Using the idea of external conflict, the playwright is able to demonstrate the aftermath of a difficult decision, leading to personal moral dilemma. This is made evident to the viewer when Hamlet kills Claudius. External conflict is used to explore Shakespeare’s view that man is a complex individual and that all actions have a consequence. The conseque... ... middle of paper ... ...proach; via another character. Shakespeare uses conflict in Hamlet as a way of exploring ideas.
The comparison between dialogue and soliloquy in Shakespeare’s Hamlet provides an alternate perspective upon a potentially perplexing protagonist, whose erratic and changeable behaviour has obstructed audiences from forming definitive conclusions. Whilst the conditions of soliloquy lend itself to the protagonist speaking truthfully, this inference can only be made by linking the concerns Hamlet expresses in soliloquy to the course of action he undertakes, whereas in a play so deeply riddled by false appearances and deliberate self-restraint, critics remain in conflict as to the true nature of Hamlet himself.
This is due to the multiple betrayal Hamlet witnesses within the play; from his own mother to his lover (Ophelia). Throughout Hamlet William Shakespeare explores the ides of self-denial and evolution of individual personality; by using Hamlet as a conduit Shakespeare states that individuals must understand their problems and adapt accordingly instead of living in an illusion.
William Shakespeare's Hamlet Act Two, Scene Two The second soliloquy is divided into three parts: * Hamlet’s feelings of cowardice and worthlessness for not fulfilling his own promise after witnessing a scene from the Player that is filled with passion and emotions ( 560-587). * Hamlet then comes to realize that he must take action upon Claudius and with an explosion of anger, plans to do so (588-594). * Hamlet plans to test Claudius to see if he is really guilty by adding a scene like the murder of his father into the play (595-617). Section 1 1. In his soliloquy, Hamlet conveys a tone of worthlessness.
Appearance versus reality is the difference between what seems to be, and what truly is. Society experiences this, as sometimes someone appears to be your friend, when they are actually working against you. Many people hide their true identities, keeping up an appearance different from their own. Many pieces of literature utilize this theme, and a notable example would be Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Many of the characters appear to be acting in Hamlet’s best interests, but are really plotting against him, and Hamlet himself puts on an appearance of madness, unlike his own sanity.
While Hamlet tries to pick up the pieces of his shattered idealism, he consciously embarks on a quest to seek the truth hidden in Elsinore; this in contrast to Claudius' burning attempts to hide the truth of murder. Deception versus truth; illusion versus reality. Throughout the play Hamlet struggles between them. Hamlet and his sanity can arguably be discussed throughout the play. Many portions of the play supports his loss of control in his actions, while other parts uphold his ability of dramatic art.
In order to capture the recurring theme of falsehood, William Shakespeare uses the death of King Hamlet to force a trickery of security and responsibility on the major characters in his play, Hamlet. The audience rapidly discovers that masks don’t just hide physical appearances and actors aren’t just simply for theatre, they exist all around us. Everyone has the ability to create multiple identities in order to achieve a darker goal but whether or they access this ability is based on the integrity of that person. Shakespeare wanted to make a bold statement of fake personalities through his play Hamlet. False personalities will eventually fall under the force of the truth.
During various points in the play, Hamlet is presented with opportunities and chances to retaliate on behalf of his father. However, he lacks the resolve and guts to do so. Hamlet himself is discouraged by his lack of action; “But I am pigeon-liver’d, and lack gall” (Shakespeare 2.2.526). He calls himself a wimp who is not daring enough to kill Claudius and instead “must like a whore, unpack my heart with words” (2.2.535). Hamlet’s cowardice, in this part of the scene, is easily noticed.
Strings of adjectives describing all sorts of horrible sins are attached to the king as well as his own name. The king is a treacherous, kindless, “bloody, bawdy villain!” As Hamlet’s anger both at the king and himself radiates from the speech, so does his inner confusion. There are two choices open to him—revenge or cowardice as he sees it. Shakespeare uses words and ideas to remind the reader of this fact throughout. Hamlet refers to “heaven and hell,” showing that Hamlet knows that only one course of action is just, yet he is in doubt.
He is completely sensitive to his family crisis and bewails his inability to act, adding to his feeling of uselessness and anger. He thinks of himself as a lowly man—feeling ashamed because an actor is able to produce emotions for fictional person, while Hamlet is experiencing a true tragedy and yet he cannot even act his part. Due to his regret, Hamlet feels so angry and hopeless that he curses himself saying: “He is an ass, a whore and a scullion”. He makes excuses and seeks diversions about viewing himself as a coward. He is lost because he cannot achieve his goal.