Laertes is the son of Polonius and Ophelia’s brother, plays a very important role in the play even though he does not appear often. He is an impulsive person who does not think before he acts and is willing to kill to avenge his father’s death. Laertes is ready to get revenge for his father’s death but does not seem very emotional about the fact that his father is dead. Laertes is violent and ready to avenge his father’s death and is willing to do whatever it takes, because of this, Claudius is able to use him to help him get rid of Hamlet by manipulating him to duel with Hamlet. After Ophelia’s burial, when Laertes is dueling with Hamlet he is wounded.
When he is notified about his father’s death he goes through an instant rage. During his rage Laertes enters the Kings castle and threatens to kill him. He says “Where is this King?-Sirs, stand you all without.” (Shakespeare.122) Laertes doesn’t take his time to research the murder of his dad. Laertes just assumes it is the King who has killed his father, so he seeks revenge on the King without realizing the consequences he may suffer in result. Laertes is not as introspective, after a while he just wants to get the revnge
When reading Hamlet, readers may not pick up on Hamlet’s Shadow. Hamlet himself is unaware that he behaves instinctively as a killer and doesn’t realize that his actions are morally wrong, and the reader can easily take from this that Hamlet is truly in the right and that the actions he takes are justified due to his problematic relationships. Claudius tells Gertrude, “When sorrows come, they come not in single spies, but in battalions” to remind her that bad things normally happen in quick succession after long periods emotional rest (IV, v, 61-62). In Act 1, the Ghost says, “Murder most foul, as in the best it is. But this most foul, strange, and unnatural” when Hamlet is becoming gung-ho about murdering his father’s killer (who he does not yet know is Claudius).
The Blindness Of Oedipus vs The Sight of Teiresias In Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus wishes to avenge his city by finding and exiling the killer of the former king, Laios’s killer. Oedipus asks Teiresias who the killer was, or at least for a hint in the right direction. At first, Teiresias refused to tell him but after Oedipus insisted, he finally relented. Teiresias was a blind man but knew that Oedipus was actually the murderer, while the king’s arrogance blinded him from seeing the truth. Teiresias is a blind seer, which is rather ironic.
Macbeth is a tormented man influenced by many outside sources and was convinced to commit horrible crimes. At the beginning of the play Macbeth was a simple man who was very loyal to his king. He slowly let his reedy wife convince him that he would make a better king and so Macbeth did the only thing he could, commit murder. Afterwards he was going crazy with remorse and of course didn’t want to get caught so he ultimately lived out a life of murder to keep his secret. It goes to show you that you can’t let outside influences take you over or you will never be
He first went after Claudius for the death of his father because of how quietly it happened but learned that it was Hamlet who murdered his father. This resulted in Laertes wanting to kill Hamlet himself in a fencing dual. Claudius stepped aside and allowed Laertes to do the dirty work he had been trying to do previously. But Laertes was determined to see the death of Hamlet so he poisoned the end of his sword while dueling Hamlet to be sure he would end his life. But in the end both him and Hamlet were struck by the poisoned “I am justly killed with mine own treachery”(Act 5 Scene 2).
Claudius says that “ To our most valiant brother…” demonstrates that he was not remorseful regarding his brother’s death and may be covering up the reality that he murdered him (Hamlet 21). Hamlet’s insanity in an act of cheating invented to draw away the attention from his distrustful deeds as he attempts to collect proof against Claudius (Smith 174). Hamlet discloses to Horaito his deceitful scheme to feign madness. Additionally, Hamlet plans to deceive his mother, Getrude, during a meeting in her clandestine. During the interaction, Hamlet would seem to intend to harm; he will direct the cruelty of Nero, alleged to have killed his mother, to assist him “speak daggers” to his mother; however, he has no intent of committing a crime.
It can be said that “Othello is one not easily jealous, but being wrought, perplexed in the extreme” (Shakespeare V.ii.405-406). Throughout the play Othello’s blind trust in Iago led him to a perplexed state in which he was vulnerable to flaws that he did not usually struggle with. In a perplexed state Othello “becomes jealous and eventually a murderer” (Kliger 222). Without Othello’s blind trust in Iago Othello would never have become perplexed and would not have led to flaws that resulted in the murder of Desdemona. Othello recognized his growing problem as he said “There is no more but this: Away at once with love or jealousy” and yet Othello was still unable to shake his jealousy as Iago kept feeding him lies (Shakespeare III.iii.222-223).
Also, Hamlet notifies Horatio of his desire to murder the King and the sneaky idea to recreate the murder of his father via a play while watching King Claudius’ reaction III.ii.49-67. Horatio is around Hamlet while he speaks to the ghost and hears the devious plot to murder Claudius, yet he never concludes that Hamlet is mad. King Claudius states that many of the citizens of Denmark love Hamlet; this is shown with the players cooperation to Hamlet. He acts them to act out some extraordinary things when reenacting the murder of his father. I think it is noteworthy that the players never question Hamlet’s crazy ideas and how he wants them to act.
His impulsivity, self-destructive behavior, and ‘rituals’ are his actions to take revenge on the murderer of his father. He goes as far as letting his uncle and mother know that he knows his father was murdered and how. He puts his life in danger in an ‘amusing’ way and does not fear the loss of his own life. In this process, he
I think Hamlet a procrastinator, he is being too cautious or careful. He had so many chances to kill Claudius, but he chooses to fall back. Hamlet putting on the play and seeing Claudius’s reaction is a big clue that Claudius is the murderer. Instead, Hamlet thinks that