Hamlet is not crazy, even though he chooses to feign madness in order to get back at his uncle for the death of his father. Gertrude is also one of the reasons why Hamlet goes through this depression. Gertrude quickly gets over the death of old king Hamlet and marries his brother Claudius a few weeks later. So many thoughts go through Hamlets mind which make him overthink everything and not take action. By not taking action Hamlet’s revenge against Claudius is delayed.
Old Hamlet’s ghost appears for the second time to remind Hamlet of his mission of revenge for his father’s murder. Hamlet suggests to his mother he is not actually mad at all, he is just pretending to be. Shakespheare shows us many conflicts with characters throughout this scene and also the consequences which the scene puts out, including Ophelia’s madness due to her fathers death. The ‘closet scene’, as it is commonly referred to, is significant in a number of ways. On one level it helps develop the reader’s understanding of some of the play’s key themes.
Hamlet is shocked to not only to see his father’s ghost but to also hear that he was murdered; he now feels it his duty to as the ghost wishes in order to save his family’s pride. The way the ghost of Hamlet’s father indirectly pressures Hamlet to avenge his death seems to leave Hamlet with no choice. “GHOST - O horrible, O horrible, most horrible! If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not. Let not the royal bed of Denmark be a couch for luxury and damned incest.
This admittance instantly creates a stronger bond between the two characters because it suggests a more personal motive for the Ghost’s presence, which Hamlet may pick up on and act. There is an implication of the Ghost using his title of ‘father’ as emotional blackmail to encourage Hamlet to avenge his death. The Ghost tells him of how he is stuck in Purgatory until he is cleared of his sins, reinforcing the idea of a spirit not at rest. As the son, the knowledge of his father’s spirit “doomed for a certain term to walk the night” can have a stressful impact on Hamlet, psychologically, because it is evident to the audience that Hamlet has a lot of love and respect for his father and would
Due to his indecisiveness on making key decisions, Hamlet suffers from the tragic flaw of procrastination. Hamlet procrastinated with his revenge of his father’s death, prioritizing his love for Ophelia, and his decisions on deciding to make the kill. Hamlet was procrastinating with his revenge of his father’s death because he was too indecisive on when and how he was going to do it also whether or not the ghost was right. Prioritizing his love for Ophelia, Hamlet did not show his love to Ophelia until she was just a cold, dead corpse being put 6 feet under. Finally Hamlet had the perfect opportunity to get his revenge and yet again his indecisiveness is getting the best of him.
Hamlet’s Strong Anger and Frustration Throughout Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, the main character, Hamlet, has many soliloquies in which he expresses what is on his mind. In one passage from Act I, scene ii of the play, Hamlet is sufficiently unhappy with his mother’s choice of marrying his uncle, Claudius, very shortly after his father had died. He even mentions thoughts of suicide at the beginning of the passage. Shakespeare’s strong use of diction, structure, imagery, and language helps portray Hamlet’s anger, frustration, and suicide thoughts with what is going on at that moment in the play. Shakespeare thoroughly brings out Hamlet’s feelings with his manipulation of diction devices.
Everyone became more cautious and many had lost the trust of foreign societies, even society itself. This concept is modeled by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, where immense adversity shapes the character of young Hamlet in his search for vengeance in his father’s name. In the play, Hamlet is first confronted with adversity when a ghost explains that his father was murdered by his uncle. This situation shifts his identity and forces the already mourning Hamlet into a deep depression where he is hell bent on revenge. At the start of the play, Shakespeare introduces Claudius as a wise and confidant ruler with no apparent flaw.
Hamlet ponders what an improvement his life would be without his grief. Although he is not fully willing to meet his death because he feels as though he has duties to fulfil and revenge to seek out, when he questions, “Who would bear the whips and scorns of time” ( III, i, 70). Hamlet logically inquires the pros and cons of suicide and what affects it may have on him and others. He apprehends that he must not let culpable Claudius get away with his father’s murder, consequently allowing his mother to be married to a
Maya Bishop Ms. J. Yurick ENG 4U November 6, 2012 Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Appearance versus Reality In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet gradually uncovers the truth about his father’s recent murder. The difference between what seems to be and what actually is, forms the theme of appearance versus reality. Things within the play appear to be true and honest but in reality are infested with lies and ulterior motives. Many of the characters hide behind a mask of falseness. Hamlet, Claudius, and Gertrude all put up a facade in an attempt to get what they want, and these characters play their roles behind a veil of duplicity.
The first sentence he is debating whether or not to keep his pain within himself, and the second sentence he poses suicide as an option to lead him out of his misery. In the soliloquy, Hamlet states "Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished", stating that he wants his suicidal thoughts fulfilled. He wants to end all the pain and grief that his father's death brought upon him. But then again, he might just be saying all this because he knows that Polonius and Claudius are listening in. But in fact, nobody will ever know if Hamlet’s intentions to commit suicide were in any way, shape, or form true.