For example,when the ghost of King Hamlet secretly reveals to Hamlet what happened to how he died,the ghost said,”that snake poured a vial of henbane poison into my ear”(Shakespeare 65). This behavior displayed pure evil and treachery. When the ghost boldly tells Hamlet about the poison Hamlet is in shock and surprised and tells him that the snake that killed him was his uncle who took his crown. This led Hamlet to make sure that he pays for taking everything from him. In addition, when Claudius killed Hamlet’s father while he was living in peace,the ghost said,”He cut me off in the middle of a sinful life”(Shakespeare 65).
Hamlet eventually kills Claudius like his father told him to, but only did it after his mother, Gertrude, drank the poison that Claudius meant to give Hamlet. This is a result of external action from all the sorrows that was building up in Hamlet’s life. This brings us to our next character, Gertrude, Claudius’s wife and Hamlets
So how does King hamlet affect the theme of the play as a whole even while being so briefly present? It all comes off of when when he told hamlet what really happened. Hamlet was overwhelmed with madness and as a result it affected everyone else because he was acting out his madness by making them wonder why he was so mad for so long because over time they didn’t think he should still be that mad about his father's death. So when King Hamlet told his son Hamlet that he was killed by Hamlet's uncle Claudius, which is now sleeping with his mother, drove Hamlet to instantly seek vengeance for his father throughout the entire play. Which set the theme for the play being, vengeance.
It also leads to a downfall of almost every character in the play. This act of murder causes Hamlet to die, and everyone else around him, including his mother and uncle. The entire play, readers continuously a theme of revenge due to this one action. Hamlet seeks revenge on his uncle for killing his father. In Act 5, the tension rests when Hamlet and Claudius are both eliminated.
Hamlet had many opportunities of killing his uncle. He constantly hesitated and came up with reason of why and why not. Infact the entire sequence of the play Hamlet procrastinates because he wants a proper death for Claudius in revenge for killing his father. This is heavy evidence for Hamlet’s respect and honor (or love) he had for his father and the fact that his mother had quickly remarried and married his uncle offended him. That alone was enough for Hamlet a reason to kill his uncle even before knowing what his uncle had done.
Hamlet exclaims as he takes his last breath “God will free you from blame. I’ll follow you to heaven in a minute.—I’m dying, Horatio.—Goodbye, miserable queen.—And all you people watching, pale and trembling, speechless spectators of these acts, I could tell you a thing or two if I had the time (though this cruel officer, Death, doesn’t allow much free time). Let it be.—Horatio, I’m dying. You’re alive. Tell everyone what happened; set the story straight.
Did he really have to kill himself because of Juliet’s death ? Couldn’t he just gone to the Friar to tell him that he is going to kill himself or to see what happened to Juliet? If Romeo would of at least waited to see what happens with Juliet with the Friar, he would of probably not died. And because of his death, when Juliet wakes up from her sleep in the tomb, she stabs herself with Romeo knife and kills herself. This could of easily been prevented if Romeo would of not bought the poison from the Apothecary.
The moment that Hamlet learns from both his mother and Laertes that Claudius is the cause of their deaths, Hamlet finally comes to the realization that he was waited too long, which has resulted in the death of two he cares closely for. He understands that he has received enough validation, which is why he is finally able to kill Claudius. In fact, it is fitting that Claudius is killed with the same weapons that he had poisoned and rigged in order to ensure Hamlet’s death. Either way, it is evident that once Hamlet comes to the realization of his true values, he can then overcome all obstacles in order to pursue his revenge. Therefore, William Shakespeare illustrates through Hamlet’s character that once a person comes to terms with their own values, he will be able to find purpose and
In the eyes of Hamlet, Claudius proves his involvement in the death of Hamlet Senior with the look of sheer guilt and horror on his face. Still, it takes a rather long time before young Hamlet carries out his revenge on his uncle. This is in part due to his tendency to over analysis events. Hamlet could have easily listened to the ghost the very first night and killed his uncle out of revenge immediately. Since he took his time to think things through, it gave the audience a chance to reflect the events through the eyes of Hamlet and become one with his thought
The ghost’s appearance has a significant impact on Hamlet’s behaviors and forms his decisions through the play. Hamlet, who is suffering from depression since he is dealing with his father’s death and the hasty marriage of his mother with Claudius, his uncle, became obsessed with the concept of life and death after seeing his father’s ghost. In the first appearance of the ghost, he reveals the truth about the how the king has been murdered, which drives Hamlet to seek revenge, and by revenge killing his uncle. The ghost establishes a dilemma and gives Hamlet time to think about his father’s request. But Hamlet has an uncertainty about the existence of the ghost as he notes “the spirit that I have seen may be the devil, and the devil hath power T ' assume a pleasing shape” (2.2.561–563) here, Hamlet is concerned that the ghost may be the devil and questions the motivation of the ghost for killing Claudius.
The motivation of Claudius’ crime against his brother are depicted as envy of King Hamlet’s power and love life. Living in his brother’ shadow, Claudius sought control by replacing him as king and Gertrude 's husband. The people impacted by the deceiving and lying done by Claudius soon sought revenge and he had to face the consequences. At the end, he losses all the things he killed for to
One of Hamlet’s tragic flaws that leads to his ultimate downfall is his indecision. In Act II scene ii, Hamlet’s soliloquy reveals how much loathing he has for himself. He sees himself as weak and useless for not avenging his father’s death after the spirit of King Hamlet discloses the information of his murder. Hamlet calls himself a coward because he does not have nearly as much passion for his deceased father as the actor does for Hecuba, a fictional character that the player does not even know. However, Hamlet convinces himself that he has a reason for not immediately killing Claudius.
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” (Steinbeck, “Travels with Charley: In Search of America”) In other words, nothing can be appreciated without understanding its negative half. In this play by Shakespeare, Hamlet is indecisive and goes through a variety of problems in his quest for revenge.
Act 4: Now that Hamlet has accidentally murdered polonius he is even more distraught than before. He is unaware of who he is and what he is capable of doing. This state of mind leads Hamlet to hide the body in an attempt to make the problem disappear; it is his way of avoiding the issue at hand. Claudius has caught wind of the murder and after the play Hamlet produced he is scared that in Hamlet's’ delirious state his death will be next. Claudius plans for Hamlet to leave and ultimately die when he is away in England.
“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't being said. The art of reading between the lines is a life long quest of the wise,” explains the American author Shannon L. Alder. This statement illustrates that the better one is at perceiving people or situations without just the facts, one will be more wiser and receive rewards for their ability to perceive. Perception means to use one’s senses to understand certain people or situations without being told by becoming aware of hidden meanings. The way that people interpret either people or situations will ultimately affect their way of life, therefore, having knowledge of something that is not directly expressed will make one’s life much easier.