Hamlet: Ophelia and Gertrude
Ophelia and Gertrude, two different women who seem to be trapped in the same situation when it comes to Hamlet. Gertrude, Hamlet's mother and the Queen of Denmark is married to Claudius, who is suspected by Hamlet to have killed his father, King Hamlet, who is Claudius's brother. Gertrude ended up in the plot of King Hamlet's death and in the eyes of her son, is a monster and helped with the murder. Ophelia, the daughter of Polonius who is the King's counselor and is later killed in the play and has forbidden his daughter to see Hamlet. She truly loves Hamlet and is devastated when he disowns her and pretends to be mad. Hamlet's treatment towards these two women brings their characters to life and …show more content…
He threatens her and after some confusion, Hamlet kills Polonius who is hiding behind the curtain listening to the conversation. This gets Laertes in the plot to kill Hamlet. In this scene even though Hamlet threatened her, she still loved him and treated him the same way that she had treated him before the confrontation.
Ophelia is a young lady born to the King's faithful advisor, Polonius and sister to Laertes. The first time we see Ophelia in the play is in scene III, when she is saying goodbye to her brother who is going back to Paris. She is warned, by her brother, that she should beware of Hamlet's love because he is not just any regular man. In this scene, Ophelia's love is still strong towards Hamlet. She seems not to care too much when her brother is talking to her, but when her father talks to her, and she tells him about the strong love between them, Polonius makes her believe that there is not such thing. He orders Ophelia to end the friendship and, like the obedient daughter she is, she does. Later in the play Polonius is convinced that Hamlet is truly in love with Ophelia and as soon as he sees the Queen and King he starts telling them about the love between the two and how strong it is and he also reads a love letter, from Hamlet to Ophelia, that he has found: “Doubt thou stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move, Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love. O dear Ophelia, I am ill at these numbers. I have not art to
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Laertes and Hamlet each set out to avenge the deaths of their fathers, but they end up committing far worse crimes than those crimes that they were punishing. When Laertes and Claudius invite Hamlet to a duel, they intend “To cut his throat i’ the church…[and] Requite him for [Laertes’] father” (4.7.127, 140). Because the King is afraid that Hamlet might “by chance escape [Laertes’] venomed stuck”, he decides to prepare “A chalice for the nonce, whereon but sipping…/ Our purpose may hold there” (4.7.162,161,163). Laertes’ pursuit of Hamlet occupies all of his attention, and he does not consider any of the problems that could arise from this plan. He is unaware of the possibility that Gertrude
Appearance can be defined as a superficial aspect; a semblance; or pretending something is the case in order to make a good impression. Reality on the other hand can be defined as the state of being actual or real; the state of the world as it really is rather than as you might want it to be. It is undeniably noticeable that throughout Shakespeare’s Hamlet many