“Hamlet is of the faction that is wronged;/ His madness is poor Hamlet’s enemy.” In the William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Hamlet struggles internally throughout. After his father, Hamlet, is killed by his uncle, Claudius, Hamlet looks to seek revenge. Claudius is now king, and married to young Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude and now holds power over the kingdom. In his plot to kill Claudius to avenge his father, Hamlet takes on insanity as part of the act. While pretending his insanity, he mistakenly kills Polonius, councillor to the king, and also drives his lover, Ophelia, to suicide. In addition, Hamlet abandons all those he once called friends except for his one confidant, Horatio. Eventually, the insanity, once feigned by Hamlet, morphed into reality and became his enemy.
Shakespeare’s Hamlet revolves around the title character’s undeniable obligation to immediately avenge his father’s death by killing Claudius. Yet much time elapses before Hamlet finally does slay his evil uncle, leading to a fundamental question: what causes the hero to delay before eventually managing to salvage some retribution? The answer is that Hamlet’s reoccuring state of impractical contemplation renders him incapable of any decisive action that could have brought quick revenge.
Ophelia: A Victim of Circumstance. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the character of Ophelia is the most tragic of all characters. Ophelia is a victim of her life’s circumstance. Having no mother to guide her, she lacks a sense of self needed to navigate the rough waters of relationships.
Hamlet vs Laertes Both Laertes and Hamlet both have similar and unique personality traits. These two characters are essential parts to the structure and theme of this play. Laertes tends to be possibly, in my opinion, an earlier version of Hamlet. Laertes has a positive outlook on life and seems to make the best of his life. Hamlet on the other hand looks at life only for its negative qualities and it almost seems that Hamlet wants to have more bad things to look at and have a reason to be depressed about.
In Act III of Hamlet much of the plot begins to take it’s turn. It shows to King Claudius that he is found out, he will no longer be able to go on as if he did nothing.
William Shakespeare is a historic writer that is well known and wrote many plays in his lifetime. In most of his plays, if not all, he has incorporated hidden meanings and messages. The majority of his hidden meanings are controversial topics of his time period. In Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, the controversial topic that is throughout the play is religion and the afterlife. Afterlife plays a big role in Hamlet and is discussed throughout the play. Multiple authors have written on the topic of afterlife and religion in Shakespeare’s play, especially Hamlet. One author that has written on the topic is Paul Dean. In his paper, “The Afterlife of Hamlet”, he includes quotes from Stephen Greenblatt, Roy Battenhouse, William Empson, and many other writers.
William Shakespeare's Hamlet When first introduced to Hamlet he is a character full of pain and confusion, still mourning his father’s death, ‘But two months dead-nay, not so much, not two’. The punctuation here highlights Hamlet’s anguish. Significantly, Hamlet is already portrayed as a misfit, as no one else within the court but Hamlet is wearing mourning clothes; in Shakespeare’s time it would have been worn for at least a year following the death of a king. This gives an immediate and striking indication of the character’s isolation, his alienation and the power Claudius has already obtained within the court.
William Shakespeare's Hamlet There are enough conceptions, and thus misconceptions, about the melancholy Dane to fill volumes. However, while none of them has proved entirely acceptable, some of them, such as the diagnoses that Hamlet simply “procrastinates” or “cannot make up his mind” prove utterly unsatisfactory under careful scrutiny of the play and, perhaps more importantly, Hamlet himself. Indeed, it appears as if there are certain points in the play in which Hamlet comes to reversals as he eventually counters each one of his own arguments and concludes each of his struggles, until, in his return from England, he is someone quite different from the self-loathing, melancholy, emotionally torn man in the “inky cloak” (I.ii.77) to the one who proclaims “This is I,/ Hamlet the Dane” (V.i.258). One theme throughout Hamlet is a desire for suicide, a self-loathing that prompts him, time and time again, even after he receives a vocation from his dead father to “revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” (I.v.26), to consider taking his own life and, in so doing, allow him to escape from the world, a prison, “A goodly one, in which there are many confines, wards, and dungeons, Denmark being one o’th’ worst” (II.ii.246-248).
Hamlet in William Shakespeare's Play In this essay I am going to consider the elements which illustrate whether Hamlet is a weak revenger, a man with a fatal flaw, a misfit in a treacherous world and the instability of his consciousness. Hamlet’s first soliloquy has crucial significance to the play as it accentuates his internal conflict caused by preceding events such as his father’s death, and distaste for Claudius. The troubled traits of Hamlet are communicated well by the imagery that is used in this soliloquy. Hamlet says that he wants his "too too solid flesh" to ...melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew". This goes alongside, "How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world", where the chain of downbeat adjectives, display how difficult Hamlet’s emotional state is.