Hamlet was written in the early 1600s.The tragedy of Hamlet is one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays. It is popular because of the way Shakespeare uses Hamlet to show the complexity of the human mind is. Shakespeare uses soliloquies to reveal Hamlet’s innermost thoughts. Through the soliloquies, the audience learns of Hamlet's struggle to face his internal conflicts, deciding when to avenge his father and his disgusted feelings about his mother’s lustful marriage. Also the soliloquies, which will form the basis of my essay, help the audience to trace Hamlet’s mental process.
Hesitation in William Shakespeare's Hamlet In Shakespeare?s Hamlet, a ghost tells Hamlet that his uncle, Claudius, is responsible for the death of his father. Hamlet is driven to reveal the truth of his father?s death and seeks to avenge his murder to achieve justice. In his quest to right the wrongdoing, Hamlet delays acting toward justice for many reasons. The main factor for Hamlet?s hesitation is attributed to his self-discipline. He lacks of ability to act on his emotions.
Hamlet displays his reluctance by deciding to test the validity of what the Ghost has told him by setting up a “play something like the murder of (his) father’s” (2.2.624) for Claudius. Hamlet will then “observe his looks” (2.2.625) and “if he do blench” (2.2.626) Hamlet will know that he must avenge his father’s death. In the course of Hamlet avenging his father’s death, he is very hesitant, “thinking too precisely on the event” (4.4.43). “Now might I do it…and he goes to heaven…No” (3.3.77-79) and Hamlet decides to kill Claudius while “he is drunk asleep, or in his rage, or in th’ incestuous pleasure of his bed” (3.3.94-95). As seen here, Hamlet’s contradicting thought that Claudius “goes to heaven” (3.3.79) influences him to change his plans for revenge.
Hamlet, the protagonist in the play, was told by his murdered father’s ghost to avenge his death, but because he was reluctant to follow the code, the play ends in tragedy. Closer analysis of Hamlet’s principle speeches offers a window to his evolving view of life and death. Hamlet repeatedly states his desire for suicide, but also questions the repercussions of taking one’s life. In the first soliloquy, the audience is introduced as to how Hamlet truthfully feels about his father’s death and Gertrude’s hasty remarriage to Claudius. He first says, “O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, thaw and resolve itself into dew!
The how and when of this vengeance becomes critical in the development of Hamlet the character. To fully comprehend the true essence of Hamlet as a son, a discoverer, and a destroyer, one must analyze each individual characteristic as revealed by Shakespeare (Nordling). It was not enough that Shakespeare just wrote the play, he also emphasized the character's thoughts and emotions through the soliloquies. In fact, the whole idea of drama is to feel, to an extent, what the character feels. However, in Hamlet, the use of the soliloquy offers the audience a gateway into the minds of the characters, and in this case it provides various reasons why Hamlet delays in exacting revenge.
Here again, Shakespeare attempts to justify Hamlet’s inability to act decisively. He writes, “As, in their birth, wherein they are not guilty (Act1 Scene 1 Line 26). Hamlet’s tragic flaw was shown to him in a dream by the ghost of his father. His father tells him that he was murdered by his uncle, Claudius. In this scene, the tragic flaw was transferred and manifested itself in Hamlet’s actions.
At the beginning of the play, Hamlet is unsure if he should seek revenge because he is not able to differentiate between appearance and reality. However, by the end of the play, Hamlet has realized that it is his fate to kill Claudius and seek revenge for the murder of his father. Also, Hamlet has found a deeper understanding of providence and realizes that the reality of his life is to avenge the death of his father. Works Cited DiYanni, Robert, Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry and Drama. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002.
He was tasked by the ghost of his father to kill Claudius in an act of vengeance, which would be considered noble (though in this case, it is a regicide avenging a regicide; treason for treason). The ideals of society demand that he... ... middle of paper ... .... Life is typically lived by deception and death is something we do not understand and thusly try to ignore. Life is chaotic and has only the meaning you apply to it. Once suspended in that false order, Hamlet finds himself facing the true chaotic nothingness of life and death after the murder and betrayal of his father. The ghost of king Hamlet requests the societal norm of vengeance and prince Hamlet finds himself wrestling with the whys and hows of this plot.
Hamlet utilizes his strength as an intellectual to use acting to expose the true states of the other characters. Following Hamlet’s initial encounter with the ghost of his father, Hamlet becomes focused on avenging his father. Hamlet makes the justice for his father a priority and “wipe away all trivial, fond records/All saw of books, all forms, all pressures past, that youth and observation copied there,/And thy commandment all alone shall live/Within the book and volume of my brain” (1.5.106-110). Hamlet’s desire for justice becomes an obsession, and as Rhodri Lewis discusses in Hamlet, Metaphor, and Memory, Hamlet is not honoring his father’s memory but instead is trying to rid himself of it. Lewis suggests that in Hamlet’s second soliloquy “Something has clearly gone awry with what Hamlet expected to feel when presented with the circumstances surrounding his father's death; although the young prince's meditations move swiftly enough, the... ... middle of paper ... ... at the end of the play.
Shakespeare is also foreshadowing Hamlet’s idea of using the players to prove that his uncle is guilty. The foreshadow is seen when Hamlet questions what would the actor do if he is given a script to feel, continuing on into the “stage with tears”. Hamlet starts to reconsider the idea of avenging his father’s death. He starts to believe he just doesn’t have the ability or the guts to do it in the end. He lacks emotional drive, yet he knows he still has a gut feeling he is in need to avenge his father’s murder.