He is willing to storm into the Demark court – without thinking – and tell King Claudius that, “only I’ll be revenged most thoroughly for my father” (4.5.132-133). In contrast to Laertes’ sudden actions, Hamlet ponders the chance to kill the man responsible for his father’s death. Even when Claudius is alone and the option is available, Hamlet fails
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.
In the world renowned play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the main character Hamlet procrastinates his duty to avenge his father by killing his uncle/step-father Colonius, even though he prolongs his duty, it is done right. “To be or not to be.” Hamlet fulfills his duty to reach his full potential by confirming Claudius actually did murder the former king of Denmark. Hamlet also confirms that when he kills Claudius will suffer after death as well. Hamlet, with advice from Horatio, gives himself some extra time to make sure that he can and will kill Claudius, before their battle.
After meeting his father 's ghost, Hamlet had to investigate further and see if his uncle is guilty. In Gladiator, Commodus kills Emperor Marcus his father because he was going to give the throne to Maximus. Maximus is very upset by this because he thought of Marcus as a father and decides not to honor Commodus as emperor. Since both Hamlet and Maximus were noble, they have
In fact, the general shows the remorse of his conscience when he imagines the king 's chamberlains accuse him of murdering Duncan. He is aware that he will never be able to live in peace and he feels that it is terrible to live like this. However, Lady. Macbeth suggests him to pay no attention to his feeling of regret or, if not, he will go completely crazy. This turns out to be a clear omen of what would happen to them soon
Hamlet's overthinking and inaction led to several unnecessary murders. Hamlet knew that Claudius is guilty, yet he still wants to make sure, therefore Hamlet made a play that played out the exact way that Claudius had killed King Hamlet. Hamlet had done this in order to watch how Claudius reacts to make sure that Claudius is the one who murdered his father, “I’ll observe his looks, if he do blench, I know my course” (Ham.2.2.583-585) “Now might I do it pat, now’a is a-praying. And now I’ll do’t” ( Ham.
And so am I revenged. That would be scann’d (III.iii, 74-76). This is ironic because just as Hamlet if finally able to work up enough courage to kill the unseeing Claudius, it suddenly occurs to him that if Claudius dies praying, his soul will be sent to heaven because he had the opportunity to seek forgiveness for his sins, whereas King Hamlet did not. In this scene, once again, Hamlet’s emotions get the best of him. He wants personal satisfaction in the suffering of Claudius
He loses both his sister AND his father to Hamlet’s rampage which expectedly infuriates him. “And so I have a father lost; and a sister driven to desperate terms… but my revenge will come.”. Laertes comes home to the destruction of his family and immediately begins plotting with Claudius to kill Hamlet. The revenge ended up backfiring and killing everyone except Horatio, thus proving that they should have left justice to a more cautious and lawful
Another similarity is that both Oedipus and Caesar were caught in a series of situations, which eventually lead to their demise. Oedipus kills an old man without knowing that he had just fulfilled his fate by killing his father on his way away from his adopted parents. Caesar was driven by his ambition and arrogance that he ignored the warnings by the soothsayer and his wife, Calpurnia, to walk into his death at. They are both are led to their death because of
The narrator didn’t really love Doodle, was cruel to him, and thought him how to stuff out of his own selfishness, so thank to the gift of pride, the narrator is guilty for the murder of his brother Doodle. The narrator despised Doodle. When Doodle was born and alive- against what the doctor said- the narrator says, "I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow" (Hurst 345). The narrator wants to kill his brother because he realized he would not die and because of that, won't be able to do anything physically like brothers do together.
Human nature is to want revenge when betrayed. No matter the nature of the betrayal, the one affected will want some form of revenge. This is a flaw in the human DNA, because it has caused, and will continue to cause a cycle of betrayal. In the play Hamlet, Hamlet the son to the old king is seeking revenge against his uncle, because he betrayed him by killing his father, and marrying his mother.
The Cost of being Free “Man is born free, but he is everywhere in chains.” A man is free to do everything as per his will, but then there are some cultural norms, social restrictions, and the destinies which have already been decided. All of these matters frankly chain the man and make him handicapped. The realities of the life confine him, and all his free will goes in vain.
In William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the authors show the development of individuals and perspectives, as a result of exposure to outside events and internal struggle. Since changes are often subtle, both authors use the literary device known as foil characters-- a character that contrasts with the protagonists, to highlight specific temperaments or qualities. The protagonists, of both works, have widely different interactions with the foil characters; in Hamlet, Laertes and Hamlet, are mismatched and create conflict. Alternatively, they can compliment the protagonist, such as Jane Bennet to Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Shakespeare and Austen use the foil characters to highlight the protagonists'
Tragedies have a significant effect on audiences due to its relevant complexes that occur every day through different situations. Throughout the course of a tragedy audience build a relationship with the tragic hero whose exceptional nature excites them and forces them to question his situation and flaws. In the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet, Hamlet’s catastrophic environment ignites his tragic flaws and ultimately leads to his demise. Hamlet succeeds in overcoming his hamartia through his death which allows him to maintain his legacy and avenge his father’s death. The famed poet T.S Elliot suggests in his essay “Hamlet and his problems”, that Hamlet faces disastrous conditions that exemplify the main complex within the play.