This speech is his internal philosophical debate on the advantages and disadvantages of existence. While this soliloquy may seem like madness on the surface, it actually works to dispel the notion that Hamlet is truly mad. It makes clear the fact that Hamlet still has his senses and his madness is simply an antic. In this act, the king also becomes suspicious of Hamlet’s madness and is never quite convinced of it. His instructions to his henchmen from earlier in the play, “Get from him why he puts on this confusion” (2.1.2), imply that he perceives it as a pretense.
Hamlet calls himself a coward for not doing anything to avenge his father, but rather just staying depressed and weep all day. According to Bradley, “Hamlet was restrained by conscience or a mural scruple; he could not satisfy himself that it was right to avenge his father” (Bradley 4). Hamlet is aware of his constant delays, but still cannot ready himself to kill Claudius because of the excuses he continuously makes up. After criticizing himself, Hamlet sets up a plan that only prolongs his chance of killing Claudius. Hamlet says, “The play’s the thing/ Wherin I’ll catch the conscience of the King” (Shakespeare 2.2 616-617).
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.
Hamlet’s characterization of Claudius isn’t fair and is biased as a result of his grief and the image he holds up in his mind of his dead father. He seems to be caught up in the differences between Claudius and Old Hamlet; he doesn’t see that for all his damning of Claudius, he is much more like the new King in personality and character than he ever was like his dead father who he elevated to status of god on earth. In Hamlet’s failing to see Claudius as anything but an underhanded, murderous tyrant, Shakespeare gives the audience an opportunity to see all sides of the new King through other characters and lets the audience make up their mind as to whether Hamlet is right or wrong. In a way, Shakespeare ends up showing the stark humanity in Claudius, both his capacity for good and evil. Hamlet is distinctly against Claudius and who he thinks Claudius represents-that is the antithesis of everything his father stood for.
In order to capture the recurring theme of dishonesty, William Shakespeare uses the death of King Hamlet to force a façade of security and responsibility on the major characters in his play, Hamlet. Although King Claudius fails in comparison to his late brother King Hamlet, he still tries to portray king like traits and exemplify king like deeds. However, we quickly find that he is weak and faulty king not truly fit to rule. His character embodies irony to the fullest. Hamlet even refers him as a joke compared to his father.
As the play constantly piques the audience interest to take on the obligation to validate Hamlet’s means of vengeance throughout the play whether Hamlet is loyal to his father to kill Claudius with evidence and proof, or rather he has actually gone insane to escape from the truth. This ambiguous effect in the play could alter the overall view of the play, as the former is sinning for love of his father and the latter for insanity that would deteriorate his means of revenge. Hamlet first appearance to the play, he is sad, miserable, and hysterical, not over grieve of his dead father, but over his mother’s swift remarriage to the new king. In this scene, Hamlet does not carry himself up well throughout the scene, behaving in an adolescent boy manner that is not getting his way, reluctantly accepting his uncle’s deny on his choices for the future. However, at the presences of himself, Hamlet begins a violent expressive speech wishing he were dead, portrays the world as useless and disgusting.
Hamlet does not even know who Hamlet is, nor does his mother or his best friend Horatio. The main character of Hamlet, displays many traits we as humans face today. Hamlet is an extremely thought provoking tragedy with many twists and turns that make it hard to put down. This is because of Shakespeare's depiction of Hamlet, a young enamic man whose quest for truth ultimately leads to his downfall. Hamlet’s characterstics like sexaul deviancy and his contemplative nature allow him to be viewed as a three dimensional character that engrosses readers and allows them to make connections to Hamlet they otherwise would not have made.
Hamlet on the other hand has a very hasty and impulsive nature, but he learns to tame it as the book goes on. He starts off being a show off and following the ghost, then he learns about his fathers' murder which "drives him mad" (or so everyone thinks he is for no defined reason), but he does not let these emotions control him completely be... ... middle of paper ... ...ns hastily without much premeditated thought, while Claudius plots everything out before actually does anything. The morality of an issue worries Hamlet while Claudius has no appreciation for moral law. Finally, Claudius does whatever it takes to get power, while Hamlet does the same type of things, although they are not right he feels bad about them and has moral conflicts unlike Claudius who murders without moral consent. Shakespeare wrote in characters like Claudius to help his audience understand more about the main character.
Shakespeare’s Hamlet is an interesting play in many ways. The character Hamlet is particularly intriguing in regards to his fatal flaw. Hamlet’s fatal flaw is a specific trait that forces him to postpone killing the king and it is this trait that drives Hamlet mad (Shakespeare 1.4.23-38). This Shakespearean tragedy is open to many interpretations of Hamlet’s fatal flaw. Two recent film productions of the play, Kenneth Branaugh’s Hamlet and the Zeffirelli’s Hamlet, each show a different fatal flaw in Hamlet.
Unsure of this information, Hamlet plans to insert a few lines into the play a few actors are putting on, claiming “The play’s the thing, wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king” (Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 566-567). Claudius does react to the play, but as a Shakespearean villain, he is very skilled in the power of linguistics. Even when Laertes is about to kill him, he manages to calm him to prevent his own blood from spilling. He tells Laertes “...I am guiltless of your father’s death, and am most sensible in grief for it, it shall as level to your judgement pierce as day does to your eye” (Act 4, Scene 5, Lines 125-128). In other words, Claudius is telling Laertes that he grieves for Polonius’s death also, and says he is innocent as much as the sun shines.