The play opens up with death already at the door. Hamlet is left with not only a deceased father and no clue as to what ended his life, but must also deal with his uncle taking the throne in his place. His father, in the after-life figure of a ghost, speaks to Hamlet. Informing him of his death and, in turn, setting about the first thoughts of revenge. ”Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” (I.v.25). As with every character in the play, Old Hamlet’s life was taken for one person’s selfishness or greed. His life was taken by the hands of his own brother for the power of being King.
In order to ensure that his uncle was indeed the man who took his father’s life, Hamlet looked upon his reaction in a play that re-enacted the method in which he took his life. Sure enough as soon as the deadly liquid was poured into the actor’s ear, the face of guilt overcame King Claudius. Hamlet became enraged and filled within his heart, vengeance and hatred. Hamlet’s quest for revenge would be the reaction that will set about the deaths of it’s unsuspecting victims.
Hamlet’s death is assured from his own obsession with death in the early part of the play. It seems as though Hamlet has gone mad and no longer values life, not even his own. His madness stems from Old Hamlet’s ghost exacting revenge; finding out his uncle murdered his father, and his mother’s cluelessness. All of these things combine to turn Hamlet into a heartless killer. One of h...
... middle of paper ...
...of the play. Her lover and her brother have a dual to the death in which both of their lives are taken. If she had not already thought about suicide before, then she certainly would be thinking of it after that. I’m sure that during the time that she was drowning in the brook she had not fought to survive. After all, even if she had not planned it, it was a way for her to escape all of the troubles that were occurring within her life.
Shakespeare paints a vivid picture of the deaths that are carried out in the book with his use of words and description of life and the afterlife. The death of each individual holds a certain meaning, for each death sets about a reaction. It just goes to show that revenge and greed is never the answer and a heart filled with such will be the death of one self. No one in the book dies without a purpose or without an elaborate reason.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- ... Because of his act, he does convince people that he is crazy and all the meanwhile he plotting an attack or what he calls a revenge. Early on, the blundering Polonius says, "though this be madness, yet there is method in 't" (Act II). Polonius 's statement is ironic because he is right and wrong at the same time. Polonius falsely believes Hamlet 's madness comes from Hamlet 's love of Ophelia. Polonius shows the king and queen letters written by Hamlet to Ophelia. Polonius refers to Hamlet’s insane emotions and plays into them by doing this.... [tags: Hamlet, Gertrude, Characters in Hamlet, Death]
1174 words (3.4 pages)
- Throughout the book Hamlet, by Shakespeare there are various deaths that occur first is the death of King Hamlet, the death of Ophelia and the death of Queen Gertrude. King Hamlet was assassinated by his own brother Claudius, who is now married to the Queen Gertrude. Ophelia was Hamlet love who died by drowning in a river. Queen Gertrude has different views towards her husband 's death King Hamlet, towards Ophelia, Polonius and her own death. Shakespeare portrays Gertrude as a strong and emotionally distant character.... [tags: Characters in Hamlet, Hamlet, Gertrude, Death]
907 words (2.6 pages)
- In act IV, scene III, Shakespeare addresses the play’s themes and messages; those being ambivalence and how people are one and the same in the end of life. Hamlet speaks in an eccentric riddle form but there are underlying messages communicated through Hamlet’s craziness and Claudius’ confusion. The ideas are conversed through Claudius and Hamlet and convey the morals of the drama, Hamlet. Shakespeare also takes the liberty in this section to show how diverse and opposite the characters of Claudius and Hamlet are by differentiating their literary devices.... [tags: Death, Shakespeare, Hamlet, ]
1213 words (3.5 pages)
