Hamlet himself is deeply troubled by what he views as his mother's betrayal of his father and refuses to appear cheerful. He is very excited to be told of the ghost and plans to meet with it that night. Laertes bids farewell to his sister, Ophelia, and his father, Polonius, who is a royal counsellor. Both men warn Ophelia against the attentions of Prince Hamlet. Meanwhile, on the ramparts, the figure tells Hamlet that he is his father's ghost, that he was killed by Claudius and that he wants Hamlet to take revenge.
Hamlet loves his mother dearly in the beginning of the play. In Sova’s article “Hamlet” she explains how Hamlet’s ghost father tells him to leave his mother alone, “leave her to heav’n.” Hamlet obeying his father’s orders leads readers to believe that he loves his mother even if she did marry his father’s brother. However at the end of the play his mind is overtaken by the thought of his mother’s sexual actions with Claudius and he is not able to think. In “Love in Hamlet” Rosenberg explains that “his confusion over his mother’s involvement with Claudius raises for Hamlet the question of whether all women are innately whores.” At this point Hamlet no longer cares about his mother, he only cares about her relations with his father’s brother Claudius. Although the relationship between Hamlet and his mother is uncertain in some parts of the play, by the end it is clear how they both feel about each
Hamlet and Horatio agree that this proves his guilt. Hamlet goes to kill Claudius but finds him praying. Since he believes that killing Claudius while in prayer would send Claudius's soul to heaven, Hamlet considers that it would be an inadequate revenge and decides to wait. Claudius, now frightened of Hamlet's madness and fearing for his own safety, orders that Hamlet be sent to England at once. Hamlet goes to confront his mother, in whose bedchamber Polonius has hidden behind a tapestry.
Ophelia, Hamlets lover, goes to her father to tell him about Hamlet how different he is being. She says to him “As if he had been loosèd out of hell to speak of horrors— he comes before me” (II.i.93-94), she says this because she is worried for Hamlet. Polonius then says he is going to tell the king “Come, go we to the King. This must be known,” (II.i.130-131), this is the first time the King will hear Hamlet is starting to go mad. To a readers perspective, they will see Hamlet following a plan that was ordered from the spirit to avenge his fathers death.
After Hamlet had the player’s reenact Hamlet’s father’s death, Claudius started to freak out. Claudius started out quietly by having Rosencrantz and Guildenstern bring Hamlet to England to have him killed. “By letters congruing to that effect, the present death of Hamlet. Do it, England.” (4.4 73-74) Hamlet learns of these letters, and instead of showing the letters to anyone else to prove the king is a bad person, he hides it and continues to wait, before killing the king. That seems to be Hamlet’s tragic flaw throughout the play.
Hamlet then sees the ghost of his father, but Gertrude sees absolutely nothing and thinks that Hamlet is seeing things. Hamlet says that he is not mad, and she wants her to confess her guilt to him, and also to heaven. Also that she should stop seeing Claudius and prevent him from “paddling in your neck with his damned fingers.” ... ... middle of paper ... ... when reading Hamlet to get a feel of how the character must have felt and the other characters around him. The audience feel sorry for Gertrude because she has to cope through Hamlet’s madness and also the loss of Polonius so she has gone through a lot because of Hamlet. There is less sympathy for Hamlet as he killed Polonius and he has done a number of murders and also his madness does not help the audience to feel sorry for him.
Gertrude believes that Hamlet’s cruel rejection of Ophelia was triggered by the death of his father. But it is also thought that he may be losing his mind because he wants to accept the Ghost is real. (Rosenberg, Justice in
With rage and self preservation being the incentive for Hamlet to slaughter the King, it stands to reason that Hamlet broke his oath of revenge for his father’s death. Hamlet, in the end, lets his words get away from him when he promises himself to his father’s ghost, leading to the failure to keep his promises. Works Cited Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Ed.
(III; iii; 28 - 29) In Act III, scene iv, Polonius gets his chance and listens to a conversation between Hamlet and his mother, hoping that Hamlet would confide something in his mother that could be used against him. Unfortunately for Polonius, Hamlet hears him behind the curtain, and (thinking that Polonius is actually a spying King Claudius) immediately stabs and kills him. This event contributes to Hamlet's downfall because Claudius is able to use it as an excuse to send Hamlet away to England. Officially, the king sends Hamlet away, "for thine especial safety," (IV; iii; 37) with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern because the murder might earn him some enemies. Privately though, Claudius plans to have Rosencrantz and Guildenstern go with Hamlet to convey a message to the King of England that Hamlet is to be executed.
All that have previously seen the ghost decide to take Prince Hamlet to see if they could come across the ghost once more. The ghost of King Hamlet speaks this time to his son proclaiming that he is his Father and that he was poisoned by his very own brother, the New King of Denmark. During this conversation between the two he orders Hamlet to pursue a plan of revenge on his Uncle Claudius. Throughout the play we learn that Hamlet is emotional and so he postpones plotting revenge and began to become very miserable and that was being perceived as madness. The King and Queen hire Prince Hamlet’s friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to follow his every move and see if they could find the root of his madness.