Gladwell in his piece, David and Goliath Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, suggests people should use their negative situation to their advantage. He discusses this idea exemplifying people with dyslexia who used their unique abilities to their advantage when they struggled with reading and writing. Gladwell’s theory of overcoming difficult situations does not apply to Shakespeare 's character Hamlet because he is unwilling to overcome and improve, after his father’s death, leading to his ultimate downfall. At the beginning of Hamlet, King Hamlet has suspiciously died and his son, Hamlet is overcome by the death of his father, causing him to constantly grieve and not heal. Hamlet’s mother decides to remarry King Hamlet’s uncle, which Hamlet strongly disagrees with the marriage and views it as
Insanity is contagious. Prince Hamlet is the sole cause of all of the insanity in the play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare. He starts off upset about his father’s death. He soon becomes vengeful after a visit with his father who became a ghost. With his vengeance for King Claudius, he slowly loses his sanity and becomes insane.
This claim proves to be evident because throughout the play, Hamlet tries to avenge his father’s death and goes insane doing so. This is apparent in Act III of the play when Gertrude and Hamlet are in a room of the castle and Hamlet sees the ghost of his father again. Gertrude, however, does not see the ghost because it is simply a figment of Hamlet’s imagination. (Shakespeare III.IV.131-135). Hamlet’s madness is a product of the death of his father, which supplements the claim that fathers can impact their sons in a destructive manner.
He is not only a traitorous and cruel king, but the extent to which he is "unfit to govern" makes him "unfit to live" - deserving of death for how he has let down Scotland. Macbeth's cruelty is further proved by his order to kill Macduff's "wife... babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line". His insanity progresses to the belief he will never succumb to "time and mortal customs" - because of the witches, he believes himself immortal. It is the relating ego-manic beliefs that lead him to challenge an army of "ten thousand men" believing none of them to be "of woman born". This
Once Prince Hamlet of Elsinore learns that his uncle, King Claudius, who has recently wed his mother, killed his father, his emotions become unstable and he becomes disillusioned with the world. He has planned to behave with an ‘antic disposition,’ however, whether his madness is methodic or authentic is uncertain. Hamlet’s frustration with the world is expressed: I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises, and, indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the Earth seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof, fretted with golden fire-why, it appeareth nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors. What piece of work is a
The narrator was disappointed and upset because his brother was different, the narrator wanted a normal brother; however, throughout the short story the narrator’s negative attitude starts to change. In the beginning of the The Scarlet Ibis, the narrator is upset that his brother is abnormal; also, the narrator feels embarrassed. The narrator stated “It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow” (Hurst 485). This quotation shows the narrator’s disappointment and cruelty towards his brother. The narrator is very cruel because he is willing to kill his brother because he is disabled.
Two wrongs don’t make a right, and in the play of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the characters had to learn that the hard way. Almost every tragedy of the play is caused by a character seeking revenge which usually ended up making the situation worse. Wrath was the leading sin responsible for all these misfortunes because it caused multiple strains in relationships, revealed the true nature of the characters, and created the desire for revenge. The play doesn’t really address the relationship of Hamlet and his mother before the death of his father and her remarriage to his uncle, but it would be hard to believe that it was worse than how it was after those two events. Hamlet lost all respect towards her and would make very derogatory comments
Throughout King Macbeth’s impassioned soliloquy in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, his insecurity and inferiority complex is highlighted as he strives to rationalize his position as king and murderer. At the beginning of his soliloquy, Macbeth declares that “to be thus is nothing” despite having committed heinous crimes to become this “nothing”. The parallel structure used in “to be thus” and “to be safely thus” juxtaposes what he has and what he lacks as king, indicating his feeling of inferiority in and his lack of worth of his stolen crown (48). By committing horrible sins to achieve the crown, he had soiled the title of it and demoted it into “nothing”. King Macbeth also reveals that he believes the Sisters placed “upon [his] head...a fruitless crown and put a barren sceptre in [his grip]”, exhibiting how he will not be able to leave behind a legacy as king and how Banquo’s sons will take over his already unstable rank.
Haemon and his father have several disputes that show, Creon pushing his son away in order to show his dominance. Creon calls his son a “soul of corruption, rotten through” which just reflects how cruel Creon had become, even when talking to his own son (836). This will be the last argument the two have before Haemon kills himself due to neglect and longing for Antigone. The power of the crown causes Creon to act instinctively rather than reasonably when deciding Antigone's fate. His loyalty to his power becomes priority over his family, when he decrees his nephews burial illegal.
In William Shakespeare’s well known play Hamlet, there are several acts of violence that often keep the readers on their toes constantly wondering what will happen next. It all begins with the death of King Hamlet and comes to an end with no royal family in control of the castle, Elsinore, in Denmark. Each character has their own unique motive for self gain throughout the play, but Hamlet has a strong drive for the dangerous game of revenge. Hamlet wants to earn justice for his father who had his kingdom, wife, and crown all stolen out from underneath him when his life is innocently taken by his greedy uncle. “To be or not to be?” is the question Hamlet often asks himself along his journey of revenge, where many emotional encounters and obstacles continue to test him.