Hamlet and David In Hamlet and The Mountain and the Valley, both literary pieces present us with two melancholic characters who live in conflict due to the dichotomy of their natures . Both Hamlet and David are similar because they are conflicted by foils and similar in the nature of this tragedy. Each has deep inner problems of conflict. Hamlet is first tormented by the death of his father, the king of Denmark. Then he is cast into utter agony when Gertrude, the mother he loves dearly is hastily married to his uncle, Claudius. Through a ghostly revelation, Hamlet learns that his suspicions that Claudius murdered his father are true. He becomes incensed and wants to enact revenge upon the guilty party. From this point on, Hamlet struggles with his plan for revenge that conflicts with his opposite contemplative nature. Hamlet does not take the opportunity to slay Claudius as he prays because he believes it will save his soul. His contemplative nature takes over regarding the ghost’s revelation and he decides to devise a play to pique Claudius’ conscience and make sure he is really guilty. Whenever Hamlet denies his true nature, his actions are very harsh. During a heated discussion with his mother Gertrude, he accidentally slays Laertes’ father, Polonius, thinking it to be Claudius. Hamlet quickly brushes it aside. He also sends his friends , Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, to their deaths when he learns of Claudius’ plot to have him put to death when he arrived in England as a so called diplomat. Hamlet cannot decide between a life of action and revenge, or contemplation and fate and he is genuinely concerned with the deeper truths upon which his life is ordered- fate and freewill. Ernest Buckler portrays the life of his main character, David Canaan, in conflict, through a slow moving metaphor from the valley to the mountain. David is a deeply intellectual character and like Hamlet has a conflicted dichotomous nature. One of his difficulties arise from the death of his girlfriend Effie. He feels guilty and responsible for. Also, when his friend Toby comes to the valley for the first time, David is torn between making Toby feel comfortable, while at the same time trying to avoid hurting his family’s feelings. David also feels separate from Joseph, his father, and Chris, his brother, who are much different from him. David is inflicted with an emotional and physical scar which is never healed because of an incident with Chris .
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She also banished him to the basement, forcing him to stand at the bottom of the steps (sitting was not allowed) and listen to them eat. When this first began, his father would sneak him food, but when the fighting progressed between his parents, he stopped sticking up for David. After awhile he would begin to lose hope and wish, he was dead. Just before he was saved, David had given up all hope on praying to god. He believed no one could save him from his miserable life. He was alone and he accepted it. He began to wish his mother would drop dead and feel the same, maybe even worse, amount of pain he had felt all those years. David also grew to hate his father whom he once admired. Dave hated himself as well. He thought that everything that was happening to him was his fault because he had let it go on for so long. He hated himself so much that he wished he were dead. Even school no longer had the appeal it once did for
I was most impressed by David’s strength, determination and bravery to outlast his mother’s beatings throughout the book. For instance, when his mother tried to burn him on the stove, Dave was determined not to let her do this to him. What he decided to do to try and stop her was to keep her
When Hamlet’s father was murdered by Claudius, difficulties arose between Hamlet and Gertrude to cope with one another. Hamlet got angry with his mother for remarrying Claudius, his father’s murderer, that he decides to be more rough towards her, simply to gain control over her.
David finds himself in many ways a main way being through love for family, especially after everything they have been through together. David's lives with his his dad and sister Jessica. His mother is in hospital with depression and his other sister JJ died at birth. His family is a bit crazy but they all love each other. He show his love for his dad when
Another character who faced adversity in his life was David. One can see this in the story because David states, “And dumb was how the kids treated me. They’d make fun of me every
...rectly after he decides not to stab Claudius at prayer because he wants to ensure that Claudius’ soul is “…as damned and black as hell, whereto it goes…” He does not want Claudius to be sent to heaven but rather to hell. This hasty decision can be seen as madness, but it also reveals the inner confusion within Hamlet because when he is finally bold enough to act, he acts too quickly and kills the wrong person, which shows how desperately he wants to prove himself a brave and noble son to his late father, and not “pigeon-livered.”
