The lack of loyalty within the family is essentially what causes the state of Denmark to deteriorate so quickly. The significance of loyalty is reinforced by the fact that if Claudius had any loyalty to his brother, the dramatic chain of events that proceeded after the king’s death, leading to the death of many characters would never have eventuated. Firstly, Claudius shows disloyalty to his brother and king in killing him to become King, as the ghost tells Hamlet, “The serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown.” He is further unfaithful by marrying his brother’s wife in what is described as “an o’erhasty marriage.” This disloyalty had a significant effect on the state of Denmark, essentially commencing the chain of events that lead to there being “something rotten in the state Denmark.” If Denmark was “an unweeded garden,” Claudius betrayal of the crown was its roots. Gertrude also proves unfaithful to the king in marrying Claudius. The significance of this lack of loyalty is seen in its influence on Hamlet.
Friar Lawrence is partly to blame for the death of the “ill-fated lovers”, as this plan is too dangerous to undergo, and he also does not fulfil his duty. He does not deliver the letter to Romeo, resulting in Romeo’s lack of awareness for the plan. This, in turn, contributes majorly to his death, as he does not know that Juliet is in a trance. Therefore, Friar Lawrence has a share of the blame, as his carelessness in the delivery of the letter is the reason Romeo dies. Subsequent to Friar Lawrence’s negligence which resulted in Romeo’s death, the Friar is left in the tomb with the waking Juliet.
Here Macbeth has lied because he has been to see the weird sisters earlier in the play.This now tells us that his loyalty is deteriorating as he prepares himself for the murder of King Duncan. This is dramatic irony because the audience know that he is going to kill the King however most of the actors on stage don’t know of his plan. As the play goes on you discover that Macbeth becomes less and less loyal to Banquo (ending in his murder) also to his wife Lady Macbeth by showing little regret for her death ‘She should have died hereafter’ this tells the
Hamlet: Love Lasts a Lifetime Hamlet’s peers thought that the cause of his sudden insanity was his love for Ophelia; many readers question his love for her. Ophelia she was a beauty that many people thought was unworthy of a prince; she was a courtier’s daughter. What many of them did not realize was that the main reason for Hamlet’s madness was caused by his hatred for Claudius and his mother, Gertrude. Hamlets need to avenge his father’s unjust murder lead to the termination of his relationship with Ophelia. People may argue that Hamlet only acted like he loved Ophelia, but I feel that he truly did have feelings for her and his vengeance got in the way of their love.
The tragic flaw that each character possesses allows for the perfection and desired control to turn in to chaos and loss of morality. Throughout Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the characters Hamlet, Claudius and Laertes all allow their character trait of being an idealist, lead to their death and the death of each other. In William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, the main character experiences enormous inner turmoil, for he fails to acknowledge the human tendency to make mistakes. With his idealistic perception of the world, Hamlet vulnerably throws himself into a reality, thus, delaying his ability to act upon his deepest desire to avenge the death of his father. As Claudius in deep prayer repents his sins, Hamlet ceases to act upon the revenge that is dwelling inside of him.
How Far Does Hamlet’s tragic flaw ultimately lead to the demise of Ophelia or is it not entirely his miss-doing? In Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, “one must be of an aristocratic stature whose destruction is for a greater cause of principle.” Hamlet fits this definition of a tragic hero; his tragic flaw, or harmatia as Aristotle defines it, is his inability to make a decision. We see Hamlet debate his options numerous times throughout the play, most notably in his “to be or not to be” soliloquy where he contemplates the notion of suicide. Hamlet also has moral tunnel vision; all his actions are based on revenge which causes the death of Ophelia and many other characters in the kingdom. Ophelia’s life is most notably affected by Hamlet due to the relationship they share, the relationship changes under the circumstances due to the death of Hamlet’s father.
He moans on about how he feel he cannot cope and that he should just commit suicide to get rid of the pain he is feeling. . In the first line of the soliloquy he uses repetition ‘too too’ to show that he is desperate to commit suicide, because he feels betrayed by his own mother and is grieving over the loss of his father, all of what is going on turns him to a frantic state of mind ‘God ,God’. The feeling of self-pity is still apparent but Hamlet starts to feel helpless and powerless, especially as he knows his uncle is now king, and therefore Claudius has much power over him. At the ending of the soliloquy he feels a sense of helplessness ‘for I must hold my tongue’ and again starts to pity himself.
Hamlet finds it difficult to carry out his revenge before he realises that there is a “divinity which shapes us all”, as he is caught up with the concept of death and troubled by his own inability to act. Hamlet is deeply upset by everything which his happening around him, especially his mothers “incestuous’ relationship with Claudius. He is extremely critical of himself, often calling himself a “coward”,” pigeon livered” and “lacking gall” as he cannot just kill
Hamlet's tragic flaw is his indecisiveness to act on his thoughts. Hamlet tends to over-think and weigh the consequences of his actions rather than just act on them, this is shown through Hamlet's soliloquys. Hamlet is always questioning himself so he will make the best decision. No matter how admirable this is it slows him down from killing Claudius. Hamlet even says himself, “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all” (III.i.54).
The death of Hamlet’s father creates an immense obligation that demands revenge, causing distress, deception, and corruption in which the hero must stay true to himself and to Denmark. When Hamlet learns of his father’s death, he is depressed and mourning the loss. Hamlet wears black clothes to symbolize his depression and prefers solitude over speaking to other people. Although when he does speak with anyone, he only converses about depressing subject matters. Gertrude, Claudius, Polonius, and many other characters all discover that Hamlet is having a very hard time with the death of his father.