* Satisfaction in Revenge * “Revenge: an opportunity to retaliate or gain satisfaction” (Webster’s Dictionary). Revenge or vengeance is a feeling every human feels, whether they act upon it or not, and Hamlet is no exception. Revenge is a prominent theme in Hamlet and in Hamlet’s case, it is his inability to take action that leads to the downfalls of Laertes, Ophelia, Polonius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern which all are a result from his delay. The rest of the play focuses on Hamlet avenging his father’s death and how his mental health decays as a result of his lack of action. In William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Hamlet, Hamlet’s inability to carry out his action of revenge is prolonged because of his uncertainty. * What sets Hamlet apart from Shakespeare’s numerous tragedies is that the action everyone in the audience expects to see happen is repeatedly and continuously postponed while Hamlet tries to gather more information, making sure he knows exactly what he is acting upon. After much deliberation and wasted time, Hamlet decides that he will murder his uncle, Claudius, for killing his father, but because he originally discovers Claudius’s doings from a ghost, he has to make sure his source is legitimate. His father’s ghost is an extremely unreliable source that could easily be interpreted as Hamlet losing his mind because he is traumatized * from his father’s death. For this reason, Hamlet must make sure Claudius killed his father. Hamlet then devises a plan to write and produce a play for the sole purpose to see if Claudius shows any signs of guilt. The play was written to replicate the exact actions that the ghost told Hamlet about the murder of his father. If Claudius shows any form of guilt, then “the play's the thing Wherein [he’ll] catch the conscience of the king” (2.2.606-07). Writing and preforming a play would take an immense amount of effort, thus drawing out any action from Hamlet. * Another one out of the many reasons Hamlet has to extend the killing of his uncle is that he is afraid of the possible consequences as to what will happen to Claudius after he is murdered. One way to interpret this is Hamlet is extremely religious and seeing that his fait could be altered from a promising to a negative one if he murders Claudius while he is praying, "Now might I do it pat, now a is a-praying, and now I'll do't - and so goes to heaven, and am I reneged. That would be scanned. A villain kills my father, and for that, I his sole son do this same villain send to Heaven." From this scene, the audience can conclude that Hamlet is extremely religious and fears the results of killing Claudius. He knows that if he murders him while he is praying in the garden, Claudius will go to heaven and not pay for his actions, and Hamlet would pay for this actions and go to Hell. One could say that he delays his actions of the revenge because of his paranoia and anxiety of being caught for the murder and what his consequence will be if he follows through with this plan. Murder is not an action to be taken lightly, which is why Hamlet is letting opportunities go so he knows that even if he is punished, he feels as though he is * doing it for the right reasons. One might agree that the reason Hamlet does not take action is because he is basing his morals off of the new
It is evident that in writing “Hamlet”, Shakespeare, to some extent, adopted the dramatic tradition of Revenge tragedy. Revenge implies the wronged individual taking the law into his own hands in order to satisfy an inner passion though in civilized society, this function of punishing the wrong doer is entrusted to the government or the state. The motive of revenge is a primitive emotion to be found in natural man, though it is a dangerous emotion. Revenge proved a popular theme for dramatists for…
Though Shakespeares' Hamlet and Sophocles' Oedipus the King were written in two different eras, echoes of the latter can be found in the former. The common theme of Hamlet and Oedipus the King is regicide. Also, like in Oedipus the King, there is a direct relationship between the state of the state and the state of their kings. Furthermore, there is also a relationship between Oedipus' armed entrance into the bedroom in which Jocasta hanged…
Hamlet is a classic example of a tragedy as Hamlet suffers while trying to avenge his father’s death and eventually dies at the end while attempting to do so. Hamlet feels empty without resolution to his father’s death and since there is no justice system that is going to reveal the truth about his father’s death, he must take it into his own hands. Hamlet delays killing Claudius for a long time after the ghost appears. Hamlet delays his revenge of his father’s death not because he is a…
The modern psychological label of bipolar disorder (manic depression) fits Hamlet very well. It was a mental state recognized at the time blamed on melancholy caused by excessive introspection.
Melancholy (the word means “black bible” was considered an unnatural state, a physical disease caused by an imbalance between the four elemental fluids or bodily humours in the human body.
A tradition of revenge tragedy was that the aggrieved character should become mad with rage-madness being a response…
Characterisation of Hamlet
Act 1 scene 2 The Melancholic Introduction.
Think about the creation of the character. Clothing. Demeanor. Shakespeare has a tragic
hero with skill in language. Does he always use this to show his intelligence or does it
sometimes show his instability? Think about his dialogue with Gertrude and Claudius at
Soliloquy 1. – Frustration. Suicidal Contemplates suicide
Frustration at being unable to come to terms with Gertrude's marriage to Claudius…
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Hamlet and Meursault
The literary pieces, Hamlet by William Shakespeare and The Stranger by Albert Camus, revolve around existential characters Hamlet and Meursault who are put into similar, tragic circumstances. The nature of the characters, leads to different, significant downfalls. Shakespeare’s intent was to tell a classic tragedy caused by a man’s hubris; he gives Hamlet a heroic ending by giving him the means to find his own essence and set…
He has created some of the most relevant plays and poems which are still important today. Many of the things he portrayed in his writings were thought to be from his life experience. Shakespeare has lead the way for modern authors, but he is most famous for his dramatic and romantic tragedy plays. William Shakespeare wasn’t only the definition of great but he also portrayed that trait in his work. William Shakespeare’s early life is pretty much determined from documents. It was said that Shakespeare was baptized in 1564, in England…
of histories for previous kings of England, including Richard the Lionheart, Henry VIII, and King John, but it is for his tragedies, which he is best known. Shakespearean tragedies manage to convey more than they intend to in their study of life and its essential futility, and are by far Shakespeare's most acclaimed works. From HAMLET to ROMEO AND JULIET, Shakespeare's classic plays concerning the great inevitable are arguably his best. JULIUS CAESAR is no exception.
The real Julius Caesar was…
slowly drama becomes secular.
• Theater lends itself to political flexibility and the mutability of the theater; Theater as the Renaissance equivalent of today’s Hollywood. Big name actors and crowds (Edward Alleyn as Faustus, Burbage as Hamlet)
• Drama as Elizabethan royal pageantry; Elizabeth’s reign is the Golden Age of Drama in England due to E’s interest in acting, pageantry and courtiers; theater as political show
• Theater as newly-accepted social and commercial…