When actions are to be taken into consideration by him it seen that he situation is horrible, which Hamlet feels he has no control over. He allows his anger towards Claudius to let him fall into a madness. The depression Hamlet is encountering is due to the actions that King Hamlet is demanding of him. He cannot complete the task asked of him of his procrastination, which causes him to nearly take his own life. “To be or not to be, that is the question; whether’ tis nobler in the mind to suffer...” (Shakespeare Act 3, Scene 1).
Samuel Taylor Coleridge sees Hamlet as “brave and careless of death; but he vacillates from sensibility, and procrastinates from thought, and loses the power of action in the energy of resolve” thus Hamlet simply is slow and decides to struggle inside more than taking actual revenge for his father’s murder. Lawrence Olivier’s film adaption of Hamlet begins with this similar thought on Hamlet as “the tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind.” He is unlike other Shakespearian characters like Macbeth who are breathlessly rapid in their deeds compared to a slow Hamlet. Therefore, compared to Fortinbras, Hamlet might have the same motives but is less inspired. Hamlet’s final soliloquy reflects on Fortinbras and how his character shows the struggle Hamlet faces inside. The captain Hamlet meets describes Fortinbras’ expedition to Poland, “We go to gain a little patch of ground that hath in it no profit but the name.” The very nature of Fortinbras’ movements shows that he is a man who battles for glory and for the honour of his country or his father’s name.
“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,” advice that would have served Polonius well. Both L. Frank Baum's Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Shakespeare’s Hamlet had had a common theme, lying and deception. Lies and deceit affect each central character of Shakespeare’s Hamlet as they develop on social, psychological and moral levels. Prince Hamlet, the protagonist, is morally opposed to deception and constantly craves truth. Hamlet's apparent psychological state as the play progresses changes from that of a scholar, to that of a madman, though contradictorily this change is in itself a deceptive act.
Action vs. Inaction Throughout both William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, characters are faced with a veritable gauntlet of choices. One of the more prominent decisions to make is whether or not to take action. Both have numerous negative effects at times, and nearly all of the characters in Hamlet act when they should not, while characters in both works take no action when they should. In Hamlet, Hamlet consistently hesitates on whether or not to act upon his desire for vengeance.
The tragic flaw that each character possesses allows for the perfection and desired control to turn in to chaos and loss of morality. Throughout Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the characters Hamlet, Claudius and Laertes all allow their character trait of being an idealist, lead to their death and the death of each other. In William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, the main character experiences enormous inner turmoil, for he fails to acknowledge the human tendency to make mistakes. With his idealistic perception of the world, Hamlet vulnerably throws himself into a reality, thus, delaying his ability to act upon his deepest desire to avenge the death of his father. As Claudius in deep prayer repents his sins, Hamlet ceases to act upon the revenge that is dwelling inside of him.
Hamlet not only finds this hard but near impossible due to his inability to act. We see this greatly in the character of Hamlet. ‘Now might I do it pat, now is a-praying; And now I’ll do’t – and so he goes to heaven, And so am I revenged.’ Hamlet mistrusts women in general and treats them as vile and untrustworthy creatures. Ophelia, Hamlet's true love, is doomed in her relationship from the moment Hamlet takes on the task of revenge. She is unknowingly used in the plot against Hamlet by her father and brother who are supposed to protect her but instead they use her and therefore open a way for Hamlets hate and disappointment to direct at her.To understand Hamlets treatment of Ophelia its essential to look at Hamlets hatred towards his mother.
Let’s explore the moments within the text where Hamlet actually used his smarts to trick the other conniving characters into thinking that he didn’t love Ophelia and was going insane instead. Throughout Act 3 and 4, the play leads readers to believe the Hamlet does not love Ophelia. He is constantly saying contradicting statements and in a way mistreating her. Hamlet says “I loved you once,” and then four lines later he says “I loved you not.” What’s going on with the mixed messages? Well Polonius, Ophelia’s father does not approve of their courtship and Hamlet know this.
Shakespeare thoroughly brings out Hamlet’s feelings with his manipulation of diction devices. In line 136, Hamlet says the hyphenated word used as an adjective “self-slaughter”, referring to the fact that he wishes God had not made it a sin (suicide). He continues on, speaking religious words such as “God” (136, 154) and “Heaven” (145, 146) to continue explaining that he feels as if suicide seems like the best way to get out of life in a cruel world, but Hamlet feels that he cannot go about doing this because of religion. The repetition of the word “month” (142, 149, 151, 158) is caused by Hamlet wishing to reiterate how short of a time it was from the time of his father’s death until his mother’s remarriage to Claudius. Lastly, in line 137, Hamlet employs the emotion-laden words “weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable” to yet again bring about his thoughts of suicide and say that this is how the world is -- gloomy.
God! How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable, Seem to me all the uses of this world! This is the first time that the reader sees Hamlet’s inner turmoil as he considers committing suicide over the death of his father but decides he cannot, for the consequence would be hell. It is important to note that purgatory and hell are referenced numerous times throughout the play as a consequence for giving into selfish thoughts or actions. In this particular instance however, this soliloquy also lends to the idea that Hamlet is insane due to the passing of his father.
The reason for Shakespeare’s use of enjambment is to show that Romeo cannot put forth all his words onto one line. Romeo has endless and jumbled thoughts going through his mind about Juliet, Tybalt’s death, and his banishment. Romeo states unworthy and insignificant animals in his lines, because the amounts of thoughts in his mind are uncontrollable and all of it is falling out of his mouth without permission. Moreover, the amount of repetition Romeo uses throughout his lines is significant. “ But “banished” to kill me?