What makes matters worse is that Claudius marries Gertrude - Hamlet's mother, the King/Father's wife. Hamlet receives proof of Claudius' involvement when the ghost of his father visits him and says "The serpent that did sting the father's life now wears the crown." (Hamlet. Act 1, Scene 5, Pg.2). Now that Hamlet knows the truth and ordered to seek vengence by his father's ghost, he develops tremendous feelings of hatred and rage towards the uncle and begins to plan his murder. Even though Hamlet carries this weight of anger around with him and is seen by his peers and family as mad and crazy, he still manages to keep his wit and remains calm and patient in executing his plan. Unfortunately, the delay in his vengence did not come without additional tragedy as the story unfolds and other characters in the story end up perishing to include: his only love, Ophelia; the king's chief counselor, Polonius; his mother, Gertrude; and Opehlia's brother,
After the death of his mother David grew up under a father who drank a lot and slept with many woman. He resented it and it created a distance between them. His inability to bond with his father and the lost of his mother at a young age contributed to his inability to open up to people. His father acted more like a friend to him and so he didn’t have the emotional bonding that he needed growing up. This relationship
Shakespeare’s character of Hamlet was probably the most conflicted man I have ever read about. You have probably heard a people having family and internal problems before, but not like Hamlets problems. To start things off, Prince Hamlet was royalty. He had to live up to the expectations of his former relatives, or former kings and queens of Denmark. In the play of Hamlet, Prince Hamlet only trusted one person. That person was his friend, Horatio. Horatio was the only person on his side throughout the play. The conflicts for Prince Hamlet started with his father, King Hamlet, being murdered. Prince Hamlet was then left to become the rightful heir to the throne of Denmark. All of the sudden his uncle Claudius, his father’s
The loss of a parent can have a traumatic effect on one. It can lead he or she to a place of sadness, darkness and depression. In Shakespeare's revenge tragedy "Hamlet", the passing of the King stirs up the same emotions in the prince Hamlet. Although, it would be the starting point of his journey filled with deceptions, murders and conspiracy. After a visit from his dead father as a ghost, and the revelation of his uncle's betrayal, Hamlet embarks on a path to avenge the death of his father (Shakespeare). In the midst of all the lies and deceptions, before his ultimate downfall Hamlet achieves his goal of avenging the death of his father by killing Claudius, while liberating Denmark from a deceitful ruler; his uncle Claudius.
Hamlet by William Shakespeare is one of the world’s most revered literature. The main character, Hamlet, is arguably one of the most intriguing characters the playwright ever developed. Hamlet is daring, philosophical, mentally unstable at times, and clever. Throughout the play though, these characteristics change and/or diminish as Hamlet is put through a plethora of unfortunate events. His father is murdered by Claudius, his mother soon after marries Claudius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern betray him, and his girlfriend most likely commits suicide. While Hamlet is incredibly philosophical, indecisive, and full of resentment in the beginning of the play, he becomes violent, instinctive, caring and sympathetic towards the end of the play.
Throughout Hamlet, Prince Hamlet feigns insanity, takes his emotions out on others, and murders multiple people. In the beginning of Hamlet, Prince Hamlet appreciates honesty, loyalty, and truthfulness. Because of his honor for these character traits, he develops antagonism toward King Claudius. King Claudius killed his brother, King Hamlet, to gain the powers of a king and to marry King Hamlet’s wife, Queen Gertrude. Claudius is a shrewd, lustful, conniving king ("Hamlet: Analysis of Major Characters." ), whose egoistic actions are shown through his actions of deceiving Gertrude into believing that he wants the best for Hamlet by sending him to England; However, Claudius’ plan is to send Hamlet to England to be imprisoned and to have his head severed from his body. These antithetic characteristics disgust Hamlet and taint Hamlet’s views of his uncle, the usurping king of Denmark. Hamlet’s actions of feigning insanity are bolstered in
Hamlet was also ingenious, which can be seen when Hamlet has the chance to kill Claudius when he is in the church. He knows nobody is around and that it would be very simple for him to kill Claudius, who has his back towards him. He thinks about it though, compares the good and the bad and comes to a conclusion that he does not want to kill him if he is clean of sins for he should go to purgatory like his father. He questions everything; when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern come suddenly; he asks them and soon finds the concealed truth that they were called on by Claudius. Another example of that would be, when he first comes in contact with the ghost, Hamlet is very cautious about believing him and proves it himself before acting on the news that the ghost brings. To do this he had the players put on a play to show Claudius was guilty. Hamlet also has the qualities of a good friend. Throughout the play there are countless acts of deceit and other troubling things between relationships. The only two people who remain true to each other are Hamlet and
The play Hamlet by William Shakespeare is a dramatic tragedy that has made a long lasting impact on the theatre community for hundreds of years. In the beginning of the play the main character Hamlet discovers his father King Hamlet was murdered. Hamlet finds out his father’s murderer was his uncle now king Claudius. Hamlet fakes going mad to cover up his plans on how to kill Claudius. Murder for personal gain can lead to revenge, which can cause tragedy.