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.
He first says, “O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, thaw and resolve itself into dew! Or that everlasting had not fix’d his canon ‘gainst self slaughter!” (Hamlet, I, ii, 129-131). Hamlet reveals his God fearing character, and his apprehension towards Heaven’s punishment for suicide. The rest of the soliloquy explains as to why he is depressed, and ends with him declaring that he must keep it all to himself, essentially to hide his true opinion regarding King Claudius and Gertrude’s marriage. The next scene where Hamlet’s suicidal thoughts are exposed is after he realized that he needs to avenge his father’s death, even though Hamlet is evidently not the type of person t... ... middle of paper ... ...s for the smallest misdoing.
Depending on how I look at it, this prayer can make me feel sympathetic towards Claudius as I learn about the inner torture he is going through and how awful he feels about killing Hamlet's father. On the other hand, it also makes me more angry with him because I realize he fully understood how terrible what he did was, but he chose to do it anyway, and now he knows he should repent, but refuses to. As terrible as his guilty feelings are, they obviously aren't bad enough to make him change. Claudius still holds out some hope for himself, though, saying "All may be well." But he shows there really isn't much hope left, when, a few acts later, he plans Hamlet's murder to preserve the same things he killed Hamlet's father to get.
Cursing his own fate, Shakespeare utilises the rhyme to emphasise Hamlet's reluctance to carry out the revenge. Further depicted in "Thus conscience does make cowards of us all", Hamlet's consciousness is what causes his inner struggle to take action. Hamlet, as a young humanist, is conscious of how his rational beliefs prevent him from achieving his goals which require savagery inducing h... ... middle of paper ... ...otif of diseases to portray the underlying social corruption. Accentuated through the irony in "Diseases desperate grown by desperate appliance are relieved, or not at all", the recurring motif of diseases is again used to exemplify the drastic nature of corruption which has spread and the drastic means needed to be taken to rid the state of venality. Written during a period in which society believed in the natural order of the world, it was common ideology that the king was closely tied to the state.
Some critics go so far as to suggest that Shakespeare intended to show the tragedy of a weak-willed man, called upon to commit an act for which he is not properly equipped. These critics believe that Hamlet is a tragedy of weakness and absence of will. I would disagree, however, that Hamlet displays an absence of will. On the contrary, Hamlet constantly dwells on the info... ... middle of paper ... ...results in his inaction. ---------------------------------------------------------------------  Belsey, Catherine.
The need to be certain of a terrible after life in either hell or purgatory for Claudius is the result of an obsession with death causes Hamlet to delay in his revenge. Lastly, Hamlets inability to act when it is not just impulsive causes him to fail in his preferred delivery of revenge. Hamlets mind, which is his greatest asset, turns out to also be his greatest downfall as it leads to over thinking of everything and causes him to delay in his revenge. Works Cited Shakespeare, William, Marilyn Eisenstat, and Ken Roy. Hamlet.
Role Reversal in William Shakespeare's Hamlet Throughout William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, the audience attaches to the young protagonist Hamlet. Throughout the play, his wit, and his underdog situation, compel the audience to root for him, and thus wishing evil upon his foe, Claudius. As the play progresses, Claudius seems weasel-like as he rubs the situation in Hamlet's face, and indulges in decadent rituals while enjoying his scandalous throne. In act three, scene three, however, the humble side of Claudius is visible for the first time. As he prays for forgiveness in his soliloquy, we see that he truly regrets his spiteful crime.
Imagery enhances Claudius’ abhorrence of Hamlet. Shakespeare uses imagery in this play to deepen our understanding of the emotions experienced. The imagery of decay is used to help comprehend the depression Hamlet feels in his first soliloquy about suicide. "O that this too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew," (I;ii, 129-130) Hamlet is basically communicating that he wishes not to exist in this world anymore. He wants to die and be apart of the ground.
During various points in the play, Hamlet is presented with opportunities and chances to retaliate on behalf of his father. However, he lacks the resolve and guts to do so. Hamlet himself is discouraged by his lack of action; “But I am pigeon-liver’d, and lack gall” (Shakespeare 2.2.526). He calls himself a wimp who is not daring enough to kill Claudius and instead “must like a whore, unpack my heart with words” (2.2.535). Hamlet’s cowardice, in this part of the scene, is easily noticed.
Hamlet being a logical thinker undergoes major moral dilemma as he struggles to make accurate choices. From the internal conflict that the playwright expresses to us it is evident that it can kill someone, firstly mentally then physically. The idea of tragedy is explored in great detail through conflict where the playwright’s main message is brought across to the audience; Shakespeare stresses to his audience the point that conflict be it internal or external it can bring upon the downfall of great people and in turn have them suffer a tragic fate. It is Shakespeare’s aim to show us the complexity of man and that moral decisions are not easily made. Source Cited http://www.enotes.com/hamlet-text