Shakespeare portrays the protagonist, Hamlet, as someone with a great emotional and physical capacity for self-sacrifice. Burdened with a heroic task of avenging his father’s murder, Hamlet chooses to put on an “antic disposition”. This leads him to willingly transform his identity by altering his values, beliefs and his self-image. Hamlet also chooses to sacrifices true love for Ophelia, his right to freely express himself, and ultimately his life as well. Shakespeare shows how an individual, when burdened by a difficult task, will sacrifice anything including his own life for the purpose of fulfilling that goal.
Hamlet. The son of a king. A man who could have had it all, but instead he chose the much more painful route of revenge and a life of bloodshed. The downfall of Hamlet is comparable to trying to hide a lie one has told. The deeper we try to cover the lie, the worse it gets and harder it becomes to do the right thing. The deeper the reader explores into Hamlets life, the messier and messier it becomes. With a mind full of suicidal thoughts and insanity with no effort to contain it can only lead one thing, and Hamlets downfall is the ultimate example. Pain, suffering, and extreme
At the heart of every great tragedy lies the universal struggle between the human inclination to accept fate absolutely and the natural desire to control destiny (Stockton). Like most of his plays, in Shakespeare’s masterpiece Hamlet one of the prevailing themes centers on the question, “Does fate and providence overrule man’s own choices and decisions?” Throughout the work, the main character Hamlet views Fortune in various differing lights as he plots and plans his revenge. This complex interpretation of Fate’s influence is also shared with Horatio, Hamlet’s most treasured friend. Their assessments seem to waver in different situations, or as they experience something in particular. Fate and Fortune, and Providence in all her ambiguity are all sometimes seemingly bound to the actions of man and other times they are inescapable.
Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is considered one of his four great tragedies. This play not only uses unearthly characters to instill fear, but it also uses foil characters to show the possible outcomes for the protagonist, Hamlet, himself. The crucial contrast Shakespeare creates between “what is” and “what seems to be” causes Hamlet, along with many other characters, to act in order to create the outcome they 9-want. However, no matter their attempts the play still ends with an inescapable tragedy for all of the characters.
One of the most popular characters in Shakespearean literature, Hamlet endures difficult situations within the castle he lives in. The fatal death of his father, and urge for revenge leads Hamlet into making unreasonable decisions. In William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, Hamlet’s sanity diminishes as the story progresses, impacting the people around him as well as the timing and outcome of his revenge against Claudius.
In Hamlet, the motif of a young prince forsaken of his father, family, and rationality, as well as the resulting psychological conflicts develop. Although Hamlet’s inner conflicts derive from the lack of mourning and pain in his family, as manifested in his mother’s incestuous remarrying to his uncle Claudius, his agon¬1 is truly experienced when the ghost of his father reveals the murderer is actually Claudius himself. Thus the weight of filial obligation to obtain revenge is placed upon his shoulders. However, whereas it is common for the tragic hero to be consistent and committed to fulfilling his moira,2 Hamlet is not; his tragic flaw lies in his inability to take action. Having watched an actor’s dramatic catharsis through a speech, Hamlet criticizes himself, venting “what an ass am I! This is most brave, that I, the son of a dear father murdered, prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell… [can only] unpack my heart with words” (Hamlet 2.2.611-614). Seeing how the actor can conjure such emotion over simple speech, Hamlet is irate at his lack of volition and is stricken with a cognitive dissonance in which he cannot balance. The reality and ...
William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, tells the story of the Danish Prince Hamlet and his tragic attempt to seek revenge. Through Hamlet’s journey, Shakespeare addresses the psychological trauma that can be caused by internal turmoil. A dark personal desire mixed with a strong set of morals, tears at Hamlet’s sanity. This internal battle is capable of causing severe damage to a person’s psyche. War inside of one’s mind is able to create mass destruction, as the swords of conflicting thoughts strike at and cut one’s sanity into pieces. The catalyst of this violent struggle in Hamlet’s mind is his father’s death, more importantly, his murder. When an apparition visits Hamlet and divulges the dark secret that Hamlet’s uncle Claudius, the King of Denmark, has murdered Hamlet’s father to take the throne of Denmark,
The famous “To be or not to be soliloquy” spoken by Hamlet in act 3 (scene 1), questions whether the concept of life is worth the troubles faced by people or whether running away from the problems is worth it. “For who would bear the whips and scorns of time/ Th’ oppressors wrong, the proud man’s contumely/ the pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,...” suggests that...
In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the playwright depicts the ideas that when individuals become consumed by fear, their ability to take adequate actions to improve their circumstances diminishes, which often results in an internal battle due to the interplay between fear and foresight.
King Hamlet, Hamlet’s father, prior to his death was a faithful and honorable man, however, not without transgression. Shortly after his death, he sought out young Hamlet, as he was doomed to walk the earth, “Till the foul crimes (his sins) … are burnt and purged away.” (Hamlet, p. 28) For that very reason,