The comparisons between Medea and Hamlet are numerous. Both are stories about revenge that end in the controversial main character sacrificing everything in order to preserve one of the most important markers of identity of their time: honor. Medea was a controversial character in ancient times not only because of her filicide, but because she asserted that women have honor, an idea that was not the norm in Greece. In sharp contrast to her is Hamlet, the tragic hero that was honor-bound by his society to avenge his father’s death, yet only does so at the expense of his entire kingdom. The difference in how society treats Hamlet and Medea in their quests to preserve their honor result in tragedy for both characters, as Hamlet lets the masculine values of honor in his society come in the way of his sanity and Medea draws honor, in a society that does not acknowledge her efforts as valid, out to its very limits, causing Jason pain at the expense of her own children, despite social pressures such as duty and gender roles deterring them from completing their vengeance.
Subconsciously Hamlet feels that the fairer sex is not trust-worthy. Hamlet had loved Ophelia, it is apparent that he did love her, and probably felt the same way as his father did for his mother. Which is why when Hamlet unfortunately turns on Ophelia and it is so brutal in nature that which ultimately destroys her. Hamlet obviously is using Ophelia to further the disguise of his insanity; his actions are clearly for the benefit of Polonius, who already believes that Hamlet has gone mad for Ophelia 's love. Hamlet must be held accountable for his treatment of Ophelia.
remember me. ' I have sworn 't.” (Act I Scene V) This made the quest of avenging King Hamlet’s death the passion of Hamlet as he was galvanized by his personal regard of his father, and his disdain towards Claudius. Thus, the requests of the ghost were simply basis to enact the passion which Hamlet had unknowingly concealed within his heart after the death of his father. However, the collision between passion and responsibility came about due to the manner in which Hamlet sought to seek vengeance. Unlike his foils, Laertes and Fortinbras, who are
The Many Identities of Hamlet in Hamlet by William Shakespeare In the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the protagonist, Price Hamlet, uses several ways to defend himself against his oedipal desires, his animosity towards his uncle, as well as his own inner conflict . Hamlet's hatred towards Claudius stems from two crimes committed; Claudius' murder of his brother and his incest with Hamlet's mother. Because of the seriousness of both crimes, as well as the fact that both persons affected are closely related, there is evidence of an interrelation between both of the crimes; which can further explains Hamlet's reaction. Following his father, King Hamlet's death, his mother, Gertrude proceeds to marry his Uncle Claudius; this causes a surge of Hamlet's oedipal desires towards his mother. Hamlet attempts to reconcile his incestuous urges using his relationship with Ophelia.
Hamlet and Laertes care for the girl[,] and her feelings for both of them are dangerous for her. Ophelia’s mind is torn apart by Hamlet’s rage against his mother as he turned his frustration on her, telling her to get herself to a nunnery (Act 3 Scene 1 Line 120). The sight of Ophelia’s madness when he returned, melts Laertes’s heart and deepens his need for revenge (Act 4 Scene 6 Line 185). 4 Laertes[,] as Polonius’s son[,] could not imagine being disloyal to the king.
Their strong attraction to each other, which some call fate, determines where their forbidden love will take them. The leading force, in my opinion, that led to Romeo and Juliet's death is the conflict between the two fathers, Capulet and Montague. It's because of this conflict that Romeo and Juliet feel they must hide their love which, in the end, is the cause of their deaths. Because of this conflict, confrontations occurred and insults were thrown. Hatred is bred which is evident when Tybalt, who is Lady Capulet's nephew, joins the fight against the Montague family.
The reader sees him inspiring affection in his fellows Horatio and Marcellus, which follow and protect him, and showing loyalty to his father’s memory and abhorrence at his mother and uncle’s immoral wedding. He praises his dead father, defining him “so excellent a king that was to this Hyperion to a satyr” . His respect he has for him is enhanced by the comparison of the new king to the satyr, Hyperion antithesis, a creature famous for being usually drunk and immoral. He mistrusts Claudius, the villain of the play, from the start: he hates him even before knowing he is the murderer and this is what suggests from the beginning that he is the hero of the play. He knows who his enemy is, defines him as “treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain” and starts his own battle, triggered by the arrival of the ghost.
Many can say that Hamlet changes his mood because his mother has made him question Ophelia actions. Ophelia is torn between loyal to her father or Hamlet. She never really says that she is love with Hamlet, ultimately we find that Ophelia loyalty lies with her father. Hamlet is left feeling betrayed when he discovers Ophelia is spying on him for Polonius and Claudius, when she lies to Hamlet about her father whereabouts he becomes suspicious to her. This in return causes him to be very harsh to her at times.
In his play Hamlet, William Shakespeare frequently utilizes the word “revenge” and images associated with this word in order to illustrate the idea that the pursuit of revenge has caused the downfall of many people. He builds up the idea that revenge causes people to act recklessly through anger rather than reason. In Hamlet, Fortinbras, Laertes and Hamlet all seek to avenge the deaths of their fathers. Hamlet and Laertes manage to avenge their father’s deaths and in doing so, both rely more on their emotions rather than their reasoning, which eventually leads to their downfalls at the end of Hamlet. As the play begins, Hamlet is in a grieving period over the death of his father.
Revenge in Hamlet In Elizabethan times, a type of play known as a "revenge tragedy" became popular. These plays revolved around, "... the revenge of a father for a son or vice versa, the revenge being directed by the ghost of the murdered man..." (Harmon and Holman #6). Other characteristics include real or pretend insanity, philosophic soliloquies, hesitation on the part of the protagonist, conspiracy, and the use of horror. William Shakespeare's Hamlet fully satisfies each of these traits, making it an excellent example of a revenge tragedy. Certainly, the most critical theme in the play by far is that of revenge; it fuels the plot and story of Hamlet, reveals the hamartia of the protagonist, and is used successfully to develop some of the main characters.