After the three murderers killed Banquo, they go to recount the news to Macbeth. Showing no reaction to the news of his former comrade’s death, Macbeth only thinks of himself: “Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect” (Shakespeare 99). Macbeth, asking if Fleance is dead, is only tormented after hearing that Fleance escaped and remains a threat to his crown. Macbeth’s quick transition of concern from Banquo to Fleance exhibits his disregard to the people close to him, a distinct behavior often tied to sociopathic people.
What makes the motives of the two young men so ironic is the fact that Hamlet just so happens to kill Polonius, father of Laertes, while in the process of trying to get revenge on his father. Due to the fact that Hamlet is being so adamant in avenging his father’s death, he speaks to his mother in a way that makes it seem as if he wishes to bring some form of harm to her. His mother calls out for help in fear Hamlet will kill her. Polonius is near and calls for help. When
Leonato also implies that Claudio shouldn’t fight him because he has already wronged him and, to murder him would be overkill. Antonio, having been primed in the conversation before with Leonato, only adds validity to the claim that Leonato tries to make, Claudio murdered Hero unjustly. In Leonato's closing remarks to Claudio, Leonato states, “say thou hast belied mine innocent child. / Thy slander hath gone through and through her heart, / And she lies buried with her ancestors, / Oh, in a tomb where never scandal slept Save this of hers, framed by thy villainy” (5.83.67-71). Once again Leonato tries to make Claudio show any sign of guilt over having killed Hero.
Hamlet did not mean to kill Polonius because he did not see who was behind the arras. Hamlet thought the man who yelled for help was King Claudius, but he let his emotions cloud his judgement and accidentally stabbed Polonius. This is the death that Hamlet is most responsible for because he directly killed
228-30). In other words, he is saying that if we are innocent, there is no reason to watch the play and be bothered by it. After the player serving as King Hamlet is murdered, Claudius goes ballistic, yelling for the lights to be turned on and storming out of the room. Hamlet interprets Claudius’s behavior as proof of his guilt and concludes that the claim made by the ghost was correct, and decides he will avenge his father by killing Claudius. As for this time in the play, Hamlet decides that although his father was murdered, he can acquire vengeance by killing the murderer
In addition to revealing Hamlet 's plot to catch his uncle for the murder of the king, Hamlet 's second soliloquy uncovers the true principle of Hamlet 's inner conflict. Hamlet is undeniably committed to avenging his fathers’ death, yet he cannot act on his ambition due to his distain for calculating revenge. Hamlet deems himself a coward because he has not taken any direct action against the new king. His self-condemnation takes several forms, including a series of self-demeaning insults based upon his self loathing which stems from him feeling he has done nothing to take revenge on Claudius. The plan to kill Claudius catches hamlet in the crossfire between using his animal instinct and avenging his fathers’ death, or obeying his common
In Hamlet’s quest for revenge he begins to have self-doubt to whether man-slaughter is morally and politically correct. It is perfectly illustrated in the play as he proceeds on a transition of being ready to kill, to then considering if it is right or not, then heisting and wasting time, to finally dealing the deadly blow. Furthermore, it begins to become obvious that not only does Hamlet believe murdering is morally wrong, but for a sole reason it to is politically wrong. To begin with, when Hamlet has a talk with his father’s ghost it seems that the word “murder” catches him off guard, “Ghost: Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder. Hamlet: Murder?”.
The main theme in Hamlet’s sixth soliloquy is with, Hamlet struggles with the repercussion on the timing of killing Claudius. Hamlet is looking to avenging the death of his father the king. More so, Hamlet knows if he is to kill Claudius, after his has prayed to God to forgive him of his sins, then Claudius would go to heaven, whereas, if he is to be patient and wait for Claudius to sin this would assure that Claudius spirit would go to hell. Hamlet’s reasoning behind this was for Claudius to have the same fate of his father spirit, for the Ghost is “Doom’d for a certain term to walk the night,And for the day confin’d to fast in fires,Till the foul crimes done in my day of natureAre burnt and purge’d away.” (Shakespeare, 1600, p. 654) For
In addition, the fathers of both Hamlet and Laertes have been murdered. Hamlet’s driving motive throughout the play has always been to avenge his father’s death, and so, ironically, Hamlet’s actions result in the death of Polonius, thereby adding another point of comparison between himself and Laertes. Shakespeare then continues the irony by having Laertes willing to do what Hamlet could not, that is kill in a church. Laertes would avenge his father, no matter the cost, unlike Hamlet who claimed that nothing could prevent him from murdering King Claudius, and yet he became too cowardice to attempt. Instead, Hamlet paused and retreated when he found Claudius false-heartedly praying for salvation: “But is our circumstance and course of thought,/ ‘Tis heavy with him: and am I then revenged,/ To take him in the purging of his soul,/ When he is fit and season’d for his passage?/ No!” (III, iii).
Act 4 underlines the main differences between Hamlet and his foils; the foils inspire Hamlet to take his own course of action and avenge his father’s death. In the play, it is very easy for the audience to notice the contrasting mentalities between Hamlet and his foils. Throughout the play, the audience witnesses Hamlet shy away from seeking revenge on his father’s murderer, and instead talks himself out of proceeding with his deed. Laertes is completely different in regards to taking revenge. He hears the news of his father’s death and immediately returns from France to avenge the murder of his father.