In the late middle ages in a city amongst Denmark, a young man named Hamlet wrestled with himself in grief and pain over his recently deceased father, who was also the king of the time. As Shakespeare’s tragedy unfolds, we can see the full extent of a young man tormented with his thoughts on death on humanity. It may seem fitting thus, for Hamlet’s own mother removed herself from the grieving and found a matched level of joy in marrying her dead husband’s brother. Finding a way to cope with the pain of his mother’s betrayal of their family, Hamlet’s subconscious plan for revenge comes to him through a ghost who haunts the halls and he is guided by this vengeance throughout the play. Hamlet’s depression from his father’s death grew tremendously as his mother, Queen Gertrude married the dead king’s brother, King Claudius. The conflict for Hamlet originally rises when the grieving for his father is not fulfilled and his mother so easily moves on to love another man. Hamlet’s world is torn apart as he encounters an internal struggle of love and hate towards his family. He very clearly loves his parents and is absolutely devastated by his father’s death. His mother, who would seemingly be the closest source and comfort in such grievous times has alternately found a giddy love with her belated husband’s brother. These marriage circumstances in and of themselves would have been a scandal for that time period, being considered a major sin against God. (Archbishop Parker’s list of rules about marriage which are included in “The Book of Common Prayer”). Hamlet, in all emotional grief, is thrown to anger at his mother for betraying their family ties and leaving him to be the last soul standing of their so recently loving family. His depression worsens as his frustration, hate, distrust, and anger take over his thoughts towards those he loves. He ultimately feels betrayed by his mother and holds anger towards the new happy couple. In all desperation, the only seemingly plausible way to put the small family pieces back together would be to firmly bring his mother back to her senses and to get rid of his uncle. At a dinner party, Queen Gertrude remarks upon Hamlet’s appearance and suggests he wear more cheerful clothes, for it is a fact that every man will die, it is time to move on. Hamlet responds tense and sarcastic, telling how his inner grief and anguish are more intense than any outward “show” (clothing, behavior, etc.). His grief was so strong that he soon hereafter contemplates suicide and wished his flesh would melt. He concluded his mother was selfish and deceitful, therefore he had no faith in the world or the people in it. This is the first step of becoming subject to his subconscious thoughts and removing himself from the advises of distrustful people around him. It was shown even shortly after as Hamlet’s good friend Horatio entered the room, as he said to see the King’s funeral. Hamlet’s immediately responded, “I pray thee, do not mock me, fellow-student; I think it was to see my mother’s wedding… The funeral baked meats Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables” (I.ii.179-184). This statement shows both his new distrust in the people around him and his anger with his mother’s deeds. A major point in the turn of events for Hamlet’s revenge comes rise as he bears witness to a ghost and receives direction for a plan of action of revenge. Already having his father in his mind’s eye (I.ii.189), Hamlet quickly assumes the ghost to be his dead father’s spirit and follows it to hear what it has to say. Being alone in the depths of his suffering, Hamlet’s subconscious desires and plans to take vengeance upon his mother and his uncle come forth through the ghost’s mouth as though from his own deceased father. A new found murderer for an uncle is the perfect reason to start pulling his family back together. Hamlet’s own mind solved his depression and anger through constructing a plan of vengeance.
happens when Francisco and Bernardo meet at the beginning of 1.1? Where are we, and when? Why is there confusion over which one is supposed to challenge the other by asking "Who's there"? Why is Horatio with Bernardo and Marcellus? Who is he?
The play, Hamlet, begins with Francisco, one of the sentinels at the guards platform at Elsinore, who is waiting for Bernardo to relieve him of his duty right after midnight. Bernardo calls wondering who is there, to which Francisco replies that Bernardo should tell…
Taking the Ghost's Word: Transcendence and the Rationale of Hamlet's Choices in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet
HAMLET. Angels and ministers of grace defend us!
Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damned,
Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell,
Be thy intents wicked or charitable,
Thou com’st in such a questionable…
Fishmongers and Nunneries
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, there exist numerous antic disposition scenes which create a façade of madness in order to shroud Hamlet’s true, sinister intentions. He seeks revenge for his uncle Claudius’s unlawful murder and usurpation of Hamlet’s father, but Hamlet knows he must be coy about allowing anyone to be aware of his plot. He cannot confide in friends or family, nor the woman he is in mad, misguided love with. Instead, Hamlet acts as if he has gone utterly insane, which…
EXPLORE PARTICULAR IDEAS OR VALUES WHICH SEEP INTO THE READER’S CONSCIOUSNESS AND STAY THERE”. DISCUSS THIS VEIWPOINT IN RELATION TO YOUR SET TEXT’S EXPLORATION OF HAMLET (CORRUPTION).
The very purpose of any text is influencing human thought and perspectives on both their existence and the world around them. Shakespeare’s revenge tragedy, Hamlet, proves this point through its exploration of how the experience of corruption can have major negative implications on social structure and as well as an individual’s…
Shakespearean Characterisation – Hamlet
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark was written by William Shakespeare between 1599 and 1602. The play is set in the kingdom of Denmark, and it dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet takes on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered the King Hamlet, and succeeded to the throne by marrying the old king’s widow Gertrude. King Hamlet is Prince Hamlet’s father, and Claudius’s brother, Gertrude is Prince Hamlet’s mother. The play explores many…
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Hamlet and Oedipus the King
According to Aristotle’s characteristics of a typical tragic hero, which are described in his Poetics, the tragic hero is the one that belongs to nobility or high class, does not wholly deserve his or her misfortunate, and partially responsible for his or her own hamartia, which is a tragic flaw that leads to the downfall of a hero. What is more, Aristotle points out that, “The change of fortune [of a tragic hero]…
Ophelia’s role in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet is quite confusing. Throughout the play, Ophelia is portrayed as gentle, loyal and obedient, but hides in the background like a supporting actress. She is intended to be Hamlet’s love interest, yet he doesn’t include her in any of his life-changing plans. Ophelia has no major qualities, yet her life and death have an incredible influence on most characters, especially Hamlet.
Throughout the entirety of the play, Ophelia…
Hamlet Comparative Film Study
Topic 1: the portrayal of the King and Queen: How are the moments leading up to their deaths presented? Does this direction suggest the audience should convict them or absolve them-or a combination of the two?
Topic 2: the portrayal of the entrance of Fortinbras: how is this important entrance staged? How has the director interpreted Fortinbras role in the conclusion of the tragedy.
Due to the popularity of Hamlet, many versions of it have been made in film and theatre…
inevitable, it's everywhere and takes the deceiving form to surprise everyone when they least expect it; in the play Hamlet death and revenge are just as surprising and symbolic as the sum of the tragedies and cataclysm. The man of inaction speaks no more, he turns his valued pen in to the weapon of fate, the spade that would bring the kingdom of Denmark to a screeching halt in its wake. Hamlet makes note of his inability to take action through various points in the play, for instance his clean kill shot…