Hamlet in William Shakespeare's Play In this essay I am going to consider the elements which illustrate whether Hamlet is a weak revenger, a man with a fatal flaw, a misfit in a treacherous world and the instability of his consciousness. Hamlet’s first soliloquy has crucial significance to the play as it accentuates his internal conflict caused by preceding events such as his father’s death, and distaste for Claudius. The troubled traits of Hamlet are communicated well by the imagery that is used in this soliloquy. Hamlet says that he wants his "too too solid flesh" to ...melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew". This goes alongside, "How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world", where the chain of downbeat adjectives, display how difficult Hamlet’s emotional state is.
Imagery is also used significantly in portraying the sour emotions that exist between Hamlet and Claudius. When Claudius questions Hamlet of the whereabouts of Polonius we see the foul relationship with the help of imagery. As Claudius acknowledges Hamlet's behaviour and insanity, he reveals the anger he feels towards Hamlet. In Hamlet's soliloquy, with reference to suicide, imagery shows us his dark feelings. In Hamlet we truly see what a great deal of depth imagery provides us with.
During various points in the play, Hamlet is presented with opportunities and chances to retaliate on behalf of his father. However, he lacks the resolve and guts to do so. Hamlet himself is discouraged by his lack of action; “But I am pigeon-liver’d, and lack gall” (Shakespeare 2.2.526). He calls himself a wimp who is not daring enough to kill Claudius and instead “must like a whore, unpack my heart with words” (2.2.535). Hamlet’s cowardice, in this part of the scene, is easily noticed.
Shakespeare uses this scene to demonstrate to the audience that Macbeth’s conscious act of knowing that his desires are immoral and still acting upon them proves him quite the villain. This symbolism brings the audience to savor the play’s hidden meanings and also allows for leeway in the interpretation of the plot. Macbeth’s inability to balance the forces of good and evil cause him to reach an insecure state of mind, causing him to make many malicious decisions. “But let the fame of things disjoint, both the worlds suffer,
Hamlet 's procrastination of his revenge has a similar function. Though he accepts the ghost 's orders, he has doubt and senses the evil that is to come with murder. Hamlet 's postponing the evil act serves to offer opportunities to stress the duality of human nature, him trying to avenge his father while not wanting to dirty his hand with sin. Hamlet is both opposed to and involved in evil. His repeated insistence on postponing his highly confusing task emphasizes his uncertainty and kindles our own.
The only logical explanation to Hamlet's actions is self doubt. Since he is unsure of himself, he cannot deem himself worthy of avenging his father's death. Though he does meet his purpose, it is a lengthy process of suffering for Hamlet and those who surround him that proceed this end. It is obvious that Shakespeare has added this flaw in Hamlet's character to create a more dramatic outcome of the play. Moreover, the tragedy is made memorable through the frustration that is felt by both Hamlet and the reader in long awaiting his ultimate act of revenge.
He creates uncertainty, anxiety, and ultimately discord throughout characters that transforms the story to welcome tragedy and death. Hamlet plays both the role of a hero and anti-hero. He is weak and cowardly initially but morphs into a revenge thirsty son that thrives to make rights of himself and others. Without this, Hamlet would simply be another story of uncomfortable character relationships. Works Cited Shakespeare, William.
If seen in the context of a morality play, it could be ... ... middle of paper ... ...stus is blind to the truth of repentance. And I feel at this moment, the audience truly realize that he can never escape this tragic spiral into damnation. Overall, we have seen how Marlowe uses this section of Dr.Faustus to present the tragic traits in Faustus’ character, and most importantly to highlight his flaws, and how they show the gradual failure of his plans. It deals with important contextual issues, such as the limitations and implications of over ambition shown in Mephastophilis blunt offerings – which Marlowe demonstrate the consequences of over-reaching yourself. It also presents us with the Morality play idea, by using the Good and Evil angels to present Faustus’ inner struggle of good versus evil, which he cannot overcome.
Hamlet knows he has been thinking too much and acting too little. He questions his own courage when he says that his thoughts are “ but one part wisdom and ever three parts coward.” Hamlet understands that pondering on an action like he has been doing only leads to excuses to ignore the offense done to him, and it is his fear creating the excuses and leaving his honor soiled. In the second section of the passage Hamlet is still angry at himself, especially when he views himself next to Fortinbras. He juxtaposes his own actions against Fortinbras’ in lines like “Why yet I live to say “This thing’s to do,” sith I have cause, and will, and strength, and means to do’t.” and “Witness this army of such mass and charge, led by a delicate and tender prince , whose spirit, with divine ambitioned puffed, makes mouths at the invisible event.” He continues to question his self worth as he sees the fact that Fortinbras is willing to spend 20,000 lives to gain honor in his “event,” while He himself has not been able to gather even enough courage take care of his “event” which is revenging his father. The comparison is clear Hamlet is a “coward” while Fortinbras is a brave “delicate and tender prince.” In the third section Hamlet finds the answer to the self questioning that has occurred in the first to passages.
There are several moments in the play where he shows that he cannot really control his behavior, and right from the start he seems to be extremely emotional and violent in his outbursts. It is easy to see how the grief of his father’s death, included with the indecisiveness he has in what he wants to do to Claudius, could lead him to have a much looser grip on reality than he might want. Hamlet often forgets himself and where he is, and if he wants to pretend to be mad while actually being strictly sane, he would not be so careless with his real plan, especially if he knows that his enemies can hear him. Because of this, Hamlet’s “antic disposition” can be seen as something that is not completely put on.