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.
Lear's tragedy is made in the foolish decision that his pride drives him to in Act I scene 1, and he is distinct from the tragic hero of Macbeth in the nature of his tragic flaw and in the fact that throughout the play he is only surrounded by characters who love him, support him and want what is best for him. This is of course in sharp contrast to Lady Macbeth.
Shakespeare uses the persona of Polonius, as a satirical figure and as a foil, to show what is wrong with the court of the time. Polonius is also the father of Laertes and Ophelia who are integral to the final downfall of the Danish kingdom. The tensions that arise from the death of Polonius is prevalent throughout the remainder of the play, and his passing sets the tone for the rest of the piece. The diction that is used by Polonius in the play “hamlet” is really what defines him as a character. His use of complex language to increase his intelligence is both farcical and comical in nature.
Lastly, in line 137, Hamlet employs the emotion-laden words “weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable” to yet again bring about his thoughts of suicide and say that this is how the world is -- gloomy. In the passage, Shakespeare greatly exercises the use of diction, but also has an extraordinary use of structure. Structure is utilized throughout Hamlet’s soliloquy to bring more understanding to his thoughts. His use of enjambment in many lines of the passage (135, 137, 139, 140, 143, 144, 145, 147, 148, 149, 151, 152, 154, 155,
"As a protagonist, Hamlet has many flaws that contribute to his downfall." In what ways is Hamlet an antihero? An antihero is the 'hero' or 'heroine' of a play or novel that has negative qualities that separates him or her from a typical hero such as Superman. In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the protagonist, Hamlet is depicted as an anti hero. He has the good traits and flaws of a typical hero such as loyalty and intelligence.
Beatrice expresses her acceptance of Benedick’s love but does not realize the love inside Beatrice exists artificially. Beatrice’s faith in her emotions leaves her vulnerable to any criticism of her love to Benedick. For instance, when Hero commands Margaret to fetch Beatrice, Hero and Ursula purposely allow Beatrice to listen to them to invoke a stronger attraction in Beatrice towards Benedick. Shakespeare allows the first sign of the theme deception to manifests itself within Hero and Ursula’s conversation. Shakespeare aims to project a very harsh form of deception here in order to emphasize the power of deception of love.
The significance of this lack of loyalty is seen in its influence on Hamlet. He is enraged by it and says, “With such dexterity to incestuous sheets! It is not, nor it cannot come to good; but break my heart!” In supporting the interpretation that Claudius was catalyst to the tragedy, had he and Gertrude been loyal to the
Does Hamlet Love Ophelia? In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, many questions come up to whether or not Hamlet is truly in love with Ophelia. Although, there is a lot of evidence arguing that Hamlet did not truly love Ophelia, there is more evidence to go against that argument. The way they act around each other shows that Hamlet’s feelings for her are true. In the play, Hamlet really shows that he loves Ophelia.
“I am not what I am”(1.1.68). Shakespeare incorporates this quote so early in his play, Othello, to show that Iago is a purely malicious and selfish character who will do whatever it takes to get what he wants. While Iago appears to be merely just a dishonest person at first, he proves himself to be one of the most horrible villains in literature that takes absolute pleasure in crumbling the lives of others with no sense of empathy whatsoever. Shakespeare is able to develop Iago's maliciousness and complete lack of emotion throughout the play by using direct and indirect characterization as well as other literary devices. Shakespeare at first characterizes Iago as jealous and devious.
How betrayal destroys relationships is evident in Hamlet’s relationship with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. “Why, man, they did make love to this employment./They are/not near my conscience. Their defeat/Does by their own insinuation grow./'Tis/dangerous when the baser nature comes/Between the pass and fell incensèd/points/Of mighty opposites.” (5.2.61-66). Hamlet knew that his so called friends had chosen the King over him and now feels no