William Shakespeare’s Hamlet tells a grim story of loss and tragedy. Unfortunately for those suffering from loss in Shakespeare’s tale, the tragedy is not natural as thought to be. In truth, all of the tragedy fabricated in Hamlet is caused by a single act of betrayal; the poisoning of Hamlet’s father, the King of Denmark. Claudius, the brother of King Hamlet, acts as the administrator of the poison that physically kills King Hamlet, as well as the poison that seeps into the lives of the people of Denmark. Derivative from this situation, poison, or sickness in general, becomes a very important theme.
Hamlet is so upset and then reveals to the Queen that Claudius is the one who killed his father. Claudius killed King Hamlet by pouring poison into his ear. This is very significant because King Hamlet’s actual ear was poisoned which goes alone with the notable motif. Moreover, Hamlet is mad or so he seems to be. By looking at Hamlet and all his actions everyone is convinced he has gone mad.
Therefore, he creates a play where the performers do a scene which resembles the way in which Prince Hamlet believes his father Hamlet was murdered. Claudius jumps up and leaves the room when the play gets to the point of the murder. Horatio and Prince Hamlet both believe this makes Claudius appear guilty. However, when Prince Hamlet goes to kill Claudius, he is prayin... ... middle of paper ... ...nish prince who has an uncle who murders to receive his father’s throne. A ghost of his father reveals the truth which ultimately causes many more deaths through the act of revenge.
Hamlet killed for revenge while Macbeth only killed for power and greed. Both Macbeth and Claudius killed a king because of their greed but they both end up dying at the end of each play. Malcolm and Hamlet complete their goals of seeking revenge, but Hamlet ends up dying as well. The plays involve much of the same themes and tragedies; however the main purposes are distinctive.
Furthermore, Hamlet’s procrastination plays a huge role in the play. Because of Hamlet’s procrastination he causes many unnecessary deaths throughout the play. The examples of madness, sarcasm, suicide, and procrastination mentioned earlier shows what kind of person Hamlet is. However, Hamlet’s procrastination/indecision was a fatal flaw. Since Hamlet took ages to take his revenge, he gave Claudius to make plans of his own—Claudius’s own plan to have Hamlet killed.
The ghost says, “Murder most foul, as in the best it is. But this most foul, strange and unnatural” and “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.” These weighty words inspired rage and vengeance into Hamlets heart. After the Ghost uttered these words, Hamlet was ready to violently kill whoever was responsible for this unspeakable act against his father. In the end, his Hamlets quest for vengeance led to the deaths of almost every character in the play. Without a doubt, Shakespeare uses poison as the master metaphor in Hamlet.
His second flaw completely opposite from the first, was acting on impulse out of passion making him kill the wrong man, Polonius. Hamlet’s acting out of passion and anger not only killed the wrong man but it was also Ophelia’s father, causing her to commit suicide. Hamlet was a hero trying to do the right thing, but his tragic flaws turn everything around when everyone including himself dies . One of Hamlet’s flaws is that he over thinks things a lot and it is first shown the most at the prayer scene with Claudius. Once Hamlet sees how Claudius reacts to the play he knows that Claudius killed his father and that the ghost was right, he has a chance to kill him and doesn’t take it .
The selfish decision Claudius makes to murder Hamlet’s father makes him liable for all the other tragedies that occur. The death of King Hamlet causes Hamlet to act out of character, which makes him do things he would not normally do. This leads to the deaths of Polonius and Ophelia. “Thou wreched, rash, intruding fool farewell./I took thee for thy better: Take thy fortune:/ Thou find’st to be too busy is some danger (3.4, 32 - 35) When Polonius gets caught spying on Hamlet talking to his mother, Hamlet takes a sword and stabs through the curtain and kills Polonius in hopes that it was Claudius. Hamlet would never have knowingly killed Polonius.
Hamlet’s attitude changed from the sadness of his father’s death to anger when the ghost had revealed that his Uncle, King Claudius killed his father by poisoning him on his ear. Follow by his Mother’s marriage in which Hamlet called an ‘incestuous marriage’. The loss of Hamlet’s father affected him greatly and thus affects his relationship to other people. When his father died, Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude married Claudius only after two months. Hamlet called it an ‘incestuous marriage’ because the marriage is just too sudden.
Madness and Hamlet Hamlet is one of William Shakespeare's most honored works and is a piece of literature, which has been studied in depth by many a scholar. The storyline of Hamlet follows a vein of madness that begins with Claudius' murdering King Hamlet and ending with the tragic killing of almost every main character. Many reasons have been proposed for the ultimate tragedy, which occurs at the conclusion of the play. It will be argued in this essay that madness is the cause of the eventual tragedy in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Claudius' murdering of his brother, the king is the first murderous act of mental illness in the story and it sets into course the madness of many other characters.