How does Polonius react to the news of Hamlet’s strange behavior? · He thinks Hamlet is just mad because Ophelia dissed him. 3. What evidence of Hamlet’s affections for Ophelia exists? · He tells Ophelia he loves her and does not love her, thinks she should never have trusted him but wants her to go away to a nunnery for her own protection.
“To be or not to be, that is the question; whether’ tis nobler in the mind to suffer...” (Shakespeare Act 3, Scene 1). This quotation proves Hamlet becomes inferior to others and the environment through his madness, causing him to express himself explicitly towards others. Hamlet’s madness not only causes his loved ones lives but it allows his “end” to come because he accepts every challenge from his opponent. Hamlet’s madness not only affects him but Ophelia, who is mentally torn apart by Hamlet. Ophelia was once flawless, but since her encounter with Hamlet she has fallen into the same madness and wants to kill herself.
Different events throughout the play lead these relationships to change, and lead both Romeo and Juliet to distrust their parental figures. For example when the Nurse, whom Juliet trusts deeply, refers to Romeo as a “dishclout” despite knowing that he is Juliet’s husband, this then leads Juliet to distrust the Nurse. When Capulet’s “fingers itch” after Juliet has disobeyed him, this could also be seen as failure on Capulet’s part to be a good parent. Some may argue that these events are examples of how Romeo and Juliet are failed by their parents and parental figures. In Act 3 scene 5 it could be argued that Juliet is failed by both her parents.
They loved each other so much, that they would die for each other. Although these two characters loved each other it didn’t guarantee happiness, for their love was forbidden and impossible before it ever began. The characters in the play that had misfortunate love were Romeo, Juliet, and Paris. Romeo had two loves, romantically, in this play. His love for Rosaline which was not returned therefore resulted in a depression.
Rosaline is unobtainable, just like Juliet was at first. Romeo's words for his love for Rosaline are very insincere and he discusses his love for Rosaline using sad language "Aye me sad hours seem long", "In sadness, cousin, I love a woman." When Benvolio asks who he loves, Romeo does not give a straight answer but instead complains that she does not return his love "From Love's weak childish bow she lives uncharmed."
This is one area in which perhaps Macbeth as a tragic hero is distinct, as in other cases, such as Julius Caesar, he ignores his wife's advice. If Macbeth's tragic flaw is his ambition, in other tragic heroes the hamartia is different. In King Lear, for example, Lear is undone by his own strong pride that causes him to mistake his two unfaithful daughters to be faithful and to identify the one daughter that loves him truly as being ungrateful. Cordelia's response in honestly only giving her father the love that it is her duty to give backfires disastrously, even though she retains her integrity, as Lear ends up disowning her: Here I disclaim all my parental care, Propinquity, and property of blood, And as a stranger to my heart and me Hold thee from this forever. Lear's tragedy is made in the foolish decision that his pride drives him to in Act I scene 1, and he is distinct from the tragic hero of Macbeth in the nature of his tragic flaw and in the fact that throughout the play he is only surrounded by characters who love him, support him and want what is best for him.
Ophelia is the representation of absolute innocence and her downfall inspires our earnest goodwill, that is, we feel deeply sorry for her. A mere pawn in the machinations of her father Polonius, Ophelia's ultimate fate is a devastating one. She is rejected by Hamlet, and then loses her father at the hands of her lover. Ophelia's residence at the castle was dependent on her father's
Antigone’s sense of judgment grew more and more unclear due to her pride as she ignores Ismene’s advice to bury their brother in secret, but instead she tells Ismene, “oh, oh, no! shout it out. I will hate you still worse for silence-should you not proclaim it, to everyone” (2040). Her pride is also the source of her bravery that enables her to accept her fate and believes that it will be good to die and lay by her brother’s side to stand up for her beliefs. Antigone’s inhibitions grew even stronger when she is summoned to face her uncle, Creon, about her disobedient actions.
We learn that Hamlet had confessed her love to her but her brother warns Ophelia that as a prince, Hamlet can't choose who he is to marry and that he is probably just trying to steal her virginity. She shows how loyal she is to her brother when she tells him that she has locked her relationship with Hamlet in her memory and has given Laertes the key. As Laertes is leaving, their father Polonius enters the conversation. She tells him that she doesn’t fully comprehend Hamlet's affections but that he spoke “with almost all the holy vows of heaven.” Worried that Hamlet is not being honest with her, Polonius forbids her to be with him, to which Ophelia replies “I shall obey, my lord.” It is shown through Polonius and Laertes' talks with Ophelia that they believe she is innocent of mind and is lacking proper judgement in these situations. They also show how much they care for her and their protective nature towards her.
Everyman places his faith in material things, his friends, relatives and goods. These material things do him no good. Fellowship claims he "will not forsake thee to my life's end" (Everyman 213), yet when Everyman asks Fellowship to accompany him on his journey for redemption and ultimately death he "will not go that loath journey- / Not for the father that begat me!" (Everyman 268-269). By placing his faith in man rather than God, he does not receive "any more comfort" (Everyman 304).