Consequently, Hamlet killed Polonius when he realized he was being spied on, mistaking him for the king. For this reason, Ophelia went crazy. She was later found at the bottom of a river. Furthermore, an angry Laertes returned from France, determined to avenge his father. Sharing a common interest, he and King Claudius devised a plan to poison Prince Hamlet. This plan, however, went horribly wrong.
He is Hamlet’s love interest’s brother who implicates Hamlet’s success through conflict. Hamlet sparks the rivalry between the two families by killing some of the family members. By executing Laertes father and Polonius, this causes Polonius’ son, Laertes, to seek vengeance for his father. Consequently, Hamlet’s family goes against him and his love, Ophelia, kills herself. This demonstrates that family ties, even if not blood related, have serious impacts on Hamlet’s life which causes misery to overwhelm his life; this misery prohibits his success. During Ophelia’s funeral, the drama between Hamlet and Laertes magnifies which causes more hate between their families. Laertes provokes Hamlet into fighting him by Ophelia’s grave, with their families there to witness, by saying “[t]he devil take thy soul” (V, i, 243). Following this mishap, Laertes is informed by Claudius of a strategy to end Hamlet’s life in the near future. This immoral conflict being conducted in a place that already is commemorating death displays that they are inclined to cause more people to die. This plot to kill Hamlet is not beneficial to Hamlet’s success and only weakens his personal plot to kill Claudius. Then, Laertes chooses to become a participant in the killing of Hamlet. As aforementioned, this plan for death is a success, but causes many other deaths along with Hamlet to fail.
In Act I scene v, Hamlet, the titular hero of the of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, bemoans the vile corruption that has manifested “in this distracted globe” (Shakespeare, trans. 1986, 1.5.101-102) after discovering the heinous murder of his father. This is only the first of numerous catastrophes to transpire in Denmark. The most spiteful of these misfortunes is the death innocent Ophelia, lover of Hamlet and daughter of Polonius. Although her drowning may initially appear to be an accident, Ophelia has lost the desire the live after enduring several tribulations, most notably the sudden murder of her father. Hamlet carries partial culpability for her death, as he was the one who physically stabs the Lord Chamberlain. Polonius, despite being Ophelia’s father, bears partial accountability for her death due to his own mendacious actions. Gertrude also plays a role, doing the minimum to comfort grieving Ophelia. Their actions however, can be traced back to King Claudius, whose murder of Old Hamlet incites a chain reaction of falsehood and mistreatment within Denmark that ultimately lead to Ophelia’s drowning.
Hamlet returned to Elsinore and received some shocking news that Hamlet’s mother had married his uncle. His expression was sad and upset all at once in his disgusted face of anger. There the door opened with the new king and the old queen entered and Hamlet standing like a tall tree and not moving like a stonewall. In the play Hamlet,by Shakespeare, Hamlet the prince of Denmark was listening to his uncle Claudius about his marrige and and him exhibiting happiness about it while Hamlet looks ashamed. As his uncle advised him to stay in his home he grows into rage about everything that happened when he came back because Claudius was having a party while he was stuck in his own house waiting for them to return. Hamlet is justifiably
The story of Hamlet by William Shakespeare is a story of betrayal, revenge, and intrigue. Hamlet, the title character discovers that his uncle killed his father and married his mother effectively stealing the throne. Hamlet decides he must kill his uncle Claudius as revenge for what he had done. However, as the new king, Hamlet isn't sure how to get to him, so he decides to fake madness, but his plan backfires as Claudius doesn't trust him and makes sure he is always watched. In his fumbled plan for revenge, Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius, forces Polonius's son Laertes to seek revenge against him, and drives Ophelia crazy causing her to kill herself. Hamlet's insane behavior is a significant part of the story because it is supposedly part of his revenge plan, but also because of the additional problems, it creates. Some have argued that his madness was indeed an act, but rather real madness that he was trying to cover up by telling people
Laertes complains to the priests to perform a full service for his sister. Suddenly Laertes jumps into Ophelia’s grave and exclaims that he wants to be buried next to her. Hamlet jumps in too and insults Laertes saying that he doesn’t love her as much as he does. They fight each other and are pulled apart. At the end of this scene, Claudius reminds Laertes about their plan to murder Hamlet.
Hamlet and The Great Gatsby are very similar because of their themes. Hamlet, written by Shakespeare in 1603, and The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925 share the themes of madness, vengeance, mortality, murder, and disloyalty. Although the plots are not very alike, the two main characters in each have similar qualities. These characters are not exactly the same, their flaws and actions both lead them to being disloyal to others, including themselves, and in the end, their death.
