Emotion: a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others. In, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, by William Shakespeare, emotion dominates this tragedy. Hamlet's father, King Hamlet is murdered by his own brother Claudius. Claudius inherits the throne, and marries his brother's wife. Hamlet sees his father, King Hamlet's ghost, who informs Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius, Hamlet's uncle.
Shakespeare has written genres everywhere between tragedies and comedies, one of his most well known works, the Tragedy of Hamlet highlights some of his best work. In the Tragedy of Hamlet Shakespeare tells a story of a young prince and his greed to gain revenge against his uncle for the murder of his father. Throughout the story many characters demonstrate power in various ways such as through their emotions and their actions that drive others. Although the character that demonstrates the most power would be the dead King Hamlet, also known as the ghost in the play. King Hamlet drove his son to seek revenge, sparked actions within Denmark with his appearances, caused everyone to die in the end and even though he was just a ghost he showed his power.
O cursèd spite,/ That ever I was born to set it right!” (1.5.188-89). As a result of the truth concerning his father’s death, Hamlet feels as though all the gruesome occurrences happened because he only, can fix them. Hamlet receives a new meaning of self-worth. As the play goes on, Claudius realizes that Hamlet has discovered the truth about the Old King and beings to repent. As Claudius repents, Hamlet feels as though it's the best time to kill him until he says: And so ’a goes to Heaven; And so am I revenged.
Hamlet’s loyal friend Horatio Many of the Shakespeare's characters are scattered with a long trails of sin and misfortune, in Hamlet, Denmark's prince, Hamlet is set to seek the revenge of his father's murder. With the guidance of his father's ghost , Hamlet begins acting out in lunacy to appear inconspicuous, plots for his uncle Claudius’ demise by enacting a play to seek out the new kings guiltiness. With all of Hamlet's bouts of depression, lunacy and anger, Horatio, a scholar, acts as a loyal follower and true friend. Hamlet not even being able to trust his mother takes Horatio's loyalty seriously, making him the only person he can completely rely on and honestly talk to. At first Hamlet also put his trust in both life long friends
Hamlet written by William Shakespeare follows the story of Hamlet as he tries to avenge his father’s murder. Shakespeare uses the clash of opposites to express ideas that he wants to portray. The mystery of death is explored through the contrasting themes of life and death found in Yorik’s skull, the ghost of Hamlet’s father and Ophelia’s suicide. The contrasting characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Hamlet show the importance of loyalty in friendship. Contrasting characters are also used with Fortinbras and Hamlet to empathize how inaction can lead to negative impacts.
“Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles…” (3;1;65-67). The previous line from the play Hamlet by Shakespeare, really shows how the man has put himself into a dangerous mindset. There are many reasons for Hamlet to have been dragged into this mindset: dishonor, death, murder, and incest. The line “To be, or not to be” can only be explained for what it is, Hamlet battling with himself over the worth of continuing to live or to just end his suffering. Throughout the play, Hamlet suffers the wrath of so many things going wrong and so many people betraying him that he has been put into the mindset of “would it just be easier to die.” It is because of this
This amorality stems from his desire to avenge the “rank and gross[ly]” (Shakespeare, 29) cruel actions of his uncle, the King Claudius. In the end however, both Hamlet and Claudius die with little pomp, victims of each other in a cyclical stream of karma. Shakespeare uses this eventuality to denounce the use of cruelty as a means to an end, for it brings nought but meaningless death. The fact that Hamlet becomes so cruel specifically because of Claudius’ treachery is a testament to the relationship between oppressor and oppressed. As Hamlet becomes that which he once hated, Shakespeare emphasizes the fact that the line between victim and oppressor is often more blurred than defined.
Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a play filled with deceitfulness and betrayal. In essence, those have to be on guard of the truth because generally it is manipulated for the sole purpose to benefit the need of another person’s truth. The only ways to determine the truth from fiction is by their devious ways, when the devious act is committed, the act of deception exposed and the truth of the deception is finally reveled. Deceitfulness contributes to the death of many character in Hamlet, the primary motive of deception is between Claudius and Hamlet being his nephew/stepson. Claudius has murder his own brother; Hamlet’s father Old King Hamlet, by putting poison in his ear.
This ties back into how death is portrayed in literature. The personification of death plays a vital role in the stories, impacting the characters’ emotions and actions. In Hamlet, death being personified as an authoritative figure drives Hamlet Jr. to near insanity as he plots revenge on King Claudius and foreshadows the downfall of the cast during the final scene. In “Porphyria’s Lover”, death acts as a catalyst, overlooking Porphyria and her lover’s actions. It showcases “Porphyria’s Lover” as being higher than a god, taunting the figure and demeaning them whilst he does what he pleases.
The Characters in both novels struggle and show their true nature when they are put through hardships. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the main character Prince Hamlet is introduced to conflict by the Ghost, telling him that he must avenge his death “Revenge his soul and most unnatural murder.” (1.5.32) After the Ghost tells Hamlet
Claudius also uses the word love many times. In the beginning of the play Hamlet is depressed about his father’s death and Claudius tells him “And with no less nobility of love Than that which dearest father bears his son Do I impart toward you” (Shakespeare 1.2.290). Claudius wants his love for Hamlet to replace the love Hamlet had for his father. If Claudius was successful in this then Hamlet would have a new commitment to him, instead of to his murdered father. When Shakespeare has different characters’ use the word love it changes the meaning of the word, helping to show the meaning of