She is faced with a huge dilemma, not being allowed to talk to her beloved Hamlet who apparently does not even want to be with her any longer. To make things worse, Hamlet of course accidentally murders her father. The first act of insanity by Claudius spreads this infectious behavior into other characters. After all, Claudius must have been very unstable to think that murdering his brother and marrying his sister-in law would be a good idea. In addition, Gertrude is not as innocent as she would like to think either, she remarried in a matter of months and seems more worried about keeping her high social status instead of grieving the loss of her husband.
But he does. While Hamlet slowly is driven mad by visits from the ghost of his father and the scheming plots of his uncle Claudius, the one thing that actually keeps Hamlet focused and centered are his feelings for Ophelia. Hamlet’s seemingly unreasonable actions and questionable motives toward her are all part of a ruse to fool everybody at court and actually protect her from being used as leverage by the murderous King Claudius. There are several moments where Hamlet professes his love for Ophelia in moments where he didn’t have to, which in my opinion point to where his heart really lies. Let’s explore the moments within the text where Hamlet actually used his smarts to trick the other conniving characters into thinking that he didn’t love Ophelia and was going insane instead.
Shakespeare had to make recourse to a wholly artificial device in order to show Hamlet in action, or inaction – the soliloquy. Another strain that goes through Hamlet, and a disturbing one, is the abuse by Hamlet of his former beloved and his mother, Ophelia and Gertrude. In his scenes with Ophelia, Hamlet is relentlessly cruel, charging her with a lustful nature, a dishonest heart, a dissembling appearance, and so on. He builds up, in scene three, to an utterly misogynistic rant, beginning, “I have heard of your paintings well enough.” Men in the English Renaissance were obsessed with women’s make-up, which they took to be a symbol of feminine wiles, excuses, manipulations, artifices, and hypocrisies. Shakespeare, especially, has a long rhetorical history with this line of vitriol; it shows up in many of his plays and features strongly in his Sonnets.
That is when she says, “Alas, he’s mad” (Act 3 sc 4 line 121) When his mother is killed accidently by the king, Hamlet realizes something is up. All the death surrounding him has caused him to go completely insane and get revenge. He becomes mad and angry when at the king so he finally decides that to kill him for everything he did in his life. He also become mad at Leartes for plotting against him and killing him, and in his anger and insanity he kills him to. When the queen dies Hamlet screams, “O villainy,!
Hamlet Essay: “What does this soliloquy tells us about Hamlet’s state of mind?” (ACT ONE SCENE TWO) PLAN: * Punctuation – the hyphens suggest an overflow with an emotion * Language and tone he uses – ‘O’ self-pitying, * Classical references – Hercules, Niobe, satyr. * Attitudes to women – thinks his mother is a whore, disappointed in his mother for marrying so quickly after the death of her husband * Attitudes towards Claudius – anger, hatred Hamlet shows a mixture of emotions in his soliloquy in Act one Scene two. He shows much anger and hatred towards the close relationship of Claudius and his mother, especially when it has been so close to his father’s funeral. The use of the word ‘O’ shows he pities himself, as he repeats this several times through-out the soliloquy. 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.
Kris Lucas Mr. McClain Shakespeare, Period 3 February 3, 2012 ****** The feud between the Montagues and the Capulets drives Mercutio, Tybalt, Romeo, and Juliet to think irrationally and make mistakes that lead to their deaths. Romeo and Juliet are young and blindly fall in love because of one another’s physical attractiveness. Mercutio and Tybalt hate each other because of an age-old family feud, which they do not know the cause of. Romeo and Juliet’s Love cannot exist because of the hate between their families, so they act irrationally and end up dead; Likewise, Mercutio and Tybalt are driven to hate one another for their families and also die as a result of the hate. Rome and Juliet’s relationship is one sided and based on appearances.
The Prince tells the families his opinion when Romeo and Juliet are found dead: “Where be these enemies? Capulet, Montague, / See what a scourge is laid upon your hate” (5.3.291-292). In the end, even the Prince agrees that the families hate and constant pressure on their children killed them. The families they were born into want them to hate each other forcing Romeo and Juliet to do drastic things. The friar’s lack of communication, Romeo and Juliet’s emotions, and pressure from their families are responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s death.
“And for that offense / immediately we do exile him hence. / I have an interest in your hates proceeding” (3.2.202-204). This also causes problems later on in the play. If Romeo had not stabbed Tybalt he would not have been banished, causing Juliet to be depressed, and want to kill herself. Near the end of the play Romeo decides to kill himself, because he found of that Juliet is “dead.” He goes to the Apothecary to purchase a poison he will drink.
Misogyny that changed literature as we know it Hamlet a riveting story love and tragic deaths establishes this play created by Shakespeare as one of one the most tragic love stories of all time. Due to Hamlet’s constant changes in his feelings towards womankind in general, most of the deaths within the play occur at the end. Thus creating such a tragic and well beloved play of loved and lost. From Hamlet’s constant and drastic changes in the way he treats Ophelia, to how he treats his own mother in with a constant hatred of some level it seems. This causes both women to not have the ability to interpret Hamlet’s true feelings in the end.
The context of Hamlet leaves enough evidence to prove that Hamlet was sane and only pretended to be mad. The first time that the reader sees Hamlet, he is distraught due to his father’s death and the marriage of the Queen and Claudius, Hamlet’s mother and his father’s murderer. Hamlet describes his thoughts by saying, “O, that this too too solid flesh would melt Thaw and resolve itself into a dew! Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God!