This young prince is eager to revenge his father’s death but he is not sure morally if it’s the right thing to do. The play stresses Hamlets feelings, his thoughts and his indecisiveness, but he finally seeks vengeance in the end. Sadly, Hamlet loses his life to honor his father in this moral revenge tragedy Shakespeare fills the exposition in act one full of information about the situation surrounding the royal family in Denmark with the setting, and the characters’ motives. The state of affairs takes place when King Hamlet kills the King of Norway. Upon his retreat home he dies from a deliberate poisoning by his brother.
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!"
Hamlet writes about his love for Ophelia, but his true desires ar... ... middle of paper ... ...and Denmark by destroying the corrupt and murderous King, but by procrastinating, he had to watch his country rot. In the play Hamlet, Hamlet can be seen as the sole reason for the corrupt and rotten place that Denmark has become. Shakespeare introduces the audience to Hamlet as a loved and innocent prince who is mourning the death of his father. As the play progresses, Hamlet changes to a person who battles himself with key decisions and only thinks to serve himself. Hamlet is seen to have little respect for women resulting in him using broken love for Ophelia to cover up his plan to murder Claudius.
It is made painfully obvious that Hamlet despises his uncle, yet his disdain of Claudius comes from more of his jealousy than from anything else. The more Hamlet condemns Claudius, the more his unconscious feelings start to decipher. Hamlet is faced with a dilemma by recognizing the same feelings his uncle has towards his mother, even though he detests Claudius, and yet on the other hand, he feels the need to honor his father 's death. Hamlet is convinced of Claudius ' guilt, but his own guilt forbids him from completely eliminating his uncle. Hamlet is still attempting to "repress" his own sexual desires.
Hamlet’s madness is a result of his father’s death which was supposedly by the hands of his uncle, Claudius. He has also discovered that this same uncle is marrying his mom. It is expected that Hamlet would be suffering from some emotional issues as result of these catastrophes. Shakespeare uses vivid language, metaphors, and imagery to highlight how Hamlet’s madness influences several important aspects of his life including his relationships and the way he presents himself. At first, Hamlet is respectable even though he is not happy to find out that his mother is married to his uncle nor is he happy to discover that his father is dead.
Love in the forms of parent to child and from lover to lover is an addictive element which can result in loneliness and lead to madness to those who lose it forever. Hamlet's relationship with Gertrude and Ophelia is quick to fall apart after he learns key information about his parentage. Both Gertrude and Ophelia provide him with love but are absent at a time when he needs it most; during the reign of his madness. Hamlet's madness is partly evident due to his poor relationship with Gertrude and Ophelia, since they falsely love him then reject him by moving on with their lives. Both females have heavily contributed to the misogyny Hamlet develops.
He has to try to find meaning, direction and a stable identity in the midst of all the evil about him (Lidz, 73). We clearly see that Hamlet is quite upset by his mother's quite hasty marriage to is uncle, and this causes some deep seeded emotional problems for Hamlet. I can not talk about Hamlet's emotional state without also going into the fact that Hamlet already suspects the King of killing his father, before the ghost tells him so (Leavenwoth, 34). First I will go elaborate on how Hamlet, at certain times, was clearly not feigning insanity, but that insanity only lasted for brief periods of time because of the emotional blows that Hamlet undergoes. I and many literary folk believe that Hamlet suffered from a Oedipus complex.
The son (also named Hamlet) has been depressed, lately, about the death of his father and is aggravated at his mother for marrying Claudius (his uncle) less than two months since his father’s death. Many characters in the book (especially Hamlet) use sarcasm, which gives insight to what they truly think about the other characters of the book. In line 179-180, Hamlet states, "Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables" (I.ii.179-180). Hamlet uses sarcasm to suggest that his mother has gotten married so quickly after the death of his father and how much he disapproves of this matter.
That would be scann’d:/ A villain kills my father; and, for that,/ I, his sole son, do this same villain send/ To heaven." (act 3, scene 3). In this passage, Hamlet states that since he is his father's only son, it is up to him to avenge his father's murder. Moreover, Hamlet struggles with his doubts about whether he can trust the ghost and whether killing Claudius is the correct course of action. However, quickly after Hamlet's father dies, Claudius succeeds the throne by wedding Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude.
While Claudius wears a mask of a loving brother who now has to take the role of father upon his nephew, Hamlet convinces even his own mother of his insanity. Claudius refers to his nephew in the sense that, "Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother's death The memory be green, and that it us befitted To bear our hearts in grief, and our whole kingdom To be contracted in one brow of woe" (I, ii, ll. 1-4) This only sets the tone for the entire play for his deceptive actions of being a doting parent, husband, and king while in reality having committed a heinous murder in order to obtain the power of the throne. His falsified feelings towards honestly and loyalty are dashed within act three, when he promotes his love for Hamlet, arranges for his death. The King plans for his stepson to be murdered while traveling to England, but is unsuccessful.