In the world renowned play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the main character Hamlet procrastinates his duty to avenge his father by killing his uncle/step-father Colonius, even though he prolongs his duty, it is done right. “To be or not to be.” Hamlet fulfills his duty to reach his full potential by confirming Claudius actually did murder the former king of Denmark. Hamlet also confirms that when he kills Claudius will suffer after death as well. Hamlet, with advice from Horatio, gives himself some extra time to make sure that he can and will kill Claudius, before their battle.
However, the way these two characters carry themselves is much different than the way Hamlet does. He, himself speaks of Laertes and Fortinbras as people who are basic contrasts to him. The reader understands this in Act IV, Scene iv where Hamlet describes Fortinbras and his valiant character and promises to become somewhat more like him. Hamlet says, "Witness this army of such mass and charge/ Led by a delicate and tender prince,/
In the play Hamlet, we find that Hamlet meets with his father’s ghost, and about his father murder by the hands of blood related brother, Hamlet takes a decision, to revenge and restore the glory back
“ Lo, here I lie, never to rise again. Thy mother’s poison’d. I am no more. The King, the King’s to blame” (Shakespeare 126). Laetres realized he has been trapped by Claudius, he points out Claudius as the murder.
I do not set my life at a pin’s fee” (Shakespeare 1.4.28). Hamlet needs this information in order to feel stable within himself, while corruption takes over Elsinore, saying to Horatio the news is “O wonderful!”(Shakespeare 1.5.34) suggesting that he has a positive response to withholding this new information that now brings stability to his life. Hamlet uses “the dumb play” as a hidden message that can be sent to Claudius but has huge underlying significance. This use of the murder in the play allows Hamlet to reveal if Claudius truly murdered his father and does this at the cost of Claudius knowing Hamlet knows his guilty deed and making Hamlet a threat. This suggests again that Hamlet’s will to obtain stability in knowledge overcomes his own life.
It is the perfect opportunity to kill Claudius. Hamlet even pulls out his sword to kill him. Hamlet says, “This is hire and salary, not revenge” (Shakespeare 59) This quote shows that Hamlet doesn’t feel like this will be good enough revenge, to kill him while he prays, because he might go to heaven and he won’t avenge his father’s death. Hamlet acts so crazy that he couldn’t remember that he just wanted to kill Hamlet.
Hamlet’s lack of moral character is illustrated in many different cases. For example, when Hamlet was writing in his journal after he is visited by the Ghost of his father, he wrote, “So Uncle, there you are. Now it is time to deal with the vow I made me to my father” (Act I Scene 3, 110). Hamlet, driven mad by grief, vowed to the Ghost that he would have revenge for his father’s murder, a clear example of his loss of moral conduct and his being overtaken by evil. A second
“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires”(I, 4, 52-53) This is exactly what the stars did in Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Macbeth wanted Happiness in his life, but to get that he used moral sacrifices that led to his demise and no purpose of living. This is demonstrated in the dagger speech and the Tomorrow speech that will be discussed showing his ambition for power and happiness to his demise.
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
Claudius kills King Hamlet and sends Hamlet into a dark place inside his mind where an obsession with death and possibly avenging his father 's suspicious undoing. After his father 's death, Hamlet 's mother marries Claudius almost immediately. The inappropriately timed union angers Hamlet and his feeling of betrayal causes him to believe that love and compassion are not an important or real part of any human or relationship. His depressive and morbid outlook assures him that death is the only thing that is certain in the world.
Catalyst for Prince Hamlet’s revenge In William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, the uncertain ghost of the recently dead King Hamlet informs Prince Hamlet about the events of his death caused by the now King Claudius. Prince Hamlet then embarks on a journey to discover the truth behind his father's unusual death and to seek the revenge that is necessary for the result of his father's assassination. In his play Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, William Shakespeare uses a foil, the symbol of death, and Gertrude's hasty death to provoke Prince Hamlet to complete his obligation to avenge his father's death. As Prince Hamlet plays around with the idea of revenge, Shakespeare uses Fortinbras as a foil character to inspire Prince Hamlet
Love is an extremely crucial factor in determining how one feels about death. Depending on your relationship with an individual, it varies how you may perceive news of their death. Tillie, a main character in the novel Let the Great World Spin, did not want to be on earth without her friend, Jazzyn. “She was tired of everyone wanting to go to heaven, nobody wanting to die. The only thing worth grieving over, she said, was that sometimes there was more beauty in this life than the world could bear” (McCann 103).