The Evil In Hamlet Throughout the play Hamlet, evil thoughts and actions can be seen. The characters Hamlet, King Claudius, and Queen Gertrude consistently are influenced by the forces of evil. Evil becomes the controlling factor of the play and causes the characters thoughts and actions to be blurred. Hamlet’s thoughts are constantly darkened by suicide and death. Hamlet can be seen as suicidal in one of his first soliloquies.
Hamlet goes on to describe the world as "weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable" and compares it to an "unweeded garden” (Act 1. Scene 2. lines 133-135). Hamlet shows red flags for depression; however, he seems to be reacting as a normal person would to the death of a loved one, losing a sense of understanding and love fo... ... middle of paper ... ...with Hamlet because instead of relying on people to help him, he disrespects them and pushes them away. Further research is needed to determine which condition(s) may be behind his increasingly impulsive and violent behavior, Hamlet’s plan of faking insanity to avenge his father’s death eventually backfires and he winds up hurting those closest to him. What began as feigned madness slowly becomes reality.
The second soliloquy, which begins “O what a rogue and pleasant slave am I...”, Hamlet compares himself to a mythical character named Hecuba and wonders what the latter would do in his situation. He then accuses himself of being a coward who can’t even avenge his father’s dead. He also calls himself an idiot before devising a plan to remedy the situation. “To be or not to be...” (third soliloquy) is basically a debate on life and whether it is worth living. Hamlet here questions death and says that all men fear death.
In the beginning of Act One, Hamlet wishes he too could die because he is too distraught to live in the wake of his father’s death. Essentially his somber attitude and mentality toward life creates the overarching theme of death and tragedy which permeates through the entirety of the play. He states, “Oh, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew, or that the Everlasting had not fixed his canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! O God, God! How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable, seem to me all the uses of this world (I. ii).
In the modern day, William Shakespeare’s tragedy plays fascinate readers by highlighting characters’ flaws that lead them to their downfall. In the play Hamlet, William Shakespeare demonstrates the characters’ flaws make individuals victims of their own. According to Aristotle Men were full of self-control and were, therefore, responsible for their own actions. It was the tragic heroes own actions, then, that brought about the chaos and tragic events (Ref: Aristotle’s Poetics). To display the characters’ flaws, Shakespeare uses three main characters: Hamlet, Ophelia, and Claudius.
In today’s society, William Shakespeare’s tragedy plays fascinate readers by highlighting characters’ flaws that lead them to their downfall. In the play Hamlet, William Shakespeare demonstrates the characters’ flaws make individuals victims of their own. According to Aristotle, “Men were full of self-control and were, therefore, responsible for their own actions. It was the tragic heroes’ own actions, then, that brought about the chaos and tragic events” (“Aristotle’s Poetics”). To display the characters’ flaws, Shakespeare uses three main characters: Hamlet, Ophelia, and Claudius.
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.
Macbeth’s old honourable self descends to damnation leaving only his hubris highlighted by the threatening tone “yet I will try the last..i throw my warlike shield”. Shakespeare provides to audiences of all time with the life lesson that Man’s inability to control desires will leads to their eventual downfall and damnation. Macbeth further explores how the unchecked passions and greed of Man can corrupt his rational thoughts and actions. This ultimately develops into a loss of moral conscience and rationalism leading to their eventual damnation. Through Macbeth, Shakespeare exposes the flawed nature of Man’s values and audiences’ timeless struggle to find moral highground when corrupted by their desires.
Hamlet at the end of this soliloquy says in a defiant tone, "The play's the thing / Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King." (Act 2. Sc 2. lines 633-634) Hamle... ... middle of paper ... ... yet death is a permanent sleep. Hamlet reflects that humans suffer in this life because they do not know what the next life holds. Essentially, Hamlet comes to the realization that the fear of death makes men cowards.
By Hamlet considering all the reasons why people suffer through life, Hamlet concludes, “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all. And thus…this regard their currents turn awry. And lose the action” (3.1.84-89). Prince Hamlet had a myriad of opportunities from act 1 to act 3 to go ahead and kill himself. However each time he considers to rid himself of the earth, he finds subtle reason to stay, such as the fear of afterlife, being a coward, and being forgotten in death as his father; thus stopping his action as he had observed in other people.