In William Shakespeare's play, the main character, Hamlet finds out his father, the king, was killed by his uncle, Claudius. Claudius is also Hamlet’s stepfather. Hamlet’s tremendous anger at Claudius leads Hamlet to kill Claudius. This in turn leads to Hamlet’s own death.
Who do you trust, your king or your conscious? Many characters in Macbeth had to make this very choice as there kingdom was slowly deteriorating because of a tyrant of a king. Macbeth written by William Shakespeare is the story of a brave honourable soldier who ruins his life due to his own greed for power, respect and wealth. This play begins with three witches who inform Macbeth that he will become king. It is clear to all readers that Macbeth is not simply going to wait for these prophecies to come true, after the previous king Duncan is murdered.
When Hamlet meets his father’s ghost and knew that his vicious uncle murdered his father while he was sleeping, his grief and indignation was aroused by Claudius. He struggles with the revenge for his father, because he always hesitates to kill Claudius so that caused him miss the best time to revenge. Otherwise, Hamlet’s mother Gertrude married Claudius immediately after his father’s death, which is ironic. This marriage seems ridiculous, especially for Hamlet, he thinks his mother is incestuous. His father’s death makes him feel miserable, but the more sorrowful thing is that everyone seems like indifferent for the king’s death, and he is the only one who is suffering the pain of loose father.
“Thou poor ghost.” (I, v, 97) Hamlet pities his father, as he was murdered and was not given the chance to pray. This conjures frightening thoughts in his mind, for if he were to be murdered as well, would he be sent to burn in purgatory? Towards the middle of the play, though Hamlet’s thoughts still point towards suicide, he begins to toy with the possibilities of what death could be like. “To die, to sleep; … perchance to dream.” (III, i, 60-65) He may find some comfort in death if death
It is at this point in the play were [that] Hamlet finds out that his uncle murdered his father[.] [How does this paragraph relate to foils?] A foil to Hamlet is Laertes. Laertes who likes Hamlet [a sloppy error which sends the reader into wondering about homosexuality in the play] has returned to Elsinor because of King Hamlet’s death. Laertes is a young man whose good instincts have been somewhat unclear by the concern of his superficial [??????
When Hamlet was brought to the same spot, the ghost of his father had explained to him how he really died. After Hamlet learned the true story he went mad but there were several other factors attributing to him dying besides revenge. King Hamlet was murdered by his own brother. Hamlet mourned the death of his father for quite some time. After two months had gone by his mother could not understand why he was acting is such a strange way.
Romeo could have let the law take its course and execute Tybalt but instead he let his emotions get the better of him which is very childish. “‘Benvolio’:The prince will doom thee death if art taken. Hence, be gone, away. ‘Romeo’” O, I am fortunes fool!” (3, 1, 135-136). This quotation reveals that after Romeo has calmed down, he sees how his actions were far to haste and begins to immediately regret it.
For example, in the first three soliloquies, Hamlet was hesitant about avenging his father’s murder; he was looking for ways and reasons to stall. In his fourth and fifth soliloquies, he finally began to understand why he had to retaliate for his father’s murder: because he was the only one left to defend his family’s honor. His mother’s hasty marriage and father’s murder caused their name to be soiled and he was the only one who could save it. Thus, as a tragic hero he was able to clean his name but because it took him so long, it prolonged the fall of Denmark. His tragic flaw, inability to act, created so much conflict within himself that he, in other words, caused the fall of Denmark through weak leadership.
Hamlet’s mental state plays a large role as he is severely depressed by the death of his father and also very disturbed by his mother marrying his uncle. At that point Hamlet has two options, to somehow fill the void his father had left, or to slip into madness. The perfect solution came when Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet, appeared to him as a ghost. His dad told him that Claudius killed him and he wanted Hamlet to avenge his death. This was perfect for Hamlet.
Hamlets soliloquy’s capture the brief moments in time in which we are allowed into his complex mind; for it is these soliloquy’s that reveal his virtuous nature, but also his redundant indecisiveness that leads him down treacherous paths of toil. Hamlets first soliloquy is about how he reacts to shocking news about his family where his mother marries his uncle only two months after his father dies. This causes him in his mind to consider suicide. In his second soliloquy Hamlet decides on a different plan where he resolves to kill his uncle, but he still has conflicting thoughts and feeling about what is right and wrong. Should he make himself feel better with revenge or with honor.