Hamlet is astronomically more thoughtful than Laertes, he thinks far too much before he acts, and it often leaves him with thought, but no action. Laertes is quite the opposite, he decides to act without thinking enough, he is rambunctious though well educated and sophisticated; he acts on internal instinct, and often forgets societal instinct as a means of reasoning. Evident of Hamlet’s ability to think and manipulate the emotions is during scene two of act two when he
For the Villain with a smiling cheek says he is strong but he is truly week. His life filled with sin and gloom, constantly planning his next sinister ordeal. With his power he could have amazed and inspired, but yet he chose to cause harm. S men are not looking for anything logical like money. They cannot be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with.
But he comes back as Sweeney Todd wanting to seek vengeance on the man who sent him away from his family. In Hamlet, Hamlet struggles with his fathers death. He is the only one able to talk to the ghost of his father. Everyone around notices his absent mind, and believes he is crazy, even his own mother, “Alas, he is mad.” (III.iv.106). But later on, we discover Hamlet is not mad, and that it was all just an act.
If Hamlet were to have seen his father’s ghost by himself, there would be a greater argument for him being insane from the outset of the play. Hamlet also exerts control over his actions, which is the main reason why it could be argued that he is sane. He actively tries to convince Polonius that he has gone mad - mocking him when he would usually be respectful, acting cruelly towards Ophelia whom he was clearly affectionate to earlier in the play. He does this in the hope that Polonius will tell the court of his madness. Hamlet is often hesitant to do things, for example where he had the chance to kill Claudius in the chapel but couldn’t bring himself to do it, not because he would be killing another human but because he wanted Claudius to suffer and not go straight to Heaven.
This is evident throughout the entire poem when he does nothing but stand by his son. Then on the other hand, there are kings like King Creon from the play “Antigone” written by Sophocles. Creon is such a cruel king that his followers, and his family resent him. These two men are both of equal character, but their followers view them in completely different ways. Priam is a believer of his gods, and his
The plot reveals that Hamlet’s father has been murdered by Claudius, which in turn has caused Hamlet to resent him and therefore wanting to avenge his father, that is why this text is called a revenge tragedy. The main reason why this text is still studied today and will continue to be studied in the future is because this play outlines many themes and ideas that are still seen as important in today’s society. Honour is a major theme expressed in this play having revenge also tied along with it. Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark and is heir to the throne which means he must have a sense of honour considering the weight of this position. Claudius on the other hand has decided to take his position on the throne by marrying Gertrude in the short time span since the king’s death which is seen as a dishonourable act by Hamlet.
While they argue that Hamlet's problems cannot be simply reduced to the Oedipus complex, Barber and Wheeler state that an understanding of Hamlet "must be consistent with the presence of that complex, for the Freudian explanation clearly works." Emphasizing Hamlet's guilt, which is focused on his father, not his mother, the critics argue that this guilt refers to Hamlet's wish to kill his father, which he cannot do since Hamlet's father is already dead. The wish, Barber and Wheeler explain, is diverted from Hamlet's father to his uncle. Taking another approach to Hamlet's oedipal issues, Janet Adelman (1992) centers on the role of the mother. Adelman illustrates that
However, Hamlet is pensive ad extremum, at times even brooding; he constantly overuses his intellect while ignoring his emotions and ignoring what "feels right." His extreme logic causes him to delay his revenge against Claudius until the final scene of the play where he kills Claudius and proves that he has progressed into a truly existential character. At the beginning of the play, Hamlet acts out of pure intellect and processed logic. He suppresses his natural instincts, his emotions, and trusts only in the power of his intelligence. For instance, when Hamlet encounters his
He lacks education but is perceptive, additionally a good business man. He is hard working, very committed to his business and easy going. He gets on well with kids in the neighbourhood, such as Bert, who visits Joe and plays “jail” with. As the play progresses, Joe Keller's character is seen a mass of contradictions to the audience. He is thoughtful one moment and conniving the next; he's willing to sacrifice for his family, but he's also willing sacrifice someone else's family for the benefit of his own, and he is unwilling to take responsibility for his own actions.
It has been argued by Goethe that the reason Hamlet failed to avenge his father’s death was because he did not have the inner or physical strength. He argues Hamlet does not have the attributes of a hero. But this can be argued because all throughout the play Hamlet demonstrates that he has the strength, emotionally and physically. Therefore it is obvious that the only reason hamlet did so was because he was a man of great philosophy, so typically he thought too much, and in doing this it became the tragic flaw in his character. Which everyone knows will lead to his downfall.