Throughout Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, cruelty surrounds the people from the inside and out. The characters begin the story as heart-welcoming souls, but as the story proceeds, cruelty forces the worst out of people. Macbeth demonstrates many attributes of a cruel man. His cruel mind leads him to be delirious as he murders his own king, Duncan. Sometimes, people need an object or attribute so badly they can bring out the worst of themselves.
Hamlet Act 4 Questions 1. When Gertrude tells the King that Hamlet is “Mad as the sea and the wind when both contend which is the mightier.” I think she is believes that she because, Gertrude explains how Hamlet was in such a wrath that he was carless enough to kill a person that was hiding behind the curtain one of which he didn’t know the true identity of the man. 2. Claudius’s immediate reaction to the news of Polonius’s death reveals about his character that he is selfish and truly only cares about his own life and not about Polonius’s life. But he is also frightened of Hamlet and he isn’t as righteous a man as he wants people to believe that he is, he as well doesn’t want his public image will be ruined by this.
Laertes has no time for thoughts or moral reflection; he is hard set on revenge. Ophelia’s insanity is a poignant element in the play and it contrasts strongly with Hamlet’s antic disposition. In scene VII we see Claudius at his most calculating and manipulative. Claudius will use Laertes’ rage to dispose of Hamlet. Claudius and Laertes come up with three plans to ensure Hamlet’s death.
Is Hamlet Insane? The topic of whether Hamlet is insane or not insane has become a very controversial dispute. Some say he Hamlet actually started to progressively become insane as the play went on (thoughts of suicide, etc.) and some say that he just put on an act to gain an opportunity to avenge his father’s death., who was murdered my Claudius, his brother. I believe that Hamlet was completely aware of the words he spoke and the actions he made and acted in a way that could be considered “insane” for vengeance.
He has lost the ability to sense right and wrong. He has become twisted and evil. Macbeth has got what he has worked for and promised. He becomes king by killing and is unwanted by the people. With all of his murders, it lead someone to become suspicious of him.
As stated in the following quote “You shall do marvellous wisely, good Reynaldo, before you visit him, to make inquire of his behaviour” (2.1.3-5). Polonius was ordering the servant Reynaldo to spy on Laertes, and to secretly look after him. This type of logic that Polonius is using shows the distrust and fake appearance that he portrays to his own son. Another method of deception used by Polonius would be concealment. After Hamlet had staged the play, and noticed Claudius’s reaction, Gertrude was willing to speak to Hamlet about the play, and how Claudius is furious about it.
Hamlet thinks it’s the king who is doing the spying and therefore ends up killing Polonius. This foil of Hamlet gives him a violent image and makes him look like he doesn’t know how to control his emotions. Polonius’s problem is the same, yet the results are less severe. Polonius makes himself sound like a fool by not thinking through things thoroughly Another foil in Hamlet is young Fortinbras, the nephew to the king of Norway. Like Hamlet, Fortinbras’ father was also killed, and his uncle took over the throne.
He commits murder and puts his entire kingdom in danger. Still, many of his evil acts are committed while he is under the influence of the Weird Sisters and Lady Macbeth, who are often considered to be the true villains of the play. At the end of the play, Macbeth realizes the evil he has committed and seems to feel sorrow for such. Because of this realization Macbeth is often viewed as a tragic hero, for tragic heroes almost always recognize the errors they have committed by the end of their stories and seek, in some manner, to atone for them. Macbeth is indeed a bit too complex to be categorised as a villain or a hero.
In The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare demonstrates the build of guilt and remorse that Macbeth and his Queen begin to develop, consequently aids and foreshadows their demise. Shakespeare uses a wide variety of imagery to emphasize how guilt affects Macbeth’s life. Also, throughout the play, multiple pieces of evidence are displayed to prove how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both change drastically from the beginning to the end of this piece. Finally, towards the end of the play, Macbeth finally comes to terms with himself and his devious actions, thus restoring his old mentality. Guilt is a factor of human nature and touches just about everyone at some point.
It is in human nature that the more power one desires the more corrupt one’s actions must become to achieve it. The tragedy of Macbeth is about a Scottish noble whose lust for power leads him to do many terrible deeds that in the end lead to his demise. Although Macbeth is ultimately responsible for his fall from greatness, the witches’ prophecies and Lady Macbeth’s manipulation assist in his downfall. Macbeth’s growing character degenerates from a noble man to a violent and paranoid individual. At first, Macbeth and nobility were synonymous terms.