Williams Shakespeare is recognized as the greatest English writer. One of his best works ever written is “Hamlet”, which is the most complex, confusing, and frequently performed play. The extreme complexity of the main character – prince Hamlet in this play contributes to its popularity until today. “Hamlet is supposedly the most quoted figure in Western culture after Jesus, maybe the most charismatic too” (Bloom 384). In the most famous revenge tragedy, his biggest weakness that he procrastinates completing his revenge for his father’s death by killing the murderer.
Though we see nothing of the elder Hamlet on the stage, except his ghost, he really is the main-drive of all the action of the play. It was the desire to regain his crown that had obliged Claudius the murder, and it is almost a duty of Hamlet to his father that urges him to his revenge upon the king. This conflict, then, of the murderer and the avenger of the elder Hamlet constitutes the main plot of the play, and from this grows the entire narrative. There are many scenes in the play where it shows that the elder Hamlet was very different compared to Claudius, his brother.
Jordan Johnson Ms. Beaudion 2/10/15 Hamlet Literary Analysis Conflicting Personalities In the play “Hamlet”, written by William Shakespeare, King Claudius and his step son Hamlet had a great amount of tension between each other. Most of the tension was brought from Hamlet.
The “Tragedy of Hamlet”, Prince of Denmark, is a tragedy written by greatest writer William Shakespeare, also the playwright of his legendary plays “The Tragedy of Macbeth” and “Romeo and Juliet”. In the play, there is a palpable connection between their target audience and dramatic works. A speech presented by King Claudius in Act 4, scene 5; is a perfect example of this relationship. In the speech, it showed how Claudius was trying to earn the sympathy of the audience, but instead, he gained antipathy. The modern-day audience had a completely different outcome because of present-day cultural, social, and economical perception.
Words are the greatest poison. They enter through the ear and deteriorate the deepest regions of their victims mind, subjecting them to a prolonged period of intense mental/emotional suffering. In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, this is especially true, as it is a story of familial betrayal and revenge. The poison in this tragedy literally is the poison that is poured into Old Hamlet’s ear by Claudius, but the greater poison is that which is exchanged through words among characters throughout the play. Hamlet is the one most afflicted by this poison as he is the prince of Denmark, the son of Old Hamlet, and is closely involved with developments in Elsinore.
Hamlet uses an analogy to compare his father to Claudius by saying, “so excellent a king, that was to this hyperion to a satyr.” (1.2.139-140) He describes how his father is as superior to his uncle as a god is to a beast. Hamlet's inability to differentiate between reason and emotion shows when he shares his biased comparison of his father to a god and of Claudius to a satyr. He has already developed strong emotions toward Claudius after he and Gertrude married not nearly two months after King Hamlet's death.
Although William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Disney’s Lion King share many similarities, there are also many differences between them. Hamlet is a play about a character's struggles with the opposing forces of moral integrity and the need to avenge his father's murder whereas the Lion King is a movie with a “happily ever after” and a young cub, Simba, who struggles against himself and reality. The Lion King’s similarities to Hamlet are not coincidental, but it is not truly based on Hamlet. The Lion King is loosely based on Hamlet; the differences between the two exceed the similarities.
Claudius, as seen in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, is both intelligent and clever, two traits that, put together, complement his manipulative and dangerous nature. Due to his cunning nature he portrays the role of a very complex villain. The death of King Hamlet by Claudius results in Prince Hamlet to act out of character, which thus resulted in the tragic death of Polonius and Ophelia. While Hamlet and Gertrude were having conversation, Polonius was hiding behind the huge carpet that was hanging on the wall. Unknowingly, Hamlet stabs Polonius.
For numerous years in the past, women always play a smaller role in society politically, economically, and socially than men do. This was a norm for everyone living during that time period; everything that people do was reflect by it, including the literature written. In William Shakespeare 's Hamlet, the roles of women are just as society would have displayed them during that time. The leading women, Gertrude and Ophelia, are seen as less valuable than men and insignificant because of their dependence on male authorities, obedience, and are easily manipulated by others throughout the play.
Character deception is a common characteristic that has and will be a reflecting characteristic in literature for centuries. In many of William Shakespeare’s tragedies, deception, whether positive or negative, is being used to mislead, to protect characters, or to hide a crime or future crime. Analyzing why the characters are using deception against each other is very important to the reader’s understanding of the work as a whole. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, He uses Hamlet’s deception of character and also the character’s use of deception towards Hamlet to carry out the overall theme of the tragedy. The theme that is represented, is that in able to get malicious revenge, you must be able to act as if you are someone different than your true self while in turn, being able