40-43). He should think the ghost is right because of the unusual events with his father’s passing and his mother’s hasty remarriage to his uncle; accused of killing his father, the king, by the ghost. Yet he questions that it may be a demon coming with intentions of wicked proportions. Prioritizing his love for Ophelia, Hamlet did not show his love to Ophelia until she was just a cold, dead corpse being put 6 feet under. Throughout the play Hamlet has not shown any affection or true love towards Ophelia and has put her off.
Hamlet derives a plan to have actors re-enact the death of his father as told to him by the ghost. He watches Claudius during the play, and knows from the way Claudius behaves that he did indeed kill his father. He wants to kill Claudius, but puts it off several times. He knows that it is a sin and against the law to kill out of revenge. He also sees Claudius praying for forgiveness, but wouldn’t kill him because he wouldn’t ascend to heaven.
If Hamlet’s hypothesis proves to be true, then King Claudius should exhibit some sort of reaction. Inevitably, Claudius acquits himself poorly as he departs from the performances in a fit of rage. In his later soliloquy, Claudius admits himself to being the cause of King Hamlet’s death: “O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven; / It hath the primal eldest curse upon ‘t, / A brother’s murder” (III.iii.40-41). Witnessing the play sparks the latent animosity King Claudius has against Hamlet. With such bitterness towards the prince, King Claudius sets forth his own plan to kill Hamlet.
This sadness Hamlet feels, makes him question his own life in his famous “to be or not to be” soliloquy. The murder of Claudius is his ultimate revenge, but before doing so Hamlet must deal with the incestuous activity that occurred between his mother and his uncle. Hamlets plot for revenge on Claudius is furthered as he realizes that after the death of his father, King Hamlet, Claudius and his mother quickly got married. Hamlet is so frustrated with his mother and her actions, that he yells, “frailty thy name is woman!” (Shakespeare Act I scene II). His hate for women is furthered as seen in his treatment toward Ophelia later on during the play.
As Claudius in deep prayer repents his sins, Hamlet ceases to act upon the revenge that is dwelling inside of him. “To take him in the purging of his soul When he is fit and seasoned for his passage? No. Up, sword, and know thou a more horrid hent.” (Act 3, Scene 3, 85-87). Hamlet’s idealistic perception to have the death of Claudius perfectly plotted leads to his demise, as it allows for Claudius to plot a death for Hamlet.
Everyone pities Laertes as his father and sister die; however Claudius uses this as an advantage to have Laertes kill Hamlet. Hamlet comes back to Denmark, much to Laertes’ advantage, with no knowledge of his upcoming demise. Gertrude feels sorry for Laertes and comes back with Ophelia’s death in scene vii. Laertes is mad at Hamlet and wants to kill him. Laertes is a foil of
Immediately after murdering Duncan, Macbeth experiences a combination of remorse and panic. He says that he has heard a voice saying “Sleep no more! Macbeth doth murder sleep.” He was so scared and so out of sorts that he has left the bloody dagger he used to kill the king at the scene of
The ghost tells hamlet he needs to kill King Claudius but Hamlet is to busy consumed in all the problems he has, that he doesn’t act at the right time. He had many chances to do something about King Claudius but didn’t because he was too indecisive about it. For example: when the King is kneeling paying Hamlet has a chance to kill him but he doesn’t. He talks himself out of murdering him, and instead makes a play to see if he is guilty. Hamlet talks to the actors of the play and decides to make them act out his father’s murder.
God! How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable, Seem to me all the uses of this world! This is the first time that the reader sees Hamlet’s inner turmoil as he considers committing suicide over the death of his father but decides he cannot, for the consequence would be hell. It is important to note that purgatory and hell are referenced numerous times throughout the play as a consequence for giving into selfish thoughts or actions. In this particular instance however, this soliloquy also lends to the idea that Hamlet is insane due to the passing of his father.
Hamlet’s anger and grief- primarily stemming from his mother’s marriage to Claudius- brings him to thoughts of suicide, which only subside as a result of it being a mortal and religious sin. The fact that he wants to take his own life demonstrates a weakness in his character; a sense of cowarness, his decision not to kill himself because of religious beliefs shows that this weakness is balanced with some sense of morality. Such an obvious paradox is only one example of the inner conflict and turmoil that will eventually lead to Hamlet’s downfall. In addition to this internal struggle, Hamlet feels it is his duty to dethrone Claudius and become the King of Denmark. This revenge, he