(I, ii, 156-159). Hamlet's conscience tells him what is wrong-in this case, the hasty marriage-but he is ambivalent as to how to approach it; before he meets the ghost, silence is his method. When Hamlet meets his father's ghost however, he feels sure of himself, and knows what he must do. As a result of the dialogue with the ghost, Hamlet's conscience makes him feel that revenge is the best method to deal with the problems that face him. The consciences of Hamlet, and to a lesser extent, Claudius, affect their decisions in the play.
Hamlet fascinates many readers and the first thing to point out about him is that he is mysterious. Shakespeare's work demonstrates Hamlet's dilemma as the role of revenger showing a man of thought forced to be a man of action. Hamlet is extremely philosophical and introspective. He is particularly drawn to difficult questions or questions that cannot be answered with any certainty. Faced with evidence that his uncle murdered his father, Hamlet becomes obsessed with proving his uncle's guilt before trying to act.
Although this is deeply rooted in his character, his obsessive thoughts are a product of continuous grieving. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet learns from a ghost of his father’s brutal murder. Hamlet weeps and plans to take action but doesn’t deliver. Instead he plots his revenge and waits for the perfect moment to avenge King Hamlet. The ghost of Hamlet’s father influences Hamlet to seek revenge who would otherwise contemplate the subject to death, GHOST: Revenge his foul murder and most unnatural murder.
Bloom, however, takes Shakespeare and his characters out of dramatic con... ... middle of paper ... ...al world of Elizabethan England—essential to an understanding of Shakespeare’s history plays can easily be lost if we regard the characters as existing beyond their origins. We cannot neglect the social, intellectual, and historical context in which the histories derive their meaning. Bloom asserts that the plays’ characters transcend their origins and operate in a universe that is still being created. We can appreciate his thesis as it reverberates through our consciousness. Bloom has successfully helped us secure a new relationship with Shakespeare and his dramatic art.
While exploring Davis’s thoughts on the sanity of Hamlet she quickly drew my attention with making the point, “His own testimony could not be regarded as conclusive-for, if he were truly mad, we could hardly accept his word for it; while if he seemed mad merely, we could hardly believe a present protestation that the appearance was all a sham”(Davis). Hamlet was not insane. He may have had conscious and unconscious emotional breaks throughout the play due to his tragic life events. On the contrary too call him mad or say that his actions stem from insanity seems like a scapegoat for not only his family but also the audience. Hamlet has a clear idea of reality and it was vivid enough for him to use his intellect to guide the map of his brain.
He is an intelligent being who appears to have been overcome by self-conflict due to the sudden murder of his father, the King of Denmark. The transgressions of the murderer, his uncle Claudius, drive Hamlet to a point of questionable sanity. It is Hamlet’s psyche which is a large topic of scholarly debate concerning the play. “Shakespeare’s understanding of the human condition miraculously transcends his culture and place,” says Stone (Allan 20). Shakespeare had a particular interest in the human mind, mental conditions, and nosology.
In his first soliloquy through the metaphor “flesh would melt… resolve itself into a dew,” (Act 1 scene 2) Shakespeare establishes the tone a... ... middle of paper ... ...amlet and Fortinbras. Shakespeare highlights that if one stands by their moral values they will prevail. Hamlet was a devoted man that had to seek revenge for his father’s murder in order for him to triumph the cause of his father suspicious death. Through this hamlet was faced with many ordeals whereby his loyalty was tested in order for him to seek revenge. Texts that explore universal themes continue to captivate audiences through the introspective inspection of the human condition.
His various reasons for delay in seeking revenge is that he wants to make sure his uncle Claudius is one hundred percent guilty and at the same time does not want to hurt his mother. He has too much Oedipus complex, love for his mother. Hamlet is having a hard time finding his courage mentally and physically. He needs more proof of his uncle’s murderous acts before revenge the death of his father. Hamlet decides to set his uncle up by using a play that is set up exactly like his father’s death.
R.A. Foakes in “The Play’s Courtly Setting” explains the burden of revenge which the protagonist must carry for the duration of the play: And where there is no legal punishment for his father’s death, he must stoop, driven by the universal wrong, and “being thus be-netted round with villainies”, to revenge. He must share the corruption of others in spite of his nobility, and recognize in himself the common features, "we are arrant knaves all." (53) In the essay “Hamlet: His Own Falstaff,” Harold Goddard makes a statement of the two main themes of the play, namely war and revenge, relating them to the final scene: The dead Hamlet is borne out “like a soldier” and the last rites over his body are to be the rites of war. The final word of the ... ... middle of paper ... ... and Production. No.
Claudiu... ... middle of paper ... ...he still makes sense while ranting. Polonius notices this, stating “Though this be madness, yet there is method in ’t” (II.ii.204). By the end of the play, it is not clear which of Hamlet’s personalities is the reality and which is the appearance. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the characters are very deceptive, and show a clear distinction between their appearance and reality. Claudius pretends to be a loving father, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern pretend to be loyal friends, and Hamlet pretends to be mad.