Laertes is the son of Polonius, who is mistakenly murdered by Hamlet. Laertes goes away to school in France, only to be told that his father was murdered and there was no ceremony. Subsequently, that fueled Laertes’ core issue, the fear of betrayal. He feared that Claudius killed his father because Polonius was close to Claudius; he is the King’s advisor. Laertes’ quest for redemption is to kill Hamlet. To begin, Laertes came back to Denmark to charge Claudius for his father’s death, saying, “How come he dead? I’ll not be juggled with./ To hell allegiance! Vow, to the blackest devil!” (4.5.130-131). This statement demonstrates how betrayed Laertes feel towards Claudius and the whole kingdom as he says, “To hell allegiance! Vow, to the blackest devil!”. For this reason, he is comprehensively denouncing any allegiance his family has ever had with the royal family being, that his fear of betrayal has finally come to pass. With regard to the statement made by Laertes, he goes on and declares, “... I give to negligence,/ Let come what comes - only I’ll be revenged/ most thoroughly for my father” (4.5.134-36). Moreover, Laertes’ motives are known; he is willing to travel to any extent for his father. The fear of betrayal is the troublesome feeling that loved ones and family members cannot be trusted. In Laertes’ case, Claudius and the royal family were loved ones whom they trusted tremendously, notably because his father was
Back at the Danish Palace of Elsinore, Ophelia was maddened her father's death, and Laertes, with a mob in tow, demanded an explanation for Polonius' death. Claudius tentatively calmed him and convinced him that Hamlet was the murderer. Claudius and Laertes agreed to kill Hamlet. They arranged a duel between Laertes and Hamlet, with Laertes' sword secretly poisoned to guarantee Hamlet's death. Should it fail, Claudius can kill Hamlet by offering a poisoned cup of wine to Hamlet during the contest. Afterwards, Gertrude announced Ophelia’s drowning as Ophelia was by the river. Since it was unsure whether Ophelia’s death was by accident or suicide, her funeral lacked many of the customary rites. Laertes dramatized his grief, which prompted Hamlet to reveal himself and declare his grief. After a small fight, they
Claudius who is seen as the villain is only responsible for the death of one person, while Hamlet is responsible for numerous. He kills three himself, causes Ophelia to commit suicide, arranges the deaths of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, forces Claudius to drink poison even though he is already dying from a poisoned sword wound. So while Hamlet is justified in wanting to extract revenge for the death of his father he was not justified in the amount of deaths that he caused either directly or indirectly.
Hamlet is William Shakespeare 's renowned tale of mystery, intrigue, and murder, centered on a young misguided prince who can only trust himself. Some may say that the actions of Prince Hamlet throughout the play are weak and fearful, displaying a tendency to procrastinate and showing an apathetic nature towards his family and peers. Others spin a tale of a noble young scholar, driven mad by the cold-blooded murder of his father by his uncle. In truth, I believe Hamlet is neither of these things. Hamlet is a sort of amalgamation of the two, a bundle of contradictions thrown together into one conflicting but very human mess of a character. The quote, "We admire Hamlet as much for his weaknesses as for his strengths", aptly describes my feelings towards this troubled young prince. It is simply impossible to characterise Hamlet as good or bad, strong or weak. It is my aim to show the depth of Hamlet 's personality and to explain to the best of my ability the traits which make him who he is. Hamlet is the neither the hero nor the villain of his story- he is simply a victim, a young man slowly losing his grip on sanity over the course of the play.
In his distraction Laertes lunges towards Hamlet denying him time to explain his predicament. After their altercation Hamlet explains what he still believes as the truth of King’s plot against him. Hamlet and Laertes agree to a duel, but Hamlet is unaware of the poisoned dagger that Laertes is using. Hamlet has a moment of distraction from Claudius's reaction when Gertrude drinks out of a poisoned wine glass. Laertes is able to would hamlet with the dagger but loses grip and drops is soon after. Hamlet reaches for the dropped dagger and wounds Laertes and then lunges over also killing Claudius too. As Gertrude, Laertes, and Hamlet begin to die it is Laertes that recognizes the gaps in the story and is able to place Ophelia as the cause of all of their problems. In Hamlet’s last moments he is forgiven for the misconception about his sanity. Ophelia’s truth is revealed but it is too late to save those who were poisoned. Horatio observed the scene play out and is awe stricken by the total misconception that was
Laertes’ revenge is the catalyst that made Hamlet’s revenge so deadly and hurt many more people (although a lot is due to Laertes’ revenge also). Laertes’s revenge hurt many people in the play, including his own death. In V.ii.334 Laertes says, just before dying “He is justly served. It is a poison tempered by himself. Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet. Mine and my father’s death come not upon thee, Nor thine on me,” here Laertes is saying that the revenge was not worth it for either of them, and he does not blame Hamlet for the outcome of Laertes’ revenge but himself. While Hamlet’s and Laertes’ revenge are the two major revenges in the play, there is another smaller revenge which plays big into the
In Shakespeare, Hamlet, revenge plays a large role in some of the characters actions. Hamlet was trying to get revenge on Claudius almost the whole play. Laertes wants to get revenge on Hamlet because Hamlet killed his father. Young Fortinbras wants to get revenge for King Hamlet killing his father. Although all of these characters were trying to get revenge, they all had different outcomes. Shakespeare had revenge play such a big role in his play to prove that revenge is not good. He had all of the characters end up differently to prove that. Revenge is not a good thing to base your actions off of and in Shakespeare’s play he shows
However, continuing with Hamlet’s incessant need for vengeance, the actions and drastic measures he takes in order to achieve such certainty are both incredibly genius and rightfully insane. Despite his methods and lack of will to act until he is absolutely positive with his facts, Hamlet proves that his way is the best way. Although Hamlet had numerous opportunities to act upon his revenge, he waited until he was absolutely sure of his suspicions, even when he could have easily retributed in his own controlled environment. Unlike many other named characters, Hamlet did not let outside sources sway his perception and perspective on the situation. For example, Laertes had insisted that nothing could be said or done in order for him to change his mind on acting upon his own vengeance, yet Claudius’ words had done just that, and Laertes ended up paying the price when he was killed upon his own poisoned sword. Claudius himself is another example of the complexity of action shown in the story, for after executing his own sibling and therefore gaining access to the crown, the haunting memories of his action taunt him until his final breath