Hamlet sees his father, King Hamlet's ghost, who informs Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius, Hamlet's uncle. In frustration, Hamlet then undertakes the task to avenge his father's murderer. Emotions holds the greatest power in Hamlet, the tragedy. The reasons being is that Hamlet takes revenge on his uncle, Ophelia commits suicide as a result of her father's death, and both Laertes and Hamlet show their affection for the deceased
The ghost said to him “revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” the ghost of the old king wanted Hamlet to seek revenge on claudius for his ‘unnatural” murder of the kind. Hamlet at first was a little bit weary of the ghost but when the ghost told Hamlet that he was stuck in purgatory until revenge was sought out, hamlet was on board. Hamlet adored his father so when the ghost asked him to seek revenge, and when it told him to murder claudius it's all he focuses on for the majority of the novel. The effect seeking justice had on Hamlet was profound. He became obsessed with finding a proper way to kill the king.
Claudius approaches Hamlet asking him why he can’t get over his father's death(1.2.64-164). Hamlet asks Laertes why he is exaggerating over the death of Ophelia(5.1.267-276). Also, Claudius and Hamlet both kill a King, King Hamlet is killed by Claudius while Hamlet kills Claudius. The first difference is noted when Claudius is curious about Hamlet’s mourning because he is scared that Hamlet will take revenge on him. Hamlet then asked this question to Laertes because he is mad about Laertes’mourning.
Additionally, in scene two act III the scene that may have any effect on the direction of the play is the introduction of the Ghost appearing to Hamlet and telling him that Claudius his uncle and brother to his father killed the king father to Hamlet and asks him to revenge his death. This makes Hamlet to distrust almost everybody around him except Horatio his close friend. From the scene, Rosencrantz asks “Good my lord, what is your cause of distemper? you 338 do, surely, bar the door upon your own liberty, if you deny your griefs to your friend.”. Hamlet “340 Sir, I lack advancement.” and Rosencrantz wonders “How can that be, when you have the voice of the king himself for your succession in Denmark?” (2.3.
In the passage, Act 3 Scene 4 lines 54-88, Shakespeare uses compare and contrast, repetition, and many rhetorical questions to express the feeling Hamlet has towards his mother. These devices help to give off a tone of anger and disbelief, with a dash of mockery. Shakespeare has Hamlet compare and contrast between the late king’s photo and the current king’s photo. The details used to explain his father is completely positive while when he explains his uncle’s photo the description is negative. Hamlet portrays his father to be have many characteristics of a God, “Hyperion’s curls, the front of Jove himself,/ An eye like Mars to threaten and command,/ A station like the herald Mercury” (57-59) while his uncle, Polonius, is described, “like a mildewed ear” (65).
Each protagonist future’s changed as they both lose those who were close to them. King Hamlet when he was still alive and after death influenced Hamlet as his father. The path of revenge that Hamlet followed was opened for him by the ghost of the King. They had a meeting with valuable information on how there was foul play involved with Uncle Claudius. Now knowing that
One of the most prominent external conflicts Hamlet faces is man versus man, or Hamlet versus Claudius. Throughout Hamlet, Hamlet’s overall goal was to avenge his father’s death by killing Claudius, his uncle, for not only taking the throne but also for marrying his mother. Even after that throughout the play to cover up Hamlet’s intentions to kill Claudius, he begins to act insane, which in hopes people will dismiss him and suspect nothing. This also leads to Ophelia to become insane because the fact Hamlet acted like he did not love her. In the end Hamlet kills Claudius however, how he kills him is ironic because Claudius killed Hamlet’s father with poison and Claudius gets killed by his own poison.
Have you ever felt the desire to poison your brother? Murder a nephew? Marry a sister? Welcome to Hamlet, a classic tragedy written by Shakespeare where the significance of family in one’s sanity and reasoning logic is explored in dramaticized detail. Shakespeare makes his viewpoint overwhelmingly clear that he believes a strong family bond is crucial to keep a family sane through the examples of the Polonius and Hamlet families.
In Act 3, scene 1, Claudius tells Gertrude, “...leave us too / For we have closely sent for Hamlet hither, / That he, as ‘twere by accident, may here / Affront Ophelia” (Shakespeare 136). Claudius is aware of the fact that Hamlet has been sending Ophelia love letters, and that Ophelia only told Polonius about the letters “in obedience” (Shakespeare 94). Claudius willingly participates in a situation where two young people, who are struggling with their emotions for each other, will purposefully run into one another. Claudius does not care for how this interaction will affect Ophelia’s naive and sensitive emotions. He only uses her so that he can gain the information he so badly craves and needs from Hamlet.
Macbeth appears to be a kind, average cousin, when in reality he is the spawn of Satan and Lady Macbeth. How ironic. It’s ironic how the word non-hyphenated has a hyphen in it, how people say obesity “runs in the family”, how the College Board makes students pay to apply for financial aid. These are all examples of situational irony—”irony involving a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended, so that the outcome is contrary to what was expected” (“Situational Irony”). Shakespeare uses this type of irony on several occasions throughout Macbeth to further communicate the theme of the play.
Claudius also uses the word love many times. In the beginning of the play Hamlet is depressed about his father’s death and Claudius tells him “And with no less nobility of love Than that which dearest father bears his son Do I impart toward you” (Shakespeare 1.2.290). Claudius wants his love for Hamlet to replace the love Hamlet had for his father. If Claudius was successful in this then Hamlet would have a new commitment to him, instead of to his murdered father. When Shakespeare has different characters’ use the word love it changes the meaning of the word, helping to show the meaning of
To be, or not to be..." is the opening phrase of a soliloquy in the "Nunnery Scene" of William Shakespeare 's play Hamlet. In the speech, a despondent Prince Hamlet contemplates death and suicide. He bemoans the pains and unfairness of life but acknowledges the alternative might be still worse. The speech functions within the play to explain Hamlet 's hesitation to directly and immediately avenge his father 's murder (discovered in Act I) on his uncle, stepfather, and new king Claudius. Claudius and his minister Polonius are preparing to eavesdrop on Hamlet 's interaction with