Hamlet finds out that this was a setup of Claudius and Polonius to spy on him, so they can find out if he is truly mad. All of Hamlet’s comments towards Ophelia suggest that he feels betrayed. Hamlet and Ophelia showed each other true love but both were mad after their fathers’ deaths. Hamlet was acting mad to have revenge while Ophelia was truly mad. During Ophelia’s funeral, Hamlet stated “I loved Ophelia; forty thousand brothers could not with all their quantity of love make up my sum”, expressing his true feelings towards her.
/ When you durst do it, then you were a man; / And to be more than what you were, you would / Be so much more the man. /” (Macbeth 1.7.47-51). Lady Macbeth knew that her husband would do what she wanted if she used her words to manipulate him. Lady Macbeth’s influences only fueled his mania. From this, it is clear that interactions with other characters greatly influenced his tragic flaw and lead him down a path of
His entire persona is that of a deceitful nature. The plan that Hamlet hatched in order avenge his father was to appear mad, trick people into thinking he had lost in mind since he believes it would assist him with his investigation of Claudius. Hamlet is not in denial of this, he describes, “I am myself indifferent honest, but yet I could accuse me of such things that were better my mother had not borne me: I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious, with more offenses at my beck than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in.” (3.1.122-126) So though it is ironic that Hamlet is so enraged about the dishonesty and disingenuity of those around him, he admittedly takes part in the illusions which repulse him so. From his own calculation, no one is worth believing or trusting, even people shown to be moral or ethical, concluding it is all just a front or mask of sorts. In Ophelia’s case is is a
Document 1 states, “For all men in general this observation may be made: they are ungrateful, fickle, and deceitful, eager to avoid dangers, and avid for gain, and while you are useful to them they are all with you, but when it [danger] approaches they turn on you”. This statement describes how corrupt and cruel men are, and how these terrible actions are also greatly reflected upon royalty. During the 15th century, royalty believed they were all that mattered which when mixed in with Machiavelli caused a lot of controversy with the people during the Enlightenment. An example of this would be King James I in Document 2 who describes all the good things about the monarchy and how it is the best thing in the world. He calls the monarchy the, “supremest thing on earth,” trying to convince people of how great this form of government
In his quest for ultimate redemption, Prince Hal promises his father that he will defeat Hotspur in battle. Prince Hal is first mentioned in Act 1 Scene 1 through the perspective of his father, King Henry who is not pleased with his son 's reputation and irresponsible behavior. In this act, King Henry foils Prince Hal with the character of Hotspur and is convinced that he is his real son. "Whilst I, by looking on the praise of him, see riot and dishonor stain the brow of my young Harry" (Act 1 Scene 1). During this act, King Henry is under stress amid the recent civil wars that have afflicted England.
Hamlet demonstrates inadequacy with phrases like “Buz, buz!” (Shakespeare 54), lines from poetry or mistakes in Polonius’s name. However, each of these actions looks like an imitation of madness; Hamlet inkles king’s surroundings he knows about the crime committed against his father. The prince could already have mental problems, but his strange behavior was deliberate and had a goal to take off the “enemy’s”
This is when Hamlet’s sneaky deception is shown the most. Deception hides the truth and is often used to protect the people who are deceiving others from a much larger scale problem. The underlying motive of Prince Hamlet’s actions is to fulfill his late father’s commands to bring justice to King Claudius, who poisoned his brother, King Hamlet, in order to become king and marry Queen Gertrude. There are many reasons as to why Prince Hamlet feels the need to deceive King Claudius. When King Hamlet’s ghost approaches Prince Hamlet in Act I, he soon finds out that he, along with many others, were lied to about his father’s death.
She tells her father that Hamlet came to her disheveled and in a shaken state of mind, speaking of horrors. (Act 2 Scene 2 line 94). Her father immediately believes that he is Mad for thy love? (Act 2 Scene 2 line 95). Opelia answers a question posed by Polonius by which she replied that she had told Hamlet that she could not see or communicate with him any more.
During Act 1 his ability is shown through his speech filled with oxymorons such as “defeated joy” (I.II.10) to appear as the grieving brother to the people of Denmark. However, in the same speech he switches to the encouragement of his marriage to Gertrude to distract the royal court from speculating his right to the throne. Figuratively, he pours poison into others’ ears to reshape the appearance of an event to his advantage. He becomes a direct antagonist for Hamlet as he calculates how to switch the situation of Hamlet’s “madness” to find safety for himself. In the end, Claudius’s use of deception becomes too crafty for his own good when he plans for Hamlet’s death.
Misery of Fiery Desires The solar eclipse is fascinating and draws attention, yet it gives off rays that are blinding. Ambitions have the same effect on an individual, as they become blinded by their fascinations and desires and lose sight of reality. In William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, characters that pursue harmful ambitions and suffer from the consequences. Three witches foretell that Macbeth will become king. At first, he is a loyal and courageous Thane for Duncan; however, he becomes deceitful once he decides to kill the king.