feigned his insanity.
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.
This moment is important because, at this time, Hamlet realizes that he is now obliged to kill his uncle so that he can revenge his father's death. As we can see, after the play, Hamlet follows Claudius and decides to punish him in the more strict way instead of just kill
The play within a play in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” Act III, Scene II is a literary device used to give a twist to the plot, and create suspense. However, in a closer examination it is also an early example of a metaplay employed by Shakespeare in order to engage the audience with more complex notions, such as the idea of reality and deception. Hamlet is determined to avenge for the death of his father and fulfill the request of his father’s Ghost. But uncertainty and indecision prevent Hamlet from acting spontaneously.
Hamlet’s first plan of revenge included a play called The Mousetrap, which was shown for Hamlet to confirm Claudius’ guilt. Once his speculations are reassured by Claudius’ reaction, his plans continue in serving justice to his father. Hamlet’s determination to seek revenge on Claudius is what primarily disrupts the peace in the kingdom and steers the plot to its drastic end. In the same way, the death of Laertes’ family causes him to lash out and seek vengeance toward Hamlet. The death Laertes’ father, Polonius, causes him to return home, demanding answers for the crime.
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” (Steinbeck, “Travels with Charley: In Search of America”) In other words, nothing can be appreciated without understanding its negative half. In this play by Shakespeare, Hamlet is indecisive and goes through a variety of problems in his quest for revenge.
Hamlet Was No Tragic Hero As written and performed by many Greek stories, a tragic hero is an archetype that many apply to the play Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare. In the play, the character Hamlet is on a mission to avenge the death of his father by killing his uncle, Claudius. This eventually leads him down a road he doesn’t want to be on and tragically dies in the end, along with claudius, his mother, Gertrude, and his dead ex girlfriend's brother, Laertes.
MADNESS, MOTIVATION, AND MORALITY: A MEDITATION ON CLAUDIUS’ POWER Aside from the governmental state of affairs that Hamlet is performed in, the play is inherently political in the relationships Shakespeare forges between the characters. Writer and scholar, Stefan Collini, defines politics as “the important, inescapable, and difficult attempt to determine relations of power in a given space.” These “relations of power” can be thought of as distributions, in which certain parties occupy more of the limited resource than others. The space of Hamlet revolves around the monarchy of Denmark, and the “important [and] inescapable” skewed distribution of power incites the conflict of this play.
One of Hamlet’s tragic flaws that leads to his ultimate downfall is his indecision. In Act II scene ii, Hamlet’s soliloquy reveals how much loathing he has for himself. He sees himself as weak and useless for not avenging his father’s death after the spirit of King Hamlet discloses the information of his murder. Hamlet calls himself a coward because he does not have nearly as much passion for his deceased father as the actor does for Hecuba, a fictional character that the player does not even know. However, Hamlet convinces himself that he has a reason for not immediately killing Claudius.
Corruption in Hamlet and 1984 Comparing William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet to George Orwell’s novel 1984 may seem like a difficult task on the surface, however, through further analysis, the theme of corruption links these two texts together. Corruption: dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power. In both Hamlet and 1984, the protagonists desire to overcome corruption inevitably leads to their downfall. In society today, people are entitled to their own thoughts.