86). This leads to the duel where Laertes takes action against Hamlet by poisoning his sword. Had Hamlet not reconcidered his own guilt and confessed to Laertes, the tragic ends of both himself and Laertes may have been avoided. He thought himself above secular consequences and this line of thinking resulted in tragedy. Had Hamlet acted directly and not gone through his thought prossess, Claudius would have been killed at Hamlet's first opportunity.
Hamlet in William Shakespeare's Play In this essay I am going to consider the elements which illustrate whether Hamlet is a weak revenger, a man with a fatal flaw, a misfit in a treacherous world and the instability of his consciousness. Hamlet’s first soliloquy has crucial significance to the play as it accentuates his internal conflict caused by preceding events such as his father’s death, and distaste for Claudius. The troubled traits of Hamlet are communicated well by the imagery that is used in this soliloquy. Hamlet says that he wants his "too too solid flesh" to ...melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew". This goes alongside, "How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world", where the chain of downbeat adjectives, display how difficult Hamlet’s emotional state is.
As a result of the two entities, envy can make a character to overthink. For instance, to further his plan with seeking revenge on Claudius, Hamlet states: “Oh, from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!” (4.4.65-66). This explains his passion towards killing Claudius and forgetting the rational idea of the damaging effects that could occur after this deed is done, such as Hamlet risking his own life. Furthermore, the envy present in the play encouraged Hamlet to think irrationally and continue with his plan on avenging his father. In the little play where Hamlet makes the players change their lines he says: “Is it not monstrous that this player here, but in a fiction, in a dream of passion, could force his soul so to his own conceit…” (2.2 510-512).
Deceit, mystery, murder, and betrayal are all very captivating and together have the makings for a daytime soap opera. In this case, however, they are a part of the tragedy of Hamlet. The most regaling aspects of this play, despite the entertaining and compelling qualities just mentioned, are the revenge and the surprisingly unappealing nature of the main character, Hamlet. Throughout the play, Hamlet makes stupid choices that will ultimately lead to his own death, and the death of many around him. Hamlet should not be identified as a courageous hero seeking to avenge his father but instead as a coward lacking determination.
As he prays for forgiveness in his soliloquy, we see that he truly regrets his spiteful crime. This soliloquy deepens the play as it pulls the audience's emotions towards the middle, creating more mystery and suspense. Until this moment, Claudius puts on fronts of genuinity, yet they seem only for the purpose of public image. For example, when he exalts Hamlet as "the most immediate to our throne", despite its paradoxical nature, he is simply disguising his evil. However, in this soliloquy, he is alone (hence, SOLiloquy), and has no one to impress.
This signifies the beginning of Hamlet’s mental deterioration and his inn... ... middle of paper ... ...reme provocation which does not betray either moral code. In conclusion Hamlet is portrayed as a different type of tragic hero, one that is not undermined only by his own fatal flaw but by the direct result of faith in a system that is, in itself, flawed and unjust that holds power over the universal man. Hamlet is idolised because it is commendable for any heart to try, even if they sometimes stumble, to remain honourable and just when confronted with all the wicked things that surround us. References: Wilson Knight, G. 1957. Embassy of Death: An Essay on Hamlet.
‘Shakespeare’s heroes not only are obviously subject to the evanescence of human passion, but they constantly protest against it, and that consciousness and ultimately unavailing protest constitute a substantial part of their suffering”(Kirsch 87). Tragic characters are afforded many opportunities to resolve situations but it seems, driven emotions have blinded them from avoidable flaws, especially in the case of Prince Hamlet. Hamlet, one of the most, memorable characters, embodies the term tragic hero. Shakespeare introduces the young prince, by displaying his innocence contrasted to the evil that encompasses him. The murder of his father as well as the impul... ... middle of paper ... ... Works Cited Tiffany, Grace.
William Shakespeare covers all the twists and turns of the play with a very proportionate length that is enough to arouse pity and fear in the audience. Some critics might say that Hamlet is fails in his planning, but I think Hamlet succeeds in proving his uncle guilty in front of people he wanted to, and people do have empathy towards him and don’t find him the wrong one. Although that is how a tragedy is supposed to be, the tragic hero will try to move the natural balance and would never achieve the outcome he wants to have correctly. Moving on towards the three unities, Aristotle discussed two of them only –Unity of Time and Unity of Action. This should be kept in mind that it were the critics who further added unity of place not Aristotle.
Hamlet is a prime example of this, with perhaps as many different ways to look at it as there are pages in the script. The matter of Hamlet's role in his own demise is one of the play's greatest ambiguities and as such it is impossible to attribute it to one factor, in fact it is the delicate balance struck between unfortunate fate and foolish behaviour that makes Hamlet such a great tragedy. However, the impact of these outrageous twists of fate could have been dampened if not completely averted had Hamlet not reacted as he did and so it is fair to say that overall Hamlet is the one to blame for his own death.
To die…ay, there’s the rub, For in that sleep of death what dreams may come” Hamlet is essentially contemplating the morality of suicide, but is worried that h... ... middle of paper ... ...s hinder him for most of the play. Fortinbra like Hamlet is intent on avenging his father, but he is able to integrate all of his archetypes as part of his psyche, and does not lose his voice of reason in the pursuit of violence. Works Cited Maslow, A. H. A Theory of Human Motivation. 1943. http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Maslow/motivation.htm>. Steel, Piers Ph.D.