It can be seen that his first reaction was to take revenge immediately after knowing from his father that his uncle murdered him. Right after that his father asks him not to take revenge so he does not do it. This change can be because he is obedient to his father even though he is not alive anymore. Then he decides to give indirect messages to his uncle by making up a play in the palace. The reason about this is because before doing something Hamlet wants to makes sure that he is right and not judging his uncle and mother in the wrong way.
He is only saying this because he knows he has neglected his duties, he knows he should have done something already. Hamlet had just witnessed a player acting a scene engorged with emotion and this scene reminds Hamlet of his own lack of dedication to his cause. It is'monstrous' that the player 'in a dream of passion' could put so much emotion into the piece that he even cried 'all for nothing'. Hamlet is amazed but also suffers from a feeling of pitiful inadequacy because he sees that this player, acting out a speech about a fictional woman who is no more than a character on paper, has put much more emotion and passion into his speech than Hamlet has into avenging his own father's death. In his eyes that passionate speech was 'all for nothing, For Hecuba!'.
The context of Hamlet leaves enough evidence to prove that Hamlet was sane and only pretended to be mad. The first time that the reader sees Hamlet, he is distraught due to his father’s death and the marriage of the Queen and Claudius, Hamlet’s mother and his father’s murderer. Hamlet describes his thoughts by saying, “O, that this too too solid flesh would melt Thaw and resolve itself into a dew! Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God!
The death of one’s father and a ghostly visitation thereafter are events that would challenge the sanity of anyone. The circumstances of King Hamlet’s death render it especially traumatic. The late King seemed to be an idol to his son; Hamlet looked up to him and aspired to have the same qualities. Hamlet doesn't like King Claudius and sees him as a swindling usurper who has stolen not only the dead King’s throne, but Hamlet’s as well(2.4). Hamlet shows Gertrude that she has lowered her standards by marrying Claudius, When he refers to old Hamlet as, “A combination and a form indeed / Where every god did seem to set his seal” (3.4.55-61).
The guards immediately agree that they must tell Hamlet what they saw. After telling Hamlet what they saw, Hamlet decides he must see this infamous ghost for himself. Before Hamlet can venture to find the ghost he is interrupted with the concerns of his mother and Claudius. They ask him if he is handling his father’s death well since he has been so “bitterly sorrowful lately.” Hamlet answers them by stating, “Nor customary suits of solemn black, nor windy suspiration of forced breath, no, nor the fruitful river in the eye, nor the dejected 'havior of the visage, together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief, that can denote me truly. These indeed “seem,” for they are actions that a man might play.
Who Fears Who? In William Shakespeare’s, Hamlet, Hamlet tries to have justice served with the death of his father. Claudius –Hamlet’s uncle—killed his brother in order to obtain the crown. Hamlet is put in a position where he needs to decide of killing his evil uncle is worth it, and Shakespeare makes a biblical argument. In Matthew10:29 it says “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.
This option seems prime to many, yet when Hamlet dies he will be stuck in purgatory for not avenging his father. In Hamlet’s monologue, purgatory is referred to as “The undiscovered country from whose bourn/ No traveler returns.” This choice that Hamlet has to make is fated either way to be castigated in the two worlds of reality and the afterlife. Hamlet’s actions do not only affect him, but everyone surrounding him. Ophelia is the most shaken up by Hamlet’s choices. She ends up losing everything that is important
To throw them off as he performs his own inquiry? Two months pass and he accomplishes nothing, and when he finally does try to prove Claudius’ guilt, he makes it obvious that he knows of his uncle’s sins. The answer is much simpler. While Hamlet cries that he cannot “weep for [Hecuba]” (2.2.587) and how he cannot act or have the passion like the player, he has actually deceived himself, for he has played the part of the mad man so well, that he does not even recognize his own slip into madness. It immediately needs to be pointed out that Hamlet is a man of a very high education.
Rather than make a clear and concise decision, Hamlet just goes along with it until he is poisoned, and then he is fully engulfed in the whirlpool. In Act V Scene 1 Claudius says to Laertes, “Strengthen your patience in our last night’s speech; We’ll put the matter to the present push.” (V. i 281) He is talking to Laertes about the deal that they made to kill Hamlet. Without any action from Hamlet, nothing would have happened. He had simply taken refuge away from the country, and had caused madness in the country of Denmark. But he had not taken any action in proving the king’s guilt, rather he had simply made himself appear raving mad.
Creon states that he is not interested in being king as he is contented with his present position of wealth and power. The final example of verbal irony in Oedipus is when Oedipus ridicules Tiresias for his blindness but Oedipus is also a sightless, witless and senseless man to the truth of his own actions. The situational irony in Oedipus Rex is something a little harder to spot when first reading this play. The first example of situational irony is not in the play but it is an event that is talked about throughout; Oedipus killing his father, Laius without knowing that it is his father. Another example is the plague striking the city as punishment for incest.