Notably, the ghost tells Hamlet to enact his revenge in the opening scenes of the play; he seems hesitant, as if he questions death for the first time. Hamlet wants to make sure that Claudius did in fact kill his father, so he sets up a play to re-enact the crime scene and to Hamlet’s content, Claudius disp... ... middle of paper ... ...death of him. Hamlet’s obsession and numerous contemplations about death sets himself in the undesired direction of suffering with the deaths of his father, Ophelia and Polonius, all whom he believed were undeserving. His will to continuously get himself into situations that inflict a great deal of emotional stress is astonishing, and his change in attitude about his indecisiveness about murder is not beneficial, rather it kills him in the end. Having a healthy fear of death is normal --one must realize death is unavoidable, while constant thought about death creates unhealthy anxiety.
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Basically, this type of play consists of a murder that has to be avenged by a relative of the victim (DiYanni 1394). Ultimately, the play is about a son that is called upon by the ghost of his father to avenge his death. On the surface, the play about Hamlet may appear to be a typical revenge tragedy. However, crime, madness, ghostly anguish, poison, overheard conversations, conspiracies, and a final scene littered with corpses: Hamlet subscribes to the basic ingredients of the formula, but it also transcends the conventions of revenge tragedy because Hamlet contemplates not merely revenge but suicide and the meaning of life itself (DiYanni 1394). There are three crucial points in the plot in which Hamlet expresses his particular thoughts and positions.
In the beginning of “Hamlet”, the ghost of Hamlet's father appears on the scene, and asks Hamlet to avenge his death. By that he is put in a position where he had to accomplish that task, but in secrecy, so he decides to fake his madness. His behavior and moods throughout the play frequently change. So, Shakespeare basically leaves the audience to decide whether Hamlet is truly mad or not. Throughout Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet's questionable madness is explored through his real madness, actions, and the reactions of others towards his behavior.
He decides that he needs to prove whether or not there was foul play in his fathers death, so he could avenge his father in good conscious. Later on in the play, Hamlet is informed that a group of actors are arriving, and he decides to put them to work in order to determine whether or not Claudius is to blame. This is the first time Hamlet displays any personal doubt in the ghost, which relates to him not being able to commit the act of revenge and his overall lack of action. By the ... ... middle of paper ... ...t Claudius being responsible for all the deaths, and even though Hamlet is also poisoned, he manages to finally perform his revenge by stabbing Claudius and making him drink the poison. The dramatic ending highlights revenge as a theme in both the murder of Claudius, but also the rest of the characters deaths show the consequence of Hamlets inaction.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Many people consider a tragedy to be a play or story, which includes an element of death and disaster, the play Romeo and Juliet fits into this category. With their fate already mapped out, Shakespeare ends the secret love affair of Romeo and Juliet with their deaths. The tragedy has a didactic purpose; Shakespeare wants the audience to learn how to avoid making the same mistakes as the characters. Shakespeare cleverly begins the play with a prologue, which sets the scene for the rest of the play. The prologue tells us about an “ancient grudge” between two families and how only the deaths of “star-crossed lovers”, one from each enemy, could end the feud.
when one is given a task which conflicts with their morals, one must stop and consider the nature of their actions and whether it corresponds with their morals and usual behavior. Failure to do so will lead to many consequences, In the play Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, the main protagonist, Hamlet, is asked to avenge his father, King Hamlet, who was murdered by his brother while sleeping. Hamlet is troubled throughout the play as he attempts to resolve his inner conflicts in order to complete the task of revenge bestowed upon him by the late King Hamlet, but as with all revenge plays the hero must suffer a tragic death. Hamlet’s inner conflicts lead to his demise by providing Claudius with too many hints and too much time increasing his awareness towards Hamlet’s suspicious activity. Hamlet’s inner conflicts are composed of his morals – wanting to justify his actions according to them-, his distrust of women as a result of his mother’s marriage, and his failure to feign madness properly.
As the play goes on, Hamlet's tendency of thinking too much causes him to become mad. Hamlet's focal problem is his madness. As the play progresses, Hamlet's moral perspective on life begins to alter. The first change in his morality occurred following Hamlet's first visit from the ghost. Hamlet is told by the ghost to avenge his father's murder.
Why, this is hire and salary, not revenge. --Hamlet III.iii.73-79 Hamlet becomes truly committed to revenging his father's murder after the Mouse Trap scene in Act II in which the guilt of Claudius is clearly brought forth. His little play had a two fold effect which spurs Hamlet forward. First of all, by mimicking the exact way in which Claudius killed his brother and married his sister-in-law, Claudius knew that Hamlet was on to him. The second effect may or may not have been intend by Hamlet, but the murderer in his play happened to be the nephew of the king, which may have been interrupted by Claudius as Hamlet's future intentions.