Shakespeare uses the revenge plot to create conflict between Laertes and Hamlet by having Laertes avenge his father's and sister's death which Hamlet is responsible for. After learning of his fathers unnatural death, Hamlet decides that he can no longer trust anyone, except for Horatio. While acting out his madness, he visited Ophelia and cut off his ties with her because of his distrust for everyone. In Act III, when Hamlet talks with his mother, he notices that he is being spied upon. Thinking that it is the king, Hamlet mistakingly kills Polonius who was hiding behind a big rug, which for some medeval reason, was hung on the wall.
For example, when Claudius sets up the plan of poisioning Hamlet in the duel he ends up killing Ger... ... middle of paper ... ...is uncle, Claudius for taking the throne, his mother, his money and the crown. Therefore yes, Hamlet is obssesed with wanting to kill his Claudius. Claudius' Greed for power is to blame for all the tragedies in the play Hamlet. Claudius was jellous of his brother and did go through exstemes inorder to gain power through greed. Relying on others was another tragedy.
Shakespeare uses the dramatic elements of plot, characters, and dialogue to illustrate the theme of corruption in Hamlet. Shakespeare uses plot to show the theme of corruption. In the rising action, the spectators are revealed that Claudius is the villain, not only did he murder his own brother but married his widow only two months after her husband’s death. Polonius describes Hamlet being mad because of the fact he had been away from Ophelia. The king decides to use her against Hamlet to see if she is the reason.
In the end, Ophelia, Claudius, King Hamlet, Laertes, Polonius, Gertrude, and Hamlet all end up dead. Their deaths result from Claudius’ desire for power and wealth and Hamlet’s desire for revenge. The conversation between Hamlet and Gertrude, in which he warns her against his uncle, plays a huge role in affecting the story. By ignoring Hamlet’s wishes and understanding what he was trying to tell her, the two men destroy their family. Works Cited Greenblatt, Stephen , Walter Cohen, Jean Howard, and Katharine Maus.
Hamlet knows that having the correct facts is so important because without hard evidence he may unjustly kill his uncle and have to d... ... middle of paper ... ...set with Hamlet for murdering his father, Polonius, and conspires with King Claudius against Hamlet. After all these tragic events it gets worse, Hamlet’s two very best friends plot against him, it drives him mad. It all starts with an act of insanity, then there is less acting involved and it finally ends up as Hamlet’s reality and tragedy for all. In conclusion, Hamlet could be considered insane, it is not just an act. In the beginning of the play, Hamlet is acting mad in order to avenge his father’s death, therefore he is able to gain vital information regarding King Hamlet’s death.
As mentioned frequently throughout the play, Claudius assassinates Old Hamlet with the coward’s weapon of poison for both political and envious reasons. As such, Old Hamlet appears in the form of a ghostly spirit to inform his son that the only way for him to have a sorrowless and restored soul is if Hamlet were to murder the newly reigning king in the name of justful retaliation: “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder… but know, thou noble youth,/the serpent that did sting thy father’s life/now wears his crown. (1.5.25,38-40) Relevant to this comment, Old Hamlet portrays the ramification of his death as “unnatural”, insinuating that the action was heinous. Furthermore, Old Hamlet goes on to describe Claudius as an “Incestuous, adulterous animal. With his clever/with witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts/o wicked wit and gifts, that have the power/so to seduce!” (1.5.42-45) Evidently, the ghost has a sheer hatred towards Claudius for his foolish wrongdoings.
Claudius is smug at the onset of the play because he appears to have gotten away with killing King Hamlet, Gertrude?s late husband and Hamlet?s father, in order to ascertain the King?s title and woo Gertrude. He has committed selfish and murderous acts that, in the belief of the time, would damn his soul. In fact, in one soliloquy in Act III, scene III, he admits to himself that he feels no remorse for what he has done, saying, ?But, O, what form of prayer can serve my turn...I am still possessed of those effects for which I did the murder _ my crown, mine own ambition, and my queen? (lines 54-58). The deception that Claudius has commited puts the responsibility of avenging his father?s death on young Hamlet, something that he proves unable to accomplish until the very end of the play, despite several attempts to muster the courage.
The Plague of Revenge In William Shakespeare 's play, Hamlet, after Hamlet’s father is murdered with poison by his brother Claudius, the contagion of vengeful actions begins to plague the people in the kingdom. Hamlet Sr. and his death are symbolic of the kingdom as a whole. Once he is poisoned the evil deeds of King Claudius begin to spread throughout Elsinore. Hamlet puts on an antic disposition and decides to seek retribution after speaking with his father’s ghost, and uncovering the truth about his death. The tainting of Hamlet’s mind and his need to seek revenge against his uncle ultimately leads to Hamlet’s insanity and demise towards the resolution of the play.
”Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” (I.v.25). As with every character in the play, Old Hamlet’s life was taken for one person’s selfishness or greed. His life was taken by the hands of his own brother for the power of being King. In order to ensure that his uncle was indeed the man who took his father’s life, Hamlet looked upon his reaction in a play that re-enacted the method in which he took his life. Sure enough as soon as the deadly liquid was poured into the actor’s ear, the face of guilt overcame King Claudius.
Laertes becomes insane later in the play when he works in collusion with King Claudius to kill Hamlet. It is true that Hamlet is culpable for what he had done, but Laertes’s desperate act of revenge leads him to his own death which could be call as insanity. When Laertes said that ”Why, as a woodcock to mine own springe, Osric. I am justly killed with mine own treachery… here I lie, Never to rise again”(5.2.311-324), Laertes realizes he took the wrong path in search for revenge and it backfires him in the end. These two quotes supports Shakespeare’s claims by saying that revenge can drive you crazy and it