- The very act of engaging with fiction necessitates recognizing the possibilities and the limits of words. The audience of, for example, Hamlet obviously recognizes that the aim of words is not always to accurately describe reality. Yet, this recognition brings along with it a frightening realization: even when one tries, it is next to impossible to use words to accurately describe reality. In his 1951 article The Word In Hamlet, John Paterson argues that this crisis alarms Hamlet because of its relation to the greater chasm between appearance and substance; and that the crisis is ultimately solved by a reunion of word and deed in the play’s end.... [tags: hamlet, john paterson, death scene]
1000 words (2.9 pages)
- ... When the ghostly figure does appear it is only late at night and never speaks to the men, but rather disappears when asked to speak. In the movie it was really hard to make out the figure at first but as it approached the men I was able to see the in fact the figure seemed to be wearing a suit of armor and had a sword. The men also having seen this, believe it is Hamlets deceased father, King Hamlet, who fought in war in the exact uniform. The men decided that Hamlet should be made aware of this ghostly figure resembling his father walks among them, and so they tell him.... [tags: Hamlet, William Shakespeare, Ghost, Death]
1243 words (3.6 pages)
- At the end of the play the following characters are alive; Horatio, Fortinbras, and some minor characters (including Reynaldo, Bernardo, and Marcellus). The father of Fortinbras, and former King of Norway, died as he was killed by King Hamlet amidst battle over land. King Hamlet was killed by his brother Claudius, while he (King Hamlet) was taking his usual nap in his garden. During this nap, Claudius poured a vile poison in his ear and killed King Hamlet. Polonius was killed as he responds to Queen Gertrude’s cry for help during her conversation with Hamlet in her room.... [tags: Characters in Hamlet, Hamlet, Gertrude]
1476 words (4.2 pages)
- ... The ghost also denounces Claudius’s character as “incestuous” and “adulterate” in reference to his marriage with Gertrude. He claims that Claudius seduces Gertrude into the marriage by corrupting and convincing her that marrying her brother-in-law shortly after her husband’s death is an acceptable behavior. Using corruption as a tool, Claudius manipulates people around him to achieve certain goals, such as killing Hamlet. When Laertes is struggling with anger, hate and the need to revenge for his family, Claudius advises, “now must your conscience my acquaintance seal, and you must put me in your heart for a friend, with you have heard, and with a knowing ear, that he which hath your nob... [tags: Characters in Hamlet, Hamlet, Gertrude]
1250 words (3.6 pages)
- ... Despite all this, instead of taking revenge immediately, Hamlet wants to find out whether his ghostly father is telling the truth. This takes a while as Hamlet would eventually realize it is true later in the play. Hamlet had a so much time to kill King Claudius but it is his uncertainty of his father 's words that delays the revenge. Later in act 3 scene 3, King Claudius is seen kneeling in prayer as he confesses his sins. Hamlet enters from the back side of Claudius who does not know that Hamlet is behind him.... [tags: Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet, Decision making]
1056 words (3 pages)
- ... “O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw and resolve itself into a dew. Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon ’gainst self-slaughter. O God, God”(I, 2, 129-132). Hamlet is whining about that he wished his flesh would be melted away, but he is also then saying that God made suicide a sin. I find this quote to be very interesting because it somewhat brings in a relationship between Hamlet and God. Hamlet does not really support what God has made a sin, but that does not mean Hamlet disobeys God.... [tags: Characters in Hamlet, Hamlet, Gertrude, Suicide]
1279 words (3.7 pages)
- Mel Gibson says that all of the deaths during the play result from Hamlet's decision to not kill Claudius while he is praying. Agree or disagree and explain why. Hamlet, The Prince Of Denmark, one of the most well known plays written by William Shakespeare, it's a tale of tragedy, revenge, greed, and love. Surely one would think it to be disturbing, and perhaps even a little on the gory side, but why did William Shakespeare write suck a terrible and gloomy play. He could have been inspired by a certain event in his life, maybe he simply enjoyed leading on his audience, one thing is certain Shakespeare made every incident inside the play happen for a exact, and specific reason.... [tags: William Shakespeare Hamlet Analysis]
1600 words (4.6 pages)