(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.
Polonius, because he wishes to gain the favor of the new king by proving his own worth, is determined to find the reason for Hamlet’s madness. He thus spies on Hamlet and even forbids his daughter to see her. His connection to Claudius, and his spidery machinations are reasons for his downfall. &nbs... ... middle of paper ... ...nection with Claudius deserves to die and painfully if possible. Each character exhibits a tragic flaw that is fatal.
Religious estrangement: Hamlet feels self-actualized from following basic religious principles of living. This is shown by his lamentation that the everlasting had fixed his cannon against self-slaughter, thus preventing Hamlet from committing suicide at a time when he felt like doing so. If Hamlet were to kill Claudius, he would be violating a central religious principle against murdering another human being. This would make him feel guilt at having violat... ... middle of paper ... ...esire to extract revenge against Claudius, is also actively looking for ways to relieve himself of the psychological pain that harboring his obsession causes him, even if seeking psychological refuge in such ways might mean giving up on the endeavor altogether. 11) That Hamlet’s awareness, of the high risk of personal estrangement that he faces from his endeavor to extract revenge, is for him a source of great stress.
The Evil Hero in Hamlet and Macbeth Works Cited Not Included Although it is somewhat masked by Shakespeare, both Hamlet and Macbeth are portrayed as pernicious, vile villains whose atrocities echo the machinations of other conniving characters; they lose their heroism in their blatant lack of repentance and ignorance of morality. Hamlet himself states that even though "one may smile," he can also "be a villain" (Ham. 1.5.8), and he sacrifices human dignity in his insatiable bloodlust by wishing the praying Claudius a "more horrid hent" (Ham. 3.3.88). The alleged hero of the play is wickedly twisted under the Avon Bard's representation of a vicious young prince who fancies his shameless act of murder to transcend mere revenge, moving towards the barbaric slaughter of an obviously distressed king.
Should insanity be considered a curse or a blessing in disguise? In the play, Hamlet, by Shakespeare, there are many characters whose intentions were all masked by lies and deception. The character, King Claudius, often comes to mind since he was the one to spark the future sequence of events filled with violence and death that would occur in the play by killing King Hamlet; however, Prince Hamlet’s questionable character and sanity are often over-looked. Hamlet portrays his mental stability as rapidly faltering in order to seek the revenge of his father’s death. The need for revenge led to Hamlet’s idea to deceive those around him by seeming insane.
He creates uncertainty, anxiety, and ultimately discord throughout characters that transforms the story to welcome tragedy and death. Hamlet plays both the role of a hero and anti-hero. He is weak and cowardly initially but morphs into a revenge thirsty son that thrives to make rights of himself and others. Without this, Hamlet would simply be another story of uncomfortable character relationships. Works Cited Shakespeare, William.
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.
In the play, this is made clear that it is not enough as Hamlet seeks to prove Claudius’ guilt by attempting to “catch the conscious of the king”(II. ii. 605) as the play unfolds. He plans to observe Claudius’ behaviour throughout the play. As the play nears the end Claudius stands up and begins to yell as he is filled with anger by the ending of the play which portrayed the death of the king in the same fashion as King Hamlet’s murder.
Macbeth’s old honourable self descends to damnation leaving only his hubris highlighted by the threatening tone “yet I will try the last..i throw my warlike shield”. Shakespeare provides to audiences of all time with the life lesson that Man’s inability to control desires will leads to their eventual downfall and damnation. Macbeth further explores how the unchecked passions and greed of Man can corrupt his rational thoughts and actions. This ultimately develops into a loss of moral conscience and rationalism leading to their eventual damnation. Through Macbeth, Shakespeare exposes the flawed nature of Man’s values and audiences’ timeless struggle to find moral highground when corrupted by their desires.
Macbeth is the most horrific of Shakespeare’s tragedies because the protagonist commits such bloodthirsty acts. There are heaps of powerful themes, morals and symbolism introduced by Shakespeare to the reader. One of the more meaningful ones was the deterioration of Macbeth, a strong valiant hero with so much promise that ultimately fails and degenerates into a corrupt, merciless tyrant who choices to embraces evil. In general, despite Macbeth’s actions at the beginning of the play; where he quells a military coup against Scotland, his flaws determine his fate. Indeed it can be shown that Macbeth’s pride vulnerability, vaulting ambition, and over confidence brought him to kingship and change the tragic hero into a sinister tyrant, bringing him closer to his death.