He expresses his clear disgust for his mother’s “incestuous” deed – “Frailty, thy name is woman.” Hamlet’s disillusionment with women can be said to begin with his mother. Hamlet cannot digest the fact that his mother has fallen from such a great height – from being married to Old Hamlet to being married to
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.
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.
His change of attitude grows confusing as he professes his dear love after her awful death, “ I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not with all their quantity of love make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her?”(5.1.255-257). After all the hatred consumed for Ophelia, Hamlet feels the need to show his love and care for her only after she is dead. Hamlet’s web of lies causes a dent in his portrayal towards society and the audience.
]The glass of fashion and the mould of form, Th’ observed of all observers. "( pg 676) [Citation] With the death of his farther [sic] and the hasty remarriage of his mother to mother [sic & sloppy] to his uncle, throws Hamlet into a frustrated state were [where-H50] he lashes out at evil he sees and then relapse into a suicidal misery. [SS] It is in the [this?] state of mind that he meets the ghosts [more than one?] of his father.
He compares himself to the actor, that just recited the speech on Pyrrhus filled with so much passion and grief by just acting this revenge story, and how he (Hamlet) cannot show his grief at all even though he is experiencing in real life the role the actor is portraying. Hamlet even begins to wonder if he is going to do anything about his father’s wishes. “Yet I, A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak like a john-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause” (542-544). Here Hamlet tells himself that all he has done is mope around feeling sorry for himself and he hasn’t even bothered to come up with plans for revenge. He begins to show thoughts of how the task he was given is seen as overwhelming to him.
Yet I’m not convinced he represents society. I think, the play’s thematic concerns lies in the density of Hamlet’s soliloquies, which acts as the foundations of the play. The series of rhetorical questions “Am I a coward?” and “Had he the motive and the cue for passion that I have?” renders his doubt about himself, but also an insight into his demoralizing conscience. Student 1: Can’t say I agree. Can’t you see that Hamlet’s
Cynthia Benitez Mrs. Pope AP Literature 21 October 2011 The Betrayal of an Arrogant Jerk The underestimation of wise women justifies the lack of capacity men have to handle a manipulative, clever woman. In the Ancient Greek tragedy, Medea, by Euripides, Jason’s abandonment of his family crushes Medea emotionally to the degree that Medea’s quest for justice results in the murders of Creon, Creon’s daughter, and her two innocent sons. Jason’s haramatia, through arrogant actions, and the underestimation of Medea’s capacity of wickedness, directly lead to his peripeteia, compelling the audience to feel catharsis for him. Jason’s self-interest and arrogance only make him a fool, as he provokes Medea to take on a series of murders, rendering
“Hot blood” pertaining to anger and temper because when people say someone is very hot blooded it could signify that they have a very short temper and can become very angry. “Bitter business” meaning he wants to do terrible things, which basically states that he has a lot of anger built up inside that it could make the world look upon him in fear for what he has planned. Hamlet is not only worried about Claudius poisoning his father but he is also angry about Ophelia rejecting him which is added onto the stress of his father’s death. When Hamlet is finally speaking with his mother and accidentally kills Polonius behind the curtain he does not even seem to care and I feel that it is because he is so focused on his feelings about the situation. On the contrary, Hamlet also uses alliteration in this verse when he says: “And do such bitter business as the day” (Shakespeare III.3.384).
When Hamlet pours his heart out for his late father, the new King Claudius deems him to be unmanly. To be unmanly is to be womanly, and Claudius considers his new stepson/nephew to be such. “ ‘Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet, To give these mourning duties to your father, […] But to persever in obstinate condolement is a course of impious stubbornness. ‘Tis unmanly grief (I.ii.87-94).” Later on, in act 2, Hamlet curses himself for being womanly. “Why, what an ass am I!