Hamlet is cruel to the extreme to all those who he feels are treacherous, not just to the women in his life. Hamlet expects his mother Gertrude to mourn for King Hamlet in the same way as he does, in "trappings and the suits of woe" (Hamlet, I, ii, 89). Instead, she marries Claudius shortly after the sudden death. Hamlet cannot understand how she could disrespect his father, especially since she so doted upon the King in life. He exclaims, "O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason / Would have mourned longer!"
She believes he has now been ruined by madness, and she feels heartbroken seeing both sides of Hamlet, especially because they were supposed to be in love with each other. According to Mack, “He now sees everywhere, but especially in his own nature, the general taint, taking from life its meaning, from woman her integrity, from the will its strength, turning reason into madness” (Mack 11). Hamlet has been raging at Ophelia, damaging her integrity, and isn’t being rational, specifically because of his increasing instability and madness. In another scene, Hamlet stabs Polonius through a curtain. After murdering Polonius, Hamlet refuses to give away his location.
Likewise, these the fact that he gave these keepsakes are more proof of Hamlet’s love for Ophelia. Since Hamlet is aware that Polonius and Claudius are eavesdropping on he and Ophelia, he purposely insults her and denies that he gave her these gifts. Despite this rejection, Hamlet still loves Ophelia, as he forewarned her to never doubt his love for
During this part in the play, Hamlet berates Ophelia by telling her, "Or if/ thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool, for wise men know/ well enough what monsters you make of them. To a /nunn 'ry, go, and quickly too" (3.1.136-139). At this part in the play, it is extremely challenging for Hamlet to distinguish between his mother and Ophelia. Do to this, making his true feelings for his mother become more dubious. Another thing is that when Hamlet 's father is murdered and his mother re-marries, the unconstrained idea of sexuality with his mother, concealed since conception, can no longer be hidden from his conscious mind.
Did he ever love her? From the play there is a vast amount of evidence directing toward the conclusion that Hamlet always loved Ophelia, but just the same there are also some points where Hamlet rejects Ophelia cruelly. His reasons though can be backed up as a way to protect her from his mission of avenging the murder of his father, the late king of Denmark. The status of the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia is introduced through conversation between Polonius and Ophelia. “He hath, my lord, of late made tenders of his affection to me.”(Act1, Scene 3 line 100) Both Hamlet and Ophelia have been courting and he has shared his affections for her immensely.
Hamlet, despite being the hero of the tragedy, commits various actions that would consider him as a villainous character. When he learns of his fathers death, he acts mad and possibly even becomes truly mad. It prompts him to mistreat those around him—specifically important women in his life, his girlfriend Ophelia and his mother Gertrude. Firstly, when Hamlet is acting mad, he does not inform Ophelia of it, and treats her poorly. For instance, when Hamlet states, “Get thee to a nunnery.
Hamlet feigning madness and Ophelia’s true insanity ultimately lead to their tragic deaths. Hamlet reveals the truth of the mask of madness allowing Hamlet and Ophelia to speak freely. Hamlet and Ophelia’s reaction regarding the executions of their fathers prompts their madness. Both Hamlet and Ophelia have controlling parents who compelled them to take jobs that they have no interest in doing. Hamlet feigning madness and Ophelia’s true insanity leads them to their tragic deaths.
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.
Madness in Hamlet Hamlet's choice to put on an "antic disposition" leads to his downfall; it is a tragic error in judgement (hamartia) which destroys his relationship with Ophelia and Gertrude. It is Hamlet's hubris. Another result from Hamlet's peculiar actions, is that in his own mind he begins to believe that he is mad. It is unfortunate that Hamlet's plan did not succeed; not only did it lead to his own downfall but he had to witness the downfall of all of the people he loved. With his choice to put on this act of antic disposition, he takes the risk of losing close touch with his loved ones.
Hamlet’s cowardice, in this part of the scene, is easily noticed. The man is calling himself out and whining instead of doing the very thing he was berating himself for not doing. Throughout much of the play, Hamlet whines about the death of his father. Stubbornly and like a girl “in obstinate condolement is a course/ of impious stubbornness. ‘Tis unmanly grief” (1.2.94), if you were to ask the new king Claudius.