Hamlet’s madness is questionable through Hamlet’s actions of real madness, feigned actions, and the reactions and opinions others have towards his madness. Throughout the play Hamlet’s acts antic dispositions progressively lead his downfall from feigned actions to real madness and the reactions of others to his actions further prove his state of mind as being unstable. .His madness becomes his overall reality throughout his journey to avenge the death of his father.
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 order to further investigate, Hamlet assumes an antic disposition and takes on the behaviours of a mad man. Throughout his play Hamlet, Shakespeare warns the audience against our own human psyche; furthermore he shows us that when we trust in unscrupulous sources, we fail to see the truth. A society founded on truth can Shakespeare illustrates
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.
William Shakespeare creates the character Hamlet as an anti-hero; a hero with countless flaws and characteristics of an average citizen. Throughout the Tragedy of Hamlet, a connection is created with the audience when exploring both hamartia and peripeteia within Hamlet as an anti-hero. Therefore, to connect with the audience, Shakespeare creates Hamlet as a hero with flaws, allowing for Hamlet to become further recognisable and relatable towards the audience. Shakespeare depicts Hamlet’s hamartia, leading him to travel down the incorrect path, causing his downfall. This hamartia is brought upon Hamlet when his circumstances change due to his peripeteia, which reverses his fortunes dramatically, causing his rationalized plans to collapse.
Hamlet’s imbalance in physical confidence and emotion acts as a catalyst for the plot. Hamlet’s lack in physical confidence is caused in part by his emotional saturation and emphasis on thought. Even though his father was murdered by his uncle in an act of treason - and most would argue jealousy, Hamlet is uncertain and frightened to express his accusations against Claudius. While the plot could propel exponentially into madness if Hamlet were to accuse Claudius, Hamlet’s decision to withhold the ghost’s revelation espouses suspicion in other characters toward Hamlet. Horatio and Marcellus gain suspicion when Hamlet reveals he will become strange and mad, “so help you mercy How strange or odd some’er I bear myself” (1.5.189).
Hamlet being a logical thinker undergoes major moral dilemma as he struggles to make accurate choices. From the internal conflict that the playwright expresses to us it is evident that it can kill someone, firstly mentally then physically. The idea of tragedy is explored in great detail through conflict where the playwright’s main message is brought across to the audience; Shakespeare stresses to his audience the point that conflict be it internal or external it can bring upon the downfall of great people and in turn have them suffer a tragic fate. It is Shakespeare’s aim to show us the complexity of man and that moral decisions are not easily made. Source Cited http://www.enotes.com/hamlet-text
William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth outlives its context as it explores human nature and Man’s struggle to find moral sensibility which relates to audiences of time. In Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth (1603) portrays a tragic hero, Macbeth, whose actions and thoughts are corrupted by his reckless ambition and inherent greed. Shakespeare further examines how this tragic flaw robs him of his moral and rational self. He further explores how this flaw has stripped him of virtues and nobility and leads to his damnation. Using Macbeth Shakespeare exposes the flaws of Man and in doing so he explores the very essence of human nature in audiences of all time.
This false sense of character is later when realized when Ophelia exclaims, “Lord Hamlet, with his doublet all unbraced...with a look so piteous in purport/As if he had been loosed out of hell”(2.1.80-85). Ophelia implies here that she cannot beleive the overall state of Hamlet, she believes that Hamlet no longer loves her. Overall, this is how a false sense of character leads Hamlet to his tragic downfall. To the same extent, Gatsby has a sense of false
(II.ii.293-297). The actions of the characters in Hamlet, from Hamlet's decision whether or not to kill Claudius to Gertrude's willful ignorance of her husband's doings, all lead to the often-gruesome fates that they encounter. Vengeance drives the central plot of Hamlet, as Haml... ... middle of paper ... ...faking it to fool Claudius. In conclusion, Hamlet’s insanity is much more ambiguous than his outright statement of putting on an “antic disposition” would imply. There are several moments in the play where he shows that he cannot really control his behavior, and right from the start he seems to be extremely emotional and violent in his outbursts.