He then comes up with a plan to have the actors put on a play that is similar to the Murder of King Hamlet. Hamlet assumes that if Claudius has a reaction towards the play, he is guilty. This soliloquy is important because it reveals that Hamlet believes that he is dull spirited, it also points out that Hamlet is frustrated at himself for not having killed Claudius yet. All Hamlet is thinking about for the duration of this soliloquy is Claudius, and how he killed King Hamlet. Toward the end, Hamlet comes up with an idea to know if Claudius is guilty.
“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.
Taking revenge is an action of a resentful person who wishes to cause harm on someone for wrong done to oneself. It is up to the person taking revenge on how they will take action and when they will do it. In William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Hamlet plans on taking revenge of his father’s death by killing Claudius, his father’s murderer and successor to the throne. Although the passionate Hamlet wants to take revenge of his father’s murder, Hamlet ends up taking a lot of time before he takes any physical action. Hamlet’s delay of his revenge is caused by Hamlet’s testing of the ghost, his frustration with his mother, and his act of antic disposition.
They are all Hamlets in a sense because of the murders of their fathers but other men. They feel they must revenge these murders of King Fortinbras by King Hamlet and Polonius by Hamlet himself. The three men are also all of the same age and in the same position, striving for honour and for respect. However, despite the situational similarities, there are vast contrasts between these three men, when compared to Hamlet.Hamlet’s character is flawed. Samuel Taylor Coleridge sees Hamlet as “brave and careless of death; but he vacillates from sensibility, and procrastinates from thought, and loses the power of action in the energy of resolve” thus Hamlet simply is slow and decides to struggle inside more than taking actual revenge for his father’s murder.
Hamlet also demonstrates his flaw when he says “That would be scanned,”(Shakespeare III.iii.76) which basically means that he wants think more about the situation at hand, before following it through. His nature to over-think matters is considered a tragic flaw, because his decision to put off the murder of Claudius, leads to the death of many characters in the play, including him. Not only does Hamlet miss his opportunity when he scum’s to his flaw, but he also displays another tragic flaw, which is to procrastinate. Ophelia’s character flaw that is displayed is her emotional weakness. Ultimately Ophelia’s flaw is the reason for her own death, which is what makes it so tragic.
"Haste me to know't, that I with wings as swift As meditation or the thoughts of love May sweep to my revenge." (Act one scene V pg 45) An example of Hamlet's intelligence occurs when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern question him about the location of Polonius' body. Hamlet is clearly smarter than the two of them when he makes the statement: "A knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear." (Act four scene I pg 100) Hamlet is saying that his clever or, some what, offensive speech was wasted, and has no effect on a listener who does not understand. Hamlet also uses his intelligence to be rude and impertinent towards Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with the statement which they did not understand: "That I keep my counsel and not mine own.
On one level it helps develop the reader’s understanding of some of the play’s key themes. The first of these is revenge. At this point in the play, after Hamlet has earlier been told by his father’s ghost that he was murdered by his brother, Hamlet’s uncle Claudius, Hamlet has taken no significant action to claim that revenge the ghost has demanded. He believes he has established grounds for taking the appropriate revenge, yet
On the hand, there lies Claudius. The reader has just learned that he was willing to kill his own brother to become king. Murder is a horrible thing, but killing your own brother for your own selfish needs is far beyond horrible. When learning this, in combination with feel bad for Hamlet, the reader is left hating Claudius for what he has done. Additionally, this is a very important scene in the play.
This presents the question “Does Hamlet ever truly go mad?” The leading events would certainly justify madness and his actions and conversations with other characters would indicate a true madman. This is exactly what he wants them to believe. He cunningly uses insanity as a provision in his quest to avenge his father’s death. It is during the conversation with his father’s ghost that Hamlet first admits his contrived madness when he says “How strange or odd some’er I bear myself- As perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on” (1.5; 179-181). He further elaborates exactly how he will convince people of his madness by saying “That you at such times seeing me, never shall, With arms encumbered thus, or this headshake, Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase” (1.5; 182-184).