Many things, such as the legitimacy of the ghost of Hamlet’s father and his message for Hamlet, Gertrude’s knowledge of Claudius’s actions, and Hamlet’s hesitancy to avenge his father’s murder remain topics for debate. All of these unanswered questions and internal conflicts in the life of Hamlet can serve as a major source of confusion for a reader, but they contribute to the theme of the play. Hamlet’s antic disposition is not simply about his mask of madness, but about what it
Ever since that terrifying moment he has seen the whale as an obstacle or a wall that needs to de eliminate. Herman was inspired by many things, but in the story the captain inspires the crew with money and convinces them to help him get vengeance. In fact, there was this one particular character called Starbuck that said that “Vengeance on a dumb brute, that simply smote you from blindest instinct.” “Pure madness to be angry at a dumb thing”. With this being said, he does not like the idea of vengeance. In addition, because of Ahab’s stubbornness and selfish reasons to take vengeance, he put the crew in harm’s way.
Soon after, the story intensifies even further and approaches its climax by one step when the bloody ghost of Banquo appears at the banquet which causes Macbeth to feel guilt-ridden and anxious. The realization that by killing Duncan, he had made it possible for Banquo’s progeny to inherit the throne dawns on him. In my opinion, this is the turning point in the play because of the fact that it demonstrates Macbeth fighting against fate itself, the same fate that drove him to murder and crowned him king. Up to this point in the story, fate has been in Macbeth’s favor and his approach to the throne has been an unbroken series of successes which is now cut by the escape of Fleance. Consequently the haunting of Banquo’s
He pushes past the faintness and dizziness he experiences, he pushes himself to see beyond the black spots in his weary vision and he pushes past the pain in his hands to catch the Marlin which puts up a great fight against this frail old man. The Old Man’s struggles throughout the novel are predominantly Man versus Self and Man versus Nature, since his struggles are always against the seas, the Marlin and the sharks who begin to hunt him. Also, while he is traversing the seas for fish, his struggles with the pain he experiences are a large example of the Man vs Self
Hamlet quotes he is “revengeful, ambitious, with more offences at my beck” (III.i.126-127) when talking to Ophelia. He acknowledges his own ambition for revenge and is even able to admit to to, claiming that King Hamlet’s passing was constantly on his thoughts. His actions and intentions in the play all lead up to one thing: getting revenge on Claudius. Not only did Claudius murder him, he also stole Hamlet’s rightful position as king. Another example is during Hamlet confrontation with the ghost when he says “wings as swift, As meditation or the thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge” (I.iv.35-37).
Here Macbeth is considering whether life is meaningful. Macbeth’s character changes greatly throughout the play, from a respected thane to a king who people want dead. Macbeth gives in to his ‘vaulting ambition’ and, encouraged by the witches and Lady Macbeth, he murders King Duncan for the power. The guilt from this greatly affects him, he thinks he should carry on this path as he is almost at the
In Hamlet, Shakespeare utilizes the characterization of the ghost of King Hamlet to convey significant and climatic messages to the protagonist who, based on the information that is provided, carries out major plot-shifting developments. This leads the reader to make the connection to all that the protagonist does within the text and the initial meeting between the younger and elder Hamlet. It could be fairly speculated that the actions that are taken by the ghost of King Hamlet 's character bring about the death of five separate people, all of whom died with different relations to King Hamlet. The ghost 's appearance sets the revenge plot into motion, but it also delays the play 's action. Shakespeare uses this method of solemnity-based
For God’s love let me hear!.” (1.2.185-195) Hamlet is in awe of what his best friend tells him. This tells the audience that Hamlet is already well aware of Claudius’ actions against his father. When Hamlet himself sees the ghost of his father, his father tells him to avenge his death, that Claudius indeed murdered his own brother. “ Ghost. Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.”(1.5.25) Though there may be a plethora of violent scenes within Hamlet , one of the most important scenes in relation to the story would be in Act V. This act is one of the most passionate, especially for Prince Hamlet himself.
Murder and death are the driving forces to one character’s motives. In The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare, a play about a young prince, Hamlet, whose father is murdered prior and the trials of confirming who the killer is, go wary after a play sparks the new King’s attention. Hamlet is in and out of a grievous time trying to understand his father’s death while not a single soul mourns the loss. Power is what consumes King Claudius as he plots for Hamlet’s death with unexpected deaths to follow. Hamlet is consistently perceived as insane for trying to grief his father and avenge him.
The universal theme that goes with The Old Man and the Sea is Mans struggle with nature and life. The old man was trying to fight a battle that might have killed him since his pride kept him from accepting defeat, and going back home empty-handed, because of his old age he felt like if he could not catch the marlin than he might have died because he thought that would make him a failure. Not to himself but to Manolin (the boy that he would fish with and would speak to about baseball.) The way that most people can relate to this is that, people do not want to let someone down that look up to them or see them as a role model. In the novel The Old Man and the Sea the way that nature is used is that it does not fight against the old man but it instead is used in the way that it shows man relationship with nature, by showing that even while he was out in the sea far from land he was still given nutrients to eat, like dolphin and shrimp.