After studying Hamlet's actions, one will notice that as the play progresses, his feigned insanity becomes less and less intentional and devolves into true mental illness. Major life changes bring about the rise of Hamlet's insanity. The play begins with Hamlet returning home to Denmark to discover that his father had died. Aside from his father's death, Hamlet also had to accept that his mother was now married to his father's brother, Claudius. In Hamlet's first soliloquy preceding his father's death, he tells the audience “O that this too, too solid flesh would melt.
Factors Contributing to Shakespeare's Hamlet Being a Great Play William Shakespeare's Hamlet, through the heroism and nobility of its hero, his superior power of insight into, and reflection upon, his situation, and his capacity to suffer the moral anguish which moral responsibility brings, is considered one of the greatest pieces of literature ever written. Throughout the play, Hamlet, through both soliloquies and actions, displays these characteristics, which make Hamlet such an important and intriguing individual. Hamlet's heroism and nobility displayed throughout most of the play, classify Hamlet as a tragedy that "towers above other plays of its kind." The main reason Hamlet is considered honorable and noble is because of the audience's sympathy for Hamlet. At the beginning of the play, he has just lost his father, and immediately his mother and uncle marry.
Even with Hamlet mourning over his father. The King speaks on Hamlets behalf, “ Tis sweet and commendable in your nature/ Hamlet, to give these mourning duties to your father.” the quote moved me a little. Even though with Hamlets Suspeions of his uncle killing his father the King is still more and willing to speak for him. The three guards come to hamlet and spoke to him about seeing his fathers ghost walking the halls at night. Hamlet had to see this ghost for himself.
This is also disturbing to Hamlet. John S. Wilks writes in J. Leeds Barroll's Shakespeare Studies how meeting the ghost of his father "...throws his conscience into doubt and error, must naturally begin with the malign source of that confusion, the Ghost" (119). Hamlet is also incensed when he learns the reason for his father's torture. Old Hamlet was murdered by his brother when he was sleeping. This leaves Old Hamlet walking in limbo for his afterlife.
The men try to figure out why the ghost has returned and decide that Hamlet should speak to his father’s ghost. Meanwhile, Prince Hamlet is at the castle with his mother, Queen Gertude, and her new husband, King Claudius, who is also Hamlet’s uncle. Claudius tells Hamlet that prolonged grieving for his dead father is not right. When they leave the room, Hamlet is alone to lament and think. "O God, God!
His death lays a foundation for the feelings Hamlet has towards his father and Claudius. In scene 2 the new King Claudius states to Hamlet “my cousin Hamlet and my son” referring to the marriage of his mother to Claudius and how he is now Claudius’s stepson. (I ii 66) We see as Hamlet responds with some bitterness in his words as he states “little more than kin and less than kind” and “I am too much in the sun”. (I ii 67, 69) The reference to this first statement is because Claudius is not only his uncle, but also is his father now, and that relationship is not right. With the second statement there is a hint of his respect and grief for his late father, and that Hamlet is like him.
Claudius, has taken the throne and has married the dead king's wife, Queen Gertrude. The members of the watch, including Prince Hamlet's loyal friend Horatio, are alarmed over the recent appearance of a ghost who resembles Hamlet's late father, and they plan to tell Hamlet about this eerie visitations. The Ghost of Hamlet's father speaks to his son directly and urges him to follow him to a one-on-one encounter. There he explains in detail of his horrid death and tells Hamlet that this heinous crime must be avenged and that it is up to his son to justify this by killing Claudius. “I am thy father's spirit; Doom'd for a certain term to walk the night, And for the day confin'd to wastein fires, Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature Are burnt and purg'd away.” Hamlet (Act I, Sc.
Hamlet is in a state of depression at the death of his father. He receives a visit from his father's ghost and realizes his family is more corrupt than he previously thought. This recent knowledge makes Hamlet become dark in nature—almost numb toward the people he once cared about. In Hamlet, Shakespeare creates a chronology of Hamlet's plan for revenge and the events that lead to his downfall. The readers begin to see a transition from a man—with once admirable loyalty—develop a cynical deportment, eventually ending in tragedy.
.] The hour comes, and the ghost walks” (35). Horatio and Marcellus exit the ramparts of Elsinore intending to enlist the aid of Hamlet. There is a social gathering of the court, where Claudius pays tribute to the memory of his deceased brother, the former king, and then conducts some items of business. Hamlet is there dressed in black, the color of mourning, for his deceased father.
Shakespeare's works depend on language. One of the most important dimensions of Shakespeare's language is imagery. Through the use of metaphors, similes, symbols, passages of heightened natural description, Shakespeare's writing, to a finer degree than other writers of his time, draws much of its life and power from imagery Individual speeches become richer with ranges of meaning and establish verbal patterns to connect characters together Studying the imagery of Shakespeare is an important way in which we can understand the meaning and the beauty of his dramatic art. In Elizabethan times, punning was very popular (which is almost second nature to each character in this play). In a good play, it is said, a style naturally reflects the character of the person speaking even though the same man in two different moods may speak in two different ways (Lipson and Lipson 14).