Her power makes the tragedy Hamlet initiates evitable, but it occurs anyway because her naïveté prevents her from stopping it. For such an important character, Gertrude is noticeably flat. Analysis of the text of Hamlet provides few clues as to her involvement with Claudius prior to King Hamlet's death, her knowledge or lack thereof of his murder, or how she really feels about either of the kings. Though Hamlet does not seek to punish her outright for whatever part she may have played in his father's death, he does continually accuse her of being generally amoral, especially with regard to her incestuous marriage to Claudius. Hamlet's accusations are one of few indicators throughout the play as to her character, and they illustrate only Hamlet's perception thereof.
Claudiu... ... middle of paper ... ...he still makes sense while ranting. Polonius notices this, stating “Though this be madness, yet there is method in ’t” (II.ii.204). By the end of the play, it is not clear which of Hamlet’s personalities is the reality and which is the appearance. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the characters are very deceptive, and show a clear distinction between their appearance and reality. Claudius pretends to be a loving father, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern pretend to be loyal friends, and Hamlet pretends to be mad.
A person cannot truly exist without those people around him, just as a play may not be successful without its supporting characters. Horatio and Ophelia are often disregarded as "supporting actors" within the play. They spend very little time onstage, and when they are their roles seem trivial; however, their true purpose is much greater. The characters of Horatio and Ophelia have two very different functions in the play. Horatio is used as a foil for Hamlet, the person to whom Hamlet can discuss his course of action and act like his true self.
Audience members also lack the knowledge to fully discern Hamlet’s psychological help, as is implied within the first few acts of the play. Lastly, though Hamlet could be seen as a heroic member of society, it is clear that his character lacks a drive that is needed to be fully persuaded that Hamlet is in fact the heroic character of the play. These reasons are what push audience/readers from identifying clearly with Hamlet’s character. Shakespeare’s use of foils is the first of many reasons that identification with Hamlet is hard to swallow. A foil character is defined as a character “that shows the qualities that are in contrast to the qualities of another character with the objective to highlight the traits of the other character” (Dictionary.com).
William Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" is about a complex protagonist, Hamlet, who faces difficulty and is intended to murder his uncle, who killed his father. Hamlet is a character who although some of his actions and emotions can be interpreted of insane persons. It was a tragic time in the life of the prince, Hamlet’s life became difficult due to his father had just passed away, his uncle then took the king’s throne and married Hamlet’s mother, then the ghost of his dead father appeared to him with orders for vengeance and, finally, the love of his life was no longer permitted to see the him by instructions of the lady’s father. This would appear too many to be reason enough for an individual to lose touch with reality and fall into insanity, but this was not the circumstance with the bright determined Hamlet. Though the prince showed frequent signs of madness during the play, Hamlet not once lost touch with reality as he continued acting sane both in his thoughts as well as while speaking with certain individuals.
Hamlet is questioning how can a player, who acts out false emotions, can truly “catch the conscience of the King”(II.ii.622). However, he believes that the creativity exuded from the soul(II.ii,568), can effectively allow a player to perform as if they are real emotions. Hamlet’s only concern is seeking revenge for his father’s death done at the hands of his uncle, Claudius, who now has the throne. The plot of the play to parallel to the real death of King Hamlet, allowing Hamlet to make Claudius feel uncomfortable and guilty(II.ii.578). Also, in this monologue, Hamlet states that the ghost of his father may have actua... ... middle of paper ... ... instance, the speech in Act II can be seen as Hamlet’s concern with killing Claudius.
Although this sounds much like love, de Montaigne claims the key difference is that passion is not constantly a factor among friends. This can be taken to mean that a friendship is a relationship that is chosen willfully, and cherished as much as a lover. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, there is much evidence of such a relationship between the titular Hamlet and Horatio. The most compelling of this evidence is contained within Hamlet’s reaction to Horatio’s arrival in 3.2. This encounter takes place directly prior to the “play-within-a-play” plot that Hamlet devises to ascertain Claudius’ guilt.
Another argument commonly made in Hamlet is whether or not Hamlet and Ophelia were truly in love, which by analysis the audience can see that it was probably no more than the ordinary crush someone has on another. In this essay, it will be discussed why Hamlet is not mad but in fact feigning his madness; the cause of Ophelia’s madness; and finally the complicated love between Ophelia and Hamlet. To begin, the character of Hamlet is not mad but he is feigning it as part of his master plan for revenge. He fakes the madness so that those people around him do not question any of actions that may seem unordinary; he did not want people to catch onto his plan for revenge against King Claudius and get caught for planning against the king. Hamlet believed that if he feigned madness then people would just assume that when he did something out of the ordinary, it was just because he was insane.
In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Hamlet, Prince Hamlet conspires to avenge his father’s murder. Throughout the play, Hamlet spirals through bouts of insanity, depression, and hostility. However, across his tragic tale, Hamlet’s old friend Horatio remains a constant. A scholar and a loyal friend to Hamlet, Horatio acts as one of Hamlet’s many character foils, meaning his characteristics contrast to Hamlet highlighting certain personality traits and allowing the reader to understand Hamlet. Horatio’s minor role is vital to the story of Hamlet.
Laertes and Horatio as Foils for Hamlet In the play, Hamlet , Shakespeare uses a cast of characters that have many roles. Of this cast, Shakespeare uses two characters, Laertes and Horatio, as foils for Hamlet’s character. Through similarities and differences these characters, accentuate Hamlet’s pretense of being crazy, emphasize how Hamlet is an improper son by standards of the time and cause him to be a tragic hero. A foil is a minor character that helps develop a major character by sharing similarities and differences with the main character. This is a common practice Shakespeare uses within many of his plays.