In this chapter there will be dealt with the biggest dishonesties shown by each character and the way these behaviors have contributed in the life of the main character Hamlet,and what kind of role they have played in the tragic ending of the story. Firstly the cruelest figure in the play, Claudius will be analysed. The way how he has killed his brother and married his widow. How do his actions degrade up to the point he indirectly kills Hamlet? It willbe spoken of Gertrude`s role as a mother.
Madness resides within each and every individual, it rests within the deepest part of humanity, waiting to be unleashed by traumatic events. Madness causes a person to tarnish their original morality and embody the essence of the irreconcilable product of their sanity: otherwise known as insanity. As a result, those afflicted will begin to indulge in many acts that their former selves would consider to be taboo. In the Shakespearean tragedy, the title character Hamlet is seeking to avenge his father Old hamlet by taking King Claudius 's life. Unfortunately, as Hamlet embarks on his conquest for revenge, he encounters a vast spectrum of hardships ranging from betrayal to solitude.
Nihilism is shown through Hamlet’s state of mind during the play through his feelings, actions and emotions. Hamlet uses active nihilism when Hamlet finds out that Claudius, his father's brother, murders King Hamlet. Hamlet then has his soliloquy during that period of sorrow. After that, Hamlet then wanted to get revenge on Claudius for murdering his father. The feeling of getting revenge starts the signs of active nihilism in Hamlet.
In the play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the author claims that revenge and madness are related because the need for revenge can cause one to go insane trying to get their revenge. This comparison comes up when Hamlet kills Polonius, Ophelia goes insane, and when Laertes attempts to do anything to avenge his father and Ophelia. Shakespeare’s claims that madness and revenge are related are not true today because people generally get revenge through the legal system, and rarely have issues as large as those in Hamlet where they would feel such a strong need for revenge. These modern comparisons show up in workplace revenge, the people who generally seek revenge, and the effect revenge has on people. The first way Shakespeare expresses the
Hamlet is essentially a story based on revenge. The play opens with the outside guards seeing the phantom of the recently deceased King Hamlet. When his son is summoned to him, he tasks him to get revenge for his death. Young Hamlet then spends the following days planning every move of his revenge until he accidentally kills the father of Laertes in an act of misguided rage. This mix up causes Hamlet’s well thought out plan to spiral out of control and puts Laertes on a quest to avenge his father’s murder just as Hamlet is.
With his father just being murdered by his uncle Claudius and Polonius banning the relationship between him and Ophelia, the only thought running through Hamlet’s mind was anger and revenge. The acts of violence throughout the play comes in three different forms; murder, suicide, and combat. Polonius is unexpectedly murdered, Ophelia goes mad and commits suicide, and Hamlet provokes a battle with Laertes that ends poorly for both men. All three of these violent acts can be traced back to clouded judgements, indecisiveness, anger, revenge, and heartbreak. Shakespeare created such acts of violence to keep the readers on their toes and informed, but also to invoke questions.
While he is haunted by guilt, Macbeth has to secure his throne by murdering Banquo and Fleance. At the end of the feast which was set up for assassinating Banquo and his son, Macbeth is again terrified by the news that Fleance has fled and Banquo’s ghost will dried blood over his body. He said to the ghost: “Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake/ Thy gory locks at me.” (3.4.51-52) These reactions all showed his ambivalence and the hatred to
Shakespeare further portrays men to be the instigators of betrayal, as Hamlet forgets that he ever loved Ophelia. Through, being overcome with intense hatred and anger at his mother, Hamlet denies ever having loved Ophelia, and orders her “to a nunnery”. It is Hamlet who instigates such betrayal, as he previously says “My fair Ophelia- Nymph” through “Nymph” Hamlet is describing Ophelia as a beautiful maid, thus highlighting his love for her. Yet, his attitude thereafter is considerably callous, as he continually questions Ophelia on her “honesty”. The continual questioning reflects that of a grueling and in part contributes to Ophelia’s later madness.
Conversely, Hamlet loses his standing, and his reputation, due to his lack of masculinity. When Hamlet is making wild accusations and using extensive hyperbole, arguing at Ophelia’s funeral, The King brushes him off, saying “Oh, he is mad, Laertes” (5.1.252). The King’s offhand tone describes perfectly how Hamlet’s public standing has changed: his extensive bouts of madness and sorrow have stripped him of his masculinity, and with it his importance. Hamlet’s lack of masculinity detracts greatly from the sway he would have held in the
If there are obstacles in the way, Hamlet experiences anger, lack of reality, and dilutional behavior. He is extremely disorganized and loses touch with reality such as what is important and what is not. Hamlet puts relationships aside due to his obsession towards revenge. He is not only occupied by it, but he became mad from it. Hamlet loved Ophelia but his disorder got in the way.