December 18, 2014
The element of tragedy is used to its full potential when the audience can relate to what the characters are experiencing and feel empathy towards them; when the characters are willing to risk it all in hopes of achieving a goal. Two of Shakespeare’s greatest plays include Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. The two plays are similar in numerous ways. However, the plays do have their differences. Shakespeare's tragedies, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, are plays with multiple layers, motifs, and themes.
Shakespeare uses poison and suicide as a motif, in order to show that the roles people play are poisoned and uses death to represent a way out of those roles, especially for women …show more content…
Hamlet is frustrated with his father’s murder. His mother is marrying his own uncle not very long after the murder, which confuses him. A very valid question we might ask is “Is there space in Hamlet’s heart for the feeling love?” Throughout the play Hamlet’s emotional state is shattered and pushed to the limits by those that he loves and trusts the most. Hamlet is sending mixed messages to Ophelia throughout the play and the question whether the feeling between them could be called true love. There are several examples that prove that Hamlet’s love for Ophelia is sincere. In the many letters to Ophelia, the only thing that Hamlet does not deny is his love for her. The most important scene in Hamlet’s affirmation of love is the nunnery scene. Here Hamlet transfers the love and anger towards his mother upon Ophelia. Perhaps he is hoping that Ophelia will realize that this is all a lie.. Hamlet’s fortuitous discovery of the plans to spy upon him has much effect on him. I could say that he feels in some way or another that he must separate himself from the controversial feelings towards his mother and the love he feels towards Ophelia in order to achieve revenge for his father’s …show more content…
This seems to be true in Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. Throughout his play, Shakespeare uses death to move his story along. He does this with actual deaths, which cause problems for the lovers, and through forewarnings and visions of death. Both Juliet and her Romeo exhibit these forewarnings/visions. In Romeo and Juliet, death is everywhere. Death and violence is a permeate theme. They are always connected to passion, whether that passion is love or hate. The connection between hate, violence, and death seems obvious. The ancient feud between the Montagues and Capulets puts their forbidden relationship in constant danger; danger of death. This threat lets Shakespeare link death and sex throughout the play so that the suicide becomes a suggestive act that both effectuates the lovers' passion and unites them in