William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a play full of sorrow and excitement, its full of gore and
In Shakespeare's tragic epic Hamlet, one man is torn between loyalty of his new king or the revenge of his old king and past on father. Should Hamlet lose everything while his uncle controls what should be his? Many things led to the down fall of Hamlet some of them are the murderous acts of Claudius, the act loyalty to revenge the death of a king and father, and the great depression that Hamlet struggles to control.
Hamlet none other than the underlying thought of doubt, shape the play and its characters in such a dramatic way. In fact the plays main questions and events all come about due to some doubt and uncertainty from any multitude of characters. Although a common theme for many no other one character portrays this literary theme and crippling condition then the stories main focus and protagonist, prince Hamlet. Hamlet struggles with believing the evidence brought to him of his fathers death, and goes through much indecision and pondering about life, death and his future endeavors before he eventually fufils his purpose. Hamlet even after he’s chosen his path is crippled by his chronic indecision and failure to act, and in the end is brought down by it. Through Hamlet we are clearly shown that doubt and thought have there place, but too much can and in hamlets becomes his downfall.
Ecclesiastes 7: 17 said “Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time?” Suicide is an important part in the bible. It is one of the things that is considered a sin in Christianity. The bible has lessons and commandments for Christians to follow and those lessons are represented in books. In the early 1600’s religion was an important part of people’s lives and writers incorporated it into their writings. William Shakespeare wrote Hamlet in the early 1600’s and he wrote about religion while he was writing about a prince’s revenge on his uncle. His uncle killed his father and he was prepared to take revenge. Hamlet and Christianity are both about the good, the bad and the afterlife which makes Hamlet a Christian play.
In Hamlet, Shakespeare follows regular convention for a
large part of the play. In the beginning, Shakespeare sets up
the scene, having a ghost on a dark night. Everyone is
working and something strange is happening in Denmark. It
is as if Shakespeare is saying that some kind of foul play has
himself to a mythical character named Hecuba and wonders what the latter would do in
Shakespeare’s characterization of Hamlet changes through the course of the play. It is most evident in an examination of his soliloquies. The progression of Hamlet is from an innocent person to a murderous madman.
In Lesson 19 of the videotape “Literary Visions';, the actor performs two interpretations of the monologue, “To be or not to be';. As said in the video, there are many ways that an actor can choose to interpret that particular speech in Hamlet. Many actors relish the opportunity to perform Hamlet, because of that particular speech. In a play, the actors’ interpretation of the character is what gives the audience the background and insights into the characters’ feelings, since there is not a narrator, like in a short story. Each actor’s version of Hamlet is different, and therefore the interpretation by the audience will be different. There is not a right or wrong interpretation, but a change in the actor’s tone of voice or facial expressions, can transform the meanings of the words. As seen in the video, the actor’s two interpretations of “To be or not to be'; from the video are very different from each other.
Something was definitely rotten in the state of Denmark! The king was dead of a terrible murder, a betrayal from his own brother, and young Hamlet was enraged with a sense of needing to seek revenge, which came with his father’s passing. You might think that this sort of revenge would come in the form of a crime of passion; something that would be quick and bloody. This was not the case in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as the young prince unexpectedly drew out his plans for revenge over a large amount of time due to his own weakness of numbness.
The appearance of madness and the reality of sadness are common occurrences after an unexpected experience of sorrow. The protagonist appears mad while the antagonist stays reserved and in control even with the guilt of killing his own brother. The appearance of sadness and madness play a role with select characters. Select characters, Hamlet and Claudius, in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, portray characteristics of a villain, while one acts as a villain with manipulation and murder, the other ponders over villainous acts. Without Claudius influence on Hamlet’s revenge, none of the deaths would have occurred, thus making Claudius a deadlier villain than Hamlet.
me to know’t, that I, with wings as swift as meditation or the thoughts of love,
Hamlet, a play by William Shakespeare, was written in approximately the middle to late 1590's, while Shakespeare's work was flourishing, and his company was putting up the Globe Theater. Shakespeare was a profound writer, and Hamlet is considered to be his most prolific writing, and is a favorite among the readers. It is a tragic tale of conspiracy, death, disease, and a young man's struggle to avenge his father's murder.
Hamlet’s self destruction is due to his reluctance to accept the role that he has been cast in. His reluctance leads to his delay which is the reason for his self destruction. His delay causes him to over think situations. He delays by spending his time pondering about situations and making plans that do not solve the heart of the problem; until the very end.
In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the main character, Hamlet, is often perceived by the other characters in the play as being mentally unbalanced because he acts in ways that drive them to think he is mad. Hamlet may very well be psychotic; however, there are times when he “feigns insanity” in order to unearth the truth surrounding his father's death. This plan seems to be going well until Hamlet's mental state slowly begins to deteriorate. What began as an act of insanity or antic disposition transitions from an act to a tragic reality. After studying Hamlet's actions, one will notice that as the play progresses, his feigned insanity becomes less and less intentional and devolves into true mental illness.
While most people believe that Hamlet went mad for one reason, being that he saw his father's ghost, what Hamlet actually did was convince those around him that he was mad. When in reality, he was only pretending to be mad for one reason which was that he was seeking revenge for his father and Uncle, all he can think about is blood. He says, “O, this time forth, my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth.”1 This is the indication that he has made a decision. He mentions that if you only think about what you want, rather than act upon it, you will never get it.