Hamlet Father Son Analysis

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No one has the enjoyment of dealing with their stepfather. Not only are they not one’s actual father, but one that has entranced their mother. Considering these details, the two must somehow form a father-son bond that simply will not happen. In the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, a mutual hatred is evidently seen from the Hamlet and Claudius. In addition, Claudius is now the King, adding more complexity to it. To make matters worse, Hamlet is also barred from seeing Ophelia, his love, due to his crazy ambitions. It isn’t until Hamlet learns of Claudius murdering his father that he may change the nature of his family relations. This new piece of information could lead Hamlet to removing his mother from an unlawful person, and later…show more content…
One prime reason was Laertes. Not only was he Ophelia’s sister, Hamlet was highly jealous of his fencing skills. When at Ophelia’s funeral, Hamlet did not want to love Ophelia less than Laertes did, where he exclaimed “I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her?” (V.i.270-273). The extension of rivalry between the two shows Hamlet’s renewed passion for Ophelia, including it in his goals as if he always believed in creating a new family on top of simply restoring it through revenge. In addition to beating out Laertes over his sister, he had another opportunity to overpower him in fencing. Despite being an obvious plot of the King, Hamlet wants to better Laertes and potentially end his struggles once and for all. Hamlet mentions that whatever may happen, “the readiness is all” (V.ii.212-214). Whether the result is his death, Laertes, the King, whoever, it will happen soon and the conflict will be over. He has accepted his failure in Ophelia and removing the King the way he originally planed. Before the fight, he declares to everyone that he was mad concerning his conflict with Laertes earlier and that his “madness is poor Hamlet’s enemy” (V.ii.230). Not only does this play into his cover up from earlier, it alludes to the fact that he is still mad in general, foreshadowing events such as him murdering the King and achieving his goal. In the end, Hamlet ruined his entire family and future, his mother died, he died himself, and his potential wife and brother in law died as

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