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 to die.
Claiming that he never truly did love her and proving that her father was right about him, “You should not have believ’d me, for virtue cannot/ so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it/ i lov’d you not.” (3.1.117-19) Hamlet’s motives for doing this could be to keep Ophelia out of everything and to not bring her anymore pain if anything was to happen to him as he went through with his plans. It could also be that he is still acting out as the anger/sadden son and that he needs to keep up with the act of seeming crazy to the onlookers. This action also connects to multiple other hasty and rash doings by hamlet that in a way is cutting of ties to his “old life” before he was visited by his father’s ghost and that thinking to himself, that if he’s going to succeed after everything he’s already done, he’ll need to cut ties to anybody that he could at one point had attachments to. There are hints in the line that Hamlet says to Ophelia after saying they need to make themselves clean of this relationship and cut all ties they had with each other from the past.
He told the guards who originally told him about his father’s ghost to swear not to tell anyone and to disregard his behavior as he was going to intentionally act crazy in order make himself seem unstable and put Claudius on edge in order to discover the truth. “How strange or odd some 'er I bear
Like one of the reason, we betray people is to protect someone or yourself. In Hamlet, Shakespeare reveals that betrayal is hopeless because of it a domino effect. That means it keeps happening over and over again. For instance, in the play, Claudius had to betray his brother because he wanted to take Hamlet father 's throne. In this quote, “Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast, With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts- So to seduce!- won to his shameful lust, The will of my most seeming- virtuous queen.”
Hamlet's insane behavior is a significant part of the story because it is supposedly part of his revenge plan, but also because of the additional problems, it creates. Some have argued that his madness was indeed an act, but rather real madness that he was trying to cover up by telling people
He acted so crazy that he started blaming everyone else, and almost forgot about his anger towards Claudius. He acted so crazy towards the Queen, Ophelia and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that he ended up hurting those people’s emotions, which led to Ophelia’s suicide as well. Hamlet showed us how not to live by not being himself. He may have wanted to kill Claudius and had all of the evidence to do so but acting like he was crazy was not who he was. This led to his tragic flaw which was his indecisiveness to kill Claudius when he had the chance.
He did not want anyone knowing about his encounter with his father’s ghost. This shows that Hamlet can not be acting mad. He believes that one should not perform a role, but actually become the person they are pretending to be. This shows in his stunt when instead of pretending to be mad, he becomes mad in all
Hamlet wants to believe that the ghost was actually his father, but he begins to fear that it was an evil spirit trying to lead him away from his beliefs. “The spirit that I have seen may be a devil...abuses to damn me,” (2.2.610-614). This questioning leads to Hamlet wondering if Claudius really is guilty or if it is just the evil force trying to convince him to commit a sin. In order to prove Claudius’ guilt, Hamlet asks an acting troupe to perform a modified play in order to get a designed reaction, “I’ll have these players play something like the murder of my father before mine uncle, I’ll observe his looks...the play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King,” (2.2.606-617). Hamlet chose the play “The Murder of Gonzago” and made alterations to the script in order to draw a specific response from Claudius.
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.
Hamlet is presented with several opportunities to pursue his vengeance, but delays each time for multiple reasons in which reveal his true nature. There are many reasons Hamlet restrains from killing Claudius. Firstly, Hamlet does not know whether the ghost should be believed or if it is just the devil in disguise trying to trick him. This is a valid reason because if the ghost is the devil, then Hamlet’s soul will be damned to the Hell. Hamlet’s
Q: Why Hamlet refuse to tell them where he hide Polonius’s body? A: Hamlet refuses to tell them where Polonius’s body because first of all, it will make them believe he is crazy. Only crazy people will do things like that, so he is acting to show others that he does lose his mind. He doesn’t mean to kill Polonius.
Hamlet’s intelligence is shown when he does not blindly listen to what the ghost said “Hamlet is aware of the unreliability of otherworldly apparitions and consequently reluctant to heed the ghost’s injunction to perform an action that to him seems objectively evil.” [Foster 2], and instead makes his own plan to see if Claudius is truly guilty of murder because. Hamlet plans to “...have these players / Play something like the murder of my father / Before mine uncle. I’ll observe his looks” [Shakespeare II, ii, 596-598], and see how his uncle reacts to the play , which is like the murder of King Hamlet because “Hamlet believes that he must have greater certitude of Claudius’s guilt if he is to take action.” [Foster 2] he does not rush into anything without analyzing the facts that he has, and checking to see if they are true.
The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark is authored by William Shakespeare, a seventeenth century playwright and poet known for his plays. It is a elaborate and full story with sympathetic and abhorrent characters the audience can understand all too well. It entails elements of betrayal, loyalty and inaction. The Lion King is a Disney movie with general plot of Hamlet where, a king is murdered for his throne. While the Lion King has some character and plot resemblances, its differences is what marks the gap between a children's movie to a richly told story.
Since the earliest of times, there has always been debate over the concepts of fate and free will. The most frequent dispute is whether or not man truly has free will, or if fate is the ultimate determinant of how one's life will turn out. One play that depicts this concept is Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. In this tragedy, Oedipus receives a prophecy that he would bed his mother and murder his father. After learning of this prophecy, Oedipus attempts to undo fate and utilize his free will to escape what would be his destiny.
It is tough for an individual to suddenly fight for their possession even though they have no intention in it in the first place. But when one is compels to respond to a sudden event, it can pressure that individual to build the intention of committing the act but not have the courage to physically act. In the play Hamlet, Shakespeare suggested that individuals who are pressured to restore possession can cause them to procrastinate. In the play Hamlet, Hamlet Jr. first experienced pressure when he found out about his father death.