Ophelia’s other love in her life, not sexually, is her father, Polonius. Polonius, while listening into Hamlet’s conversation, but Hamlet uncovers his plot by stabbing the tapestry and Polonius cries out “Oh, I am slain” from behind the curtains (Shakespeare III. iv. 25) Hamlet proceeds to rub salt in Ophelia’s wounds by killing her father and driving her father towards insanity. “Hamlet kills the unarmed, elderly, eavesdropping Polonius” in his pure rage and in so doing it harms Ophelia by taking away the sole person left who keeps her sane (Rosenberg).
He tells Laertes in order to make sure the young man gets revenge for his father, King Claudius will have them fence, and stack the odds in Laertes favor. He places poison on the edge of Laertes’ sword and places poison in the drink of Hamlet. When the fight is about to take place, Hamlet comes to Laertes and tells him he knows what he did was totally unjust. He asks for Laertes’ forgiveness, claiming it wasn’t truly Hamlet’s fault, rather than Hamlet’s mental illness to blame. Laertes tells Hamlet that he loves him, but they fight anyways.
Soon after, his sister Ophelia is pronounced dead which only intensifies his anger towards Hamlet. Laertes bellows at Hamlet, “The devil take thy soul!”(5.1.243), uncovering that he accuses Hamlet for the passing of his dad and now sister. This drive is what prompted Laertes to collaborate with Claudius in Hamlet’s murder yet ultimately leading to his own death. This thirst for vengeance causes him to act quickly and abruptly, unintentionally getting poisoned by his own sword. Though Laertes surely illustrates how revenge can lead to one’s downfall, there is one character that proves this to be true even more so.
Does the Outcome Matter? In William Shakespeare 's tragedy Hamlet, the character Hamlet acts before purely on impulse, causing him to behave irrationally. In the start of the play King Hamlet was murdered by his own brother Claudius. Then his son Hamlet saw his late father 's ghost and found out the truth about his father 's death. Hamlet’s mind was set on killing Claudius to get revenge on his father.
The only son who does not die is young Fortinbras, Laertes and hamlet kill each other. Hamlet was acting on impulse because of the visions of his father ghost and Laertes was acting on advice giving to him by Claudius. The reader can obviously pinpoint that Claudius is the root of all problems in hamlet. The setting of the play is crucial to understand the plays genre thus Shakespeare uses castle Elsinore and its environs to depict a sordid depressing place where alleged incest and murder take place. A place where revenge is compliance motivation and where the feigning of madness is a normal strategy to dissemble one’s feelings.
The quotation was said by Hamlet and it starts in line 20 - 25 in Act IV Scene III. This passage develops character by having Hamlet act clever towards Claudius, while Claudius is endeavoring to figure out where Polonius ' body is. Furthermore, it serves to develop the plot and conflict as Hamlet has created an uproar with the killing of Polonius. He must realize that Laertus will soon come to to seek revenge, which will bring about chaos. The theme developed would be the death of Polonius, nobody knew why Hamlet had killed him, and Claudius wanted to send Hamlet off to England to be executed.
What sort of man would murder his brother, basically usurp the throne, and then plot to have his nephew killed? In the book of Hamlet, Claudius is the man that fits this statement perfectly. He is a villain of unredeemable character and a bad man. Claudius plays the devil’s advocate without a hitch. He kills his brother whom was also the king yet plays the role of a victim and acts like he doesn’t know why Hamlet is acting crazy.
He is both verbally and physically abusive to Ophelia; until after her death when he claims that he loves her more than her own brother. He even considers taking his own life many times. His act of insanity slowly snowballs into true insanity and madness. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are friends of Hamlet that are sent to check on him and find the reason behind his insanity. When Claudius sends them to England with a letter asking the king to kill Hamlet, Hamlet switches the letter with one asking for their death instead.
This becomes a major part of the plot development. Hamlet has many causes affecting his mental state, the root to his madness is the death of his father. After the ghost of Hamlet’s dad revealed the truth to his homicide, Hamlet is out to seek revenge and begins to display unroyal behavior when processing the fact his uncle, Claudius, killed his father: “his doublet all unbraced, no hat upon his head, his stockings fouled, ungartered, and down-gyved to his ankle.” (Shakespeare pg.79) This quote supports his symptoms of being mental ill within his
So he is a villain not because he intended to do harm but because he is willing to use people as collateral damage as long as he achieves his goal. In order to convince the court of Denmark that he is indeed insane he walks around taking to himself, being cryptic and cruel and he basically calls Ophelia a whore when they are watching the play together. ___________. Then he goes and stabs Ophelia’s father Polonius, just because he happened to be in the wrong
Laertes got some answers concerning his dad 's passing, and quickly returned home. He stood up to the King and blamed him for the homicide of his dad. Claudius told Laertes that Hamlet was in charge of his dad 's passing. He then chooses to murder Hamlet to vindicate the demise of his dad. He and Claudius come up with a plot to slaughter Hamlet.
Hamlet wrestles with himself on if the Ghost was telling the truth. With the passage of time, more people die since Claudius was not taken care of sooner. Hamlet accidently kills Polonius, who was the king 's counselor, because he thought it was Claudius behind the curtain. The fact that Hamlet must kill Claudius weighs heavily on Hamlet and he contemplates
Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is a play that mainly focuses on one common theme of insanity. Macbeth gradually becomes plagued by intense guilt as his desire for power drives him to attain his goals by any means necessary, including committing murder. He kills Duncan in cold blood in order to become King, has Banquo killed by three murderers because he wishes to maintain his position as King, and finally, he has Macduff’s family slaughtered. Each of these occurrences takes place because of Macbeth’s will to be King, or they are a result of his guilt. Nonetheless, they are all completed of his free will, which is what causes him to deteriorate mentally.