Hamlet and the Devil Hamlet, for reasons of trepidation chooses not to kill Claudius, his nemesis, in the altar room. This fatal procrastination results in the unnecessary deaths of Laertes, Ophelia, Gertrude, and Hamlet himself. This casts a most inauspicious light upon Hamlet, but only if the original premise is true. The obverse side of the argument is that Hamlet, because he desires all those who are in league with Claudius to suffer the same ignominious fate that his father suffers. Thus he delays his revenge in order to intensify the misery of the other characters.
Hamlet hopes the play’s title will trigger a response in Claudius. Once he sees Claudius’s shocking reaction to the murder scene, Hamlet confirms his suspicions toward the new King. He follows the King, prepared to avenge his father’s death and sees Claudius confessing his sins to God. However, Claudius is not truly confessing, therefore the situation is dramatic irony. Robert W. Flint confirms by stating “Hamlet feels, with the King, that heaven keeps an audit of human deeds, and he is unwilling to kill the praying King for fear he might go to heaven—and herein is a double irony since the audience knows that prayer is useless, the King having forgotten the true meaning of it” (23).
As Gloucester’s remarks signify the discord that has emerged after Cordelia’s disownment, his dismal diction works to evidence the breakdown of established order in the land—all while implying that without order, there cannot be any justice. According to Gloucester, Lear suffers because he has “fallen from what is natural” by banishing Cordelia (Hermesmann 2). Even from the first act of the play, Shakespeare reveals the darker aspect of Lear’s universe: traditions can be defied and ru... ... middle of paper ... ... that the breakdown of social order in the play is testament to the growing instability due to human actions. This article supports my claim that the overturning of the social order in King Lear plays a key role in establishing the absence of higher powers in the world. Shakespeare, William.
/ Till then sit still, my soul. Foul deeds will rise, / Though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes" (I.iii.255-259). Hamlet already believes that Gertrude has committed a "foul deed" in marrying Claudius and the ghost's appearance supports Hamlet's anger. At the time, Hamlet does not know of his father's murder, but he suspects there may be more behind the ghost's appearance... ... middle of paper ... ... revenge and kill Claudius. Before, the ghost was the only proof Hamlet had of his father's murder and he needed its assurance in order to act out his revenge.
Hamlet now knows Claudius is the murderer, and the ghost was actual his father. Hamlet has a perfect opportunity to achieve his revenge when he accidentally comes upon the guilt-ridden Claudius alone in prayer. Again he rationalizes himself into delay, this time on the grounds that his revenge would not be horrible enough as Claudius penitence might save his soul from hell. Although Hamlet dies at the end, he was able to avenge his father’s death. Because Laertes confessed that the king was to blame for hamlets mothers death as well as for the poison on the sword, Hamlet was able to achieve his revenge in terms that exonerated his soul from danger.
The play he develops portrays a reenactment of Claudius poisoning Hamlet?s father, and will expose the guilty and alleviate ... ... middle of paper ... ... Hamlet?s hesitation is once again justified, because killing Claudius while he is praying would not achieve the justice he desires. Hamlet proceeds to go into Gertrude?s room. He finds someone hiding behind the tapestry. Thinking that it?s the king, Hamlet hesitates no longer and plunges his sword through the tapestry, into the person concealed behind it. To his disappointment he finds the person to be Polonius, and not the king.
When Hamlet finds out that his uncle murdered his father, who stole his wife and his crown, he has an instant urge to get revenge for the murderer who committed this foul act; “ Haste me to know’t, that meditation or the thoughts of love/ may sweep to my revenge” (1.5.30-32). This justified Hamlet’s feelings. One would agree that his revenge is morally right, although murder is wrong. The seriousness of Claudius’ crime grows when one contemplates that all deaths throughout the play would not have happened if Claudius did not kill his brother. Although the act of murdering someone is wrong; the seriousness of Claudius crime grows when one contemplates that all the deaths would not have happened if Claudius did not kill the king.
Claudius expresses some guilt towards his horrifying deed when he mentions, "That cannot be, since I am still possess 'd/ Of those effects for which I did the murder/ My crown, mine own ambition and my queen" (3.3.54-56). King Hamlet shows his guilt at first but then he realizes he does not need to be forgiven, for he is the King now and his possession is of more importance than his morals.Claudius ' ambition for power only pushes the plot of the play further. Claudius’ greediness for power also foreshadows his downfall as his greed leads him to never think about the consequence of his actions .Therefore,the character Claudius shows the theme of greed throughout the play. Claudius even forgets his own morals as a king because of his selfishness for power and seen at the end of the play when he says, “Gertrude, do not drink” (5, 2, 286). After Gertrude drinks from Hamlet’s cup, he said “(aside) It is the poisoned cup.
After the players performed the Mousetrap, Claudius is confounded with guilt, therefore; he begins to pray. Claudius beseeched, “My fault is past – but O, what form of prayer / Can serve my turn? ‘Forgive me my foul murder?’ / That cannot be, since I am still possess’d / Of those effects for which I did the murder – / My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen. / May one be pardon’d and retain th’offence” (3.3.51-56)? When Hamlet walked in on Claudius kneeling, he is indecisive by the thought of killing Claudius right then and there.
To display the characters’ flaws, Shakespeare uses three main characters: Hamlet, Ophelia, and Claudius. Hamlet’s downfall is demonstrated through his flaw of inaction. Ophelia lacks self-confidence and opinion, and has to obey men like her father, Polonius. Claudius’s greed for power is the reason for his tragic fall. In Shakespeare tragic play Hamlet, the characters’ flaws of Hamlet, Ophelia, and Claudius makes them victims of their flaw.