Theodore Roosevelt, our twenty-sixth president, once said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” Being able to make sound decisions that will satisfy one’s desires and benefit others is extremely difficult, so in order to not make the wrong choice, many people are indecisive. In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet is like most people -- unable to make the decision of whether or not to kill the one presumed to be his father’s murderer, Claudius, in fear that he will kill an innocent man if Claudius is in truth innocent. Even though some choices may lead to a wrong action, being decisive is a trait that will help one achieve
Perhaps the spirit wants him to avenge his father`s death so that he can have his mother to himself? Also, can it ever be said that the ghost speaks the absolute truth? For example, it says that his father suffered the “most unnatural murder” but can there be such a thing as a “foul and most natural murder”? . The flaws that arise create speculation about the ghostly figure.
He and Claudius enact a plot to kill Hamlet. Hamlet dies of wounds from the poisoned tipped sword Laertes used. ". Hamlet was deeply sorrowed by his father 's death. He spoke to a ghost, and this ghost stated that his father 's death was a murder, by the hand of his uncle, Claudius.
In Shakespeare 's Hamlet, King Hamlet is unexpectedly killed. When King Hamlet 's ghost visits his son, the ghost tells Prince Hamlet, that his death was intentional. Spurred on by his father, he resumes to immediately plan for revenge. Prior to his seek for revenge, King Claudius had wed Hamlet 's mother, Gertrude, causing an already forming animosity between the uncle and nephew, to thicken. Polonius, Claudius ' court advisor, had a daughter, Ophelia, who was to become Hamlet 's love interest.
Hamlet is appalled at the revelation that his father has been murdered, and the alleged spirit of the former king tells him that the only “villain” to blame is Claudius “who now wears his crown”. Hamlet’s worst fears about his uncle are confirmed. The ghost exhorts Hamlet to seek revenge, telling him that Claudius has corrupted Denmark and corrupted Gertrude, having taken her from the pure love of her first marriage and seduced her in their incestuous union. But the ghost urges Hamlet not to act against his mother in any
After Hamlet kills Polonius, Laertes faces the same problem that Hamlet does —a murdered father. And that 's where the similarities end. While Hamlet lollygags and broods over the murder for much of the play, Laertes takes immediate action. He storms home from France as soon as he hears the news, raises a crowd of followers, and invades the palace, saying "That drop of blood that 's calm proclaims me bastard" (Shakespeare 97). In other words, not being upset by his father 's death would prove that his mother was stepping out on his dad.
For example, Hamlet states, “Haste me to know't, that I, with wings as swift /As meditation or the thoughts of love, /May sweep to my revenge”(1.5. 33-35). Hamlet is saying to hurry up and tell him who killed his father, so he can avenge his father’s death. At these lines Hamlet does not know who exactly killed his father yet. The ghost reveals after that his
After Hamlet’s father was murdered, he was seek to revenge his father’s killer; but the real question here is who is the real killer, and why did he kill his father? Hamlet received a message from his father, returning in a ghost form, King Hamlet is calling upon his son to seek revenge on his brother Claudius. Claudius murdered his own brother, and seized the throne to become a King just like Hamlet. Claudius loved the power that his brother had, and he wanted the same opportunity and gifts just like him and to be the king of Denmark. Figuring out how Hamlet and Laertes is a liked and disliked is a 50/50 situation; most of the play they are similar.
Are hamlet's actions justified or not justified that is the question? In this essay I'm going to explain if his actions are justified through different documents. My opinion is that his actions were justified and some examples why are because his uncle is the one who killed his father and his mother married his uncle not to long after. In document A the ghost of his father says "Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder" what he means is he wants hamlet to revenge his soul (killing the uncle). Were starting this off with Gertrude.
Hamlet’s intelligence is shown when he does not blindly listen to what the ghost said “Hamlet is aware of the unreliability of otherworldly apparitions and consequently reluctant to heed the ghost’s injunction to perform an action that to him seems objectively evil.” [Foster 2], and instead makes his own plan to see if Claudius is truly guilty of murder because. Hamlet plans to “...have these players / Play something like the murder of my father / Before mine uncle. I’ll observe his looks” [Shakespeare II, ii, 596-598], and see how his uncle reacts to the play , which is like the murder of King Hamlet because “Hamlet believes that he must have greater certitude of Claudius’s guilt if he is to take action.” [Foster 2] he does not rush into anything without analyzing the facts that he has, and checking to see if they are true. Hamlet shows a great deal of cunning, as he convinced everyone he knew that he was insane, even though he was not really, Hamlet said that he will “put an antic disposition on” [Shakespeare I, v, 171], so no one would suspect that he knows anything and check that the people who betrayed him were truly guilty, before he has his vengeance. Hamlet shows his skepticism of all information that is given to him, in case he was being fed false information or trying to trick him, Hamlet is very skeptical of Rosencrantz and
In Literature, there is usually a character who appears briefly if at all, but whose scarce appearances play a predominant role in the piece. An example of such character would be the ghost of Hamlet Sr. in William Shakespeare 's Hamlet. Although the ghost of Hamlet Sr. appears only three times throughout the play, he significantly affects the action, theme, and the development of other characters. Hamlet does, in fact, believe that foul play was to blame for his father 's death and that it was orchestrated by his Uncle Claudius, Hamlet Sr’s successor. Even though Hamlet is convinced that his uncle is at fault he has no evidence to go on.