While Hamlet is full of self-doubt and conflicting emotions, Laertes is quick to attempt to avenge his father. Laertes immediately jumps to the conclusion that King Claudius is the murderer of his father and he seeks vengeance. 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
A villain kills my father; and for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send to heaven” (III, 3, 85). He realizes that if he kills him while he is confessing his sins then it wouldn’t be full revenge because Claudius would go to heaven while King Hamlet is in Purgatory. Someone who is consumed with insanity would just impulsively act without thinking rationally or considering the consequences beforehand. Therefore, Hamlet is merely acting insane to fool those around
Macbeth was influenced by the witches and the constant berating and bullying by his wife. He allowed himself to be corrupted and coerced and finally disrupted the Great Chain of Being himself by killing the God-chosen king and replacing him with himself. Shakespeare uses this plot to demonstrate how the great chain of being was disrupted by false ambition dominating over human nature. Macduff was born of caesarian meaning the whole play of Macbeth is ironic as it takes someone who is unnaturally born to destroy Macbeth. Ultimately, Macduff restores the Great Chain of Being by killing Macbeth and presenting the “usurpers cursed head” to Malcolm, who takes his rightful place as King as the true heir to the throne.
Hamlet, the king’s son, soon discovers this and vows to kill the murderer. At first, this seems like a case of revenge, but look deeper. What is revenge but a primordial form of temptation? Hamlet wanted to see Claudius pay for his crime, but temptation enticed him to escalate the situation and kill him instead. It was the worst solution to his problem since he made many enemies and eventually was murdered himself.
A strategy to ensure he is not suspected to his plan, Hamlet fakes loyalty and obedience to Claudius. Hamlet also makes sure that the guards, Marcellus and Horatio, see the ghost of his father as Hamlet shares with them his message. "It beckons you to go away with it, as if it some impartment did desire to you alone/Look, with what courteous action it waves you to a more removed ground; but do not go with it". (Shakespeare, I, IV, 63) Hamlet speaks with Ophelia and he tries to justify his crimes, "I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious, with more offences at my beck than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape or time to act them in." (Shakespeare, III, I,
According to Document A (“Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder…. Haste me to know’t, that I, with wings as swift as meditation or the thoughts of love, O god! Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder may my revenge be sweep.”) Basically his father tells him that Claudius has murdered him. Then, Hamlet tells his father that he will avenge him quickly but he doesn’t do it. I think lying to his dead father is unjust.
Of course he was aggravated with discovering such news but he was also aware that he would be committing a sin that would lead him to hell in the afterlife. Unlike Hamlet, later in the play when Laertes is informed about his father’s death he reacts in a much more unpleasant way which might be hard to believe. He intrudes into the castle with in army of men looking to blame anything and anyone who might be responsible for the death of his father. He is lead to believe that Claudius could be the one behind it and threatens to kill him. “ If you desire to know the certainty of your dear father, is’t writ in your revenge that, swoopstake, you will draw both friend and foe, winner or loser?” (Act 4 Scene 5 Lines 148-154).
While dying of the same poisoned sword, he implicates King Claudius. In conclusion, Hamlet is indeed an insane psychopath, who started out playing an antic disposition which later just became worse and worse. The three reasons that prove Hamlet is insane, are first, the killing of Polonius in his mother's bed chambers. Second, is his famous speech about whether to be or not to be. The last thing that proves that Hamlet is not just pretending to be insane is in the final scene when himself and Laetes battle to the death, and when he drinks out of a poisoned gauntlet to speed up his
One must consider how Hamlet slowly loses his sanity after learning of his father’s death. He seeks revenge, and this desire consumes him to the point where he acts irrationally. However, he is not the one who is truly responsible. Instead, Claudius’ actions, as the one who murdered King Hamlet in cold blood, serves as the true motivation for Hamlet’s behaviors and deteriorating psyche. In addition to his indirect influence, Claudius also kills several characters, including himself.
Not only is Hamlet in a vulnerable spot at this point, but his father’s ghost appears to him asking him to seek revenge on his behalf for being murdered by his uncle, here is where the game begins. Slowly the pawns are being picked, Hamlet being the first to be set down. After hearing what the ghost had to say about Claudius and how he had poisoned the king, Hamlet at that moment vows to not think of anything else, but vengeance. Here is a pawn ready to serve his father’s will, but instead of taking action he decides to go into a crazed state of