The play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, written by Shakespeare is a comedy filled with love, magic and dreams. Shakespeare has created four groups of characters for the reader to learn about, the lovers, the royals, the fairies and the mechanicals. All groups have a major impact on the play but one of the main groups is The Lovers who consist of Lysander, Helena, Demetrius and Hermia. Shakespeare uses Diction and Syntax to help the reader understand the characters better.
The play’s main conflict starts with King Claudius’ lie. At the beginning of the play, Claudius had become the new king of Denmark, and married his late brother’s widow only one month after the death of his brother. Not only is his action immoral, it is later revealed by the Ghost that he is the person that took his brother’s life by poison poured through the ear: “A serpent stung me. / So the whole ear of Denmark / Is by a forged process of my death / Rankly abused. But know, thou noble youth, / The serpent that did sting thy father’s life / Now wears his crown” (I.v.43-47). Claudius places a lie in Denmark so the people believed that a snake kill King Hamlet while he’s sleeping in the garden. However, the Ghost revealed the truth to Hamlet. Shakespeare uses this lie as the spark to ignite the conflicts between Hamlet and Claudius that eventually lead to Claudius’ death at the end of the novel; however, it also speaks volume of Claudius’ personality. He is selfish and cruel enough to kill his own brother for power without any remorse: “Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother’s death / The memory be green, and that it us befitted / To bear our hearts in grief… / Yet so far hath discretion fought with nature / That we with wisest sor...
Fairies, mortals, magic, love, and hate all intertwine to make A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare a very enchanting tale, that takes the reader on a truly dream-like adventure. The action takes place in Athens, Greece in ancient times, but has the atmosphere of a land of fantasy and illusion which could be anywhere. The mischievousness and the emotions exhibited by characters in the play, along with their attempts to double-cross destiny, not only make the tale entertaining, but also help solidify one of the play’s major themes; that true love and it’s cleverly disguised counterparts can drive beings to do seemingly irrational things.
More tragic play The tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark is the most popular works of William Shakespeare. Probably the popularity of this play lies in the use of character of Hamlet in exemplifying the human mind through its complex workings. Hamlet’s internal dilemma of making the decision whether he should revenge the death of his father or not was a crucial turn in his life as the state of mind was the main reason which effected the decision power one makes in his life. His uncle Claudius was the one who murdered his father and the moment when the ghost of Hamlet’s father appears and asks Hamlet as to when the revenge of his foul and most unnatural murder is to take place. 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. The reason the prince could not take the revenge of his father’s death was that he was a man of great moral integrity and to take revenge was an act which was against his deepest principals. Some of the other behaviors of the prince was that after the death of his father Hamlet became so disenchanted with his life that he lost all his desire and will to take any kind of revenge. Due to the delay in revenge Shakespeare was able to develop th...
In both Hamlet and King Lear, a plethora of characters could be considered villains, yet the interpretation and argument for a villain in Hamlet is more ambiguous. Given that most of Shakespeare’s plays are tragedies, villains naturally play a paramount role in successfully ending the depressing plots. This is showcased no better than by Claudius from Hamlet and Edmund from King Lear, both of whom are instrumental in contributing to the meanings and endings of their respective plays. Claudius and Edmund are two villains with different stories but similar motives who assist in developing a well-rounded piece of literature.
In the brilliantly executed play Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare in the sixteenth century, we see many different faces of people which turn towards the realistic side of life showing that not everyone is only good or only bad. In this specific play, it also displayed many contrasts of the main character, Hamlet, and how he was acting. Hamlet was portrayed as an apathetic son that was ignorant towards his duties, and many people in the play differed in their actions from his. He also took too long to lead out in his deeds and was much more indecisive than his other friends and family. Another point in which Hamlet failed but the people surrounding him didn 't was their loyalty and trust to the Kingship. Some obvious characters
In the renowned play Hamlet, the reader becomes aware of Hamlets two sided character, one side of Hamlet is known to the readers as someone who is delicate and intelligent and is capable to depict himself through the act of poetry and who expresses the truth. Another side of Hamlet, the not so bright side, is someone who treated Ophelia so heartlessly without any compassion, kills Polonius and says he will lug his guts into another room, and slaughters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with no guilt. Yet, many interpreters of Hamlet view him as a hero of a tragedy with a strong but sacred duty to slay Claudius. He has very many external problems, which prevents him from slaying Claudius immediately. Shakespeare intended for Hamlet to prolong the deaths of each character. If Hamlet would have immediately chased after vengeance then Polonius, Ophelia, Queen Gertrude, Claudius, Laertes, would have died and the play would have been short. Also Hamlet would have survived and Shakespeare would not have succeeded with all the tragedy in Hamlet. There are a wide range of justifications for Hamlet...
Throughout Shakespeare 's Hamlet, the protagonist, Hamlet himself, is determined to achieve his ultimate goal by seeing that Claudius is put to justice for the crime of murdering the king of Denmark, Claudius 's very brother and Hamlet 's father, and figures that he must pretend to have been driven insane by his father 's death in order to gather the evidence needed on Claudius without anyone figuring out his true intent. However, this ultimately becomes the undoing of Hamlet and causes harm to everyone that comes in contact with him. The suffering of others in the story, inflicted by Hamlet, are examples of the motifs of misogyny (evoked by his mother), incest and incestuous desires (occurring between Ophelia and Laertes, Claudius and Gertrude, and even Hamlet and Gertrude), which compliments and help develop the main themes, such as, the impossibility of certainty,
Hamlet is a revenge tragedy, written by William Shakespeare, in which the storyline’s primary motive is revenge. The story is complex and thought provoking. Hamlet provides a look at death, disease, murder, suicide, graves, and betrayal. Revenge tragedies offer no promise of eventual justice or happiness for the good people. In Hamlet, the highest levels of social figures were uneasy and plotting controversies. Hamlet was betrayed by his own mother and uncle. Hamlet’s uncle (Claudius) murdered Hamlet’s father. Claudius married Hamlet’s mother (Gertrude) in less than two months after the murder. Hamlet was made aware of the murder by a visit from his father’s ghost. The Ghost told Hamlet to revenge his death. Hamlet was shaken by this
Hamlet arrives home from his studies to discover that his uncle, Claudius, has murdered Hamlet’s father, the king of Denmark. Hamlet vows to avenge his father’s death by killing Claudius. Although Hamlet is obsessed with killing Claudius, his conscience seems to be plagued with the enormity of committing murder. Claudius’s conniving assassination of the king and Hamlet’s desire for justice make the two characters seem quite dissimilar. Hamlet the beloved prince is supposed to slay Claudius the scheming usurper. Yet, in some sense, Hamlet seeks the same path as Claudius. He wants to murder Claudius, just as Claudius murdered his father. To do this, however, would bring Hamlet down to Claudius’s level. The lust, manipulation, selfishness and even doubt that are so plainly seen in Claudius also exist within Hamlet and become apparent as he contemplates his revenge.