Although many can argue his downfall is due to his lack of trust, selfish acts, or hesitant manner, they all have one quality in common: Hamlet goes mad, and his father is the one to blame. His downfall commenced from the very beginning, starting with his father’s dark and spiteful confession: “But know, thou noble youth, the serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown,” (1.5.39-41). In this scene, the Ghost takes advantage of his grieving son’s vulnerability, knowing that Hamlet will do or say anything in honor of his dead father. His strategic use of pathos in his long
There are several theories about why Hamlet delays in killing his Uncle, King Claudius. As the son of a murdered noble, Hamlet is obligated to avenge the death of his father. It’s a law, but he must first talk with god to ensure his safety in his journey and that taking vengeance will not send him straight to hell. The act is never performed until the end of the play. Quite some time after Hamlet discovered Claudius was his father 's killer.
When analyzing the disposition of each character, one can see that each is hiding behind a facade and puts on a mask to disguise their true identity. Each individual creates deception by spying, lying, and feigning to each other. Although the characters use their deception to seek out truth, it fails and leads to their own downfall. Amanda Mabillard, a Shakespeare specialist, explains that “deception can be destructive or benign; it can be practiced on others or, just as likely, self-inflicted.” Shakespeare attempts to use deception through Claudius and Hamlet to expose the truth yet proves that it only leads to destruction and demise. Although Hamlet is a major victim in the play, he commits deception as well as every other character.
Many tragic heroes holds pride as their primary cause to his downfall, but Hamlet’s hesitation throughout the play is his key weakness. During the play of The Murder of Gonzago schemed by Hamlet to confirm Claudius’s act of crime, himself was overwhelmed by self-contempt and guilt. Hamlet blames himself for just standing around cursing like a whore, and urges to seek revenge by heaven and hell. After the performance, Hamlet observes Claudius and found him guilty and prays for forgiveness. But Hamlet give up the good opportunity of killing Claudius because he hopes that his revenge for his father for a moral sake, not committing an impulsive revenge.
Shakespearean villains, when they are major characters (like in most tragedies), have quite a few soliloquies, in which they describe their motivations to the audience, yet they are unable to resonate and the audience knows straightaway that this character is the villain and no matter what he says or does, he will remain so. In contrast, the hero is much more convincing and noble. For example, Claudius in Hamlet is moved to the murder of his brother by several temptations as he
What is a tragedy without deception? In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Prince Hamlet portrays deception by acting insane and seeking revenge in order to trick almost all of the characters in this play regarding his underlying motive. Hamlet acts insane and out of his mind in order to deceive some of the main characters, such as King Claudius, Polonius, and Laertes,which makes his intentions seem threatening. Hamlet’s threatening intentions cause these characters to be on edge when he is around and feel the need to spy on him. This is when Hamlet’s sneaky deception is shown the most.
Firstly, due to all the machiavellianism he does not know whom to trust. For example, Claudius acts like a loving stepfather even though he does not like Hamlet he and wants to get rid of him. As Claudius is sending Hamlet off to England to get him killed he says “Thy loving father, Hamlet.”(4.3.l 54) He says this in order to manipulate Hamlet so that he would go and thus Claudius’ plans of killing him would be fulfilled. Furthermore Claudius is selfish and he uses people. As Polonius is killed first thing Claudius thinks about is “It had been so with us, had we been there.” (4.1.l.12) and Hamlet is “full of threats to all”(4.1.l.13).
Hamlet is appalled at the revelation that his father has been murdered, and the alleged spirit of the former king tells him that the only “villain” to blame is Claudius “who now wears his crown”. Hamlet’s worst fears about his uncle are confirmed. The ghost exhorts Hamlet to seek revenge, telling him that Claudius has corrupted Denmark and corrupted Gertrude, having taken her from the pure love of her first marriage and seduced her in their incestuous union. But the ghost urges Hamlet not to act against his mother in any
/ It is a deathly thing, beyond cure; / We must not let it feed upon us longer.” - Oedipus hastily that the defilement, which is revealed to be the murderer of the former leader of Thebes Laios, must be removed. Little does he know, he is the the murderer that killed Laios and married his wife, and his murder “brought the plague-wind on the city,” a fact that is known to the audience but lost on Oedipus. An oracle revealed to him long ago when he went searching for the truth about his parents: “I went to the shrine at Delphi… The god dismissed my question without reply; / He spoke of other things. Some were clear, / Full of wretchedness, dreadful, unbearable: / As, that I should lie with my own
The ghost affects the theme of revenge by causing Young Hamlet to be seized by vengeance, the whole play turns into a story of Prince Hamlet trying to avenge his father’s wrongful death. The ghost of King Hamlet helps to develop his son’s character by setting him on a path, he doesn’t tell Hamlet exactly what to do, but he tells him enough of the story to make Young Hamlet rageful and hate filled. First, King Hamlet’s ghost affects action when he first appears in the play. When he first appears, he doesn’t even speak. When he