This contrast of emotional control is depicted very clearly by Derek Jacobi. In that version Patrick Stewart’s Claudius exits the scene more calmly than expected, but Hamlet displays a madness that is witnessed by many in the audience. Hamlet’s anxiety for the play to commence is best shown by his wish to not be “passion’s slave”. This demonstrates that Hamlet is aware of the separation of his “blo... ... middle of paper ... ...tio’s role in Hamlet is of great significance to the power of the play and to the shaping of Hamlet’s character. For Shakespeare, Horatio serves as a utility tool.
Although Hamlet recognizes the fact that too much reflection could end poorly, he does it nonetheless. Every situation he is faced with he insists upon planning it out first, and rarely actually acting upon these plans. Additionally, since Hamlet is considered to be a tragedy, there must be a tragic hero. All tragic heroes have some kind of flaw or blemish, which, according to the article "Characters", "Hamlet's weakness may be that he 'thinks too much' and cannot make up his mind. The resulting inactions leads to his death" ("Characters").
Hamlet actions don’t differ from everyday people. Hamlet show evidence of melancholic and rash emotions during the play, but his pride is obviously indecisive. The moment Hamlet is introduced to the play we are struck by what a melancholic character he appears to be. His sadness only disappears when he is being rash, illustrated both by his impulsive choice to follow the Ghost and when Hamlet kills Polonius. These faults, however, seem less extreme when compared to his pride, which is indecisive on whether or not to kill Claudius.
As human beings why we allow ourselves to go through so much when there are so many simple solutions we can take advantage of. If hamlet was truly insane, these thoughts would truly not run through his mind. He is going through a hard time having lost his father and learning that his dearest uncle was behind it. Hamlet is fully cognizant of the world around him, proving he is well witted and understand what he must do. Some characters themselves also come to see that Hamlet is in fact not insane.
Shakespeare must have known his Hamlet would be nearly impossible to decipher, otherwise he would surely have omitted Hamlet’s unlikely confidant, Horatio. Horatio becomes not only integral to the plot, but also allows the audience further insight as to what is stirring within the title character. Hamlet comes to deeply trust Horatio because he perceives that he “hast been as one in suffering all that suffers nothing” (III.ii.69-70). Horatio, a man “[w]hose blood and judgment are so well commeddled,” takes “with equal thanks … fortune’s buffets and rewards” (III.ii.71-74). Though soliloquys are a direct connection to characters’ thoughts and motives, confidants serve a higher purpose by not only eliciting these honest thoughts, but also asking the main character questions the audience wishes to ask.
Although Laertes meant well in avenging his father’s death, his emotional behavior overtook him in the process. If we look at other characters in the play, we find a similar struggle between a noble goal and one’s emotions. Hamlet fights the same battle as Laertes does; however, Hamlet is better able to control his emotions. To maintain a noble goal without faltering, one must be able to rid one’s self of emotions that lead to undesirable actions. To understand Laertes’s erratic behavior, we must first establish his proper motive.
Overall Hamlet is quite the insightful character. In the play Hamlet, the main character Hamlet is the brightest for numerous reasons. For one Hamlet does not kill Claudius right away, instead he waits for a better moment. Also he tricks Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and escapes his death. Finally because he makes sure Claudius is guilty by having actors putting on a play about his father’s death, and then having Horatio measure Claudius’s guilt.
He goes beyond the standards to which reasonable people adhere. Hamlet's main tragic flaw is anger because through the play he acts upon impulse rather than logic, which results in the destruction of himself and his cruel remarks to Ophelia that contribute to her suicide. Since Hamlet does not give into his suicidal impulse, he is admired by the audience and given the qualities of a tragic hero. Throughout the play he is dominated by calculating reason and his contemplative nature. Often times Hamlet fantasizes about death.
From this point onward Hamlet is under a constant dilemma. He does not find himself ready to take the revenge. If Hamlet had killed Claudius at the first opportunity than the revenge would have been taken but his internal dilemma would have never been solved. This play became very popular and the reason for the popularity was Shakespeare’s use of the character Hamlet and through this character he has tried to exemplify the complex workings of human’s mind. Shakespeare used emotion, reason and attitude of Hamlet to allow the readers to form an opinion or make a judgment about the basic aspects of the life of human beings.
These lines show Caudius' attempt at good intentions, while Mel Gibson's (as Hamlet) response shows the distrust the character holds for him. This also sets up the relationship between young Hamlet and Claudius excellently for both the familiar audience as well as the audience inexperienced in Shakespeare. Still the question remains of why Zeffirelli chose to eliminate the opening scene that Shakespeare intended. In Shakespeare's version the opening scene establishes the existence ... ... middle of paper ... ...e a version of Hamlet which was not seen in Shakespeare's day. Primacy and recency would dictate that Shakespeare's audience would, in some way, concentrate on Fortenbras, whose presence begins and ends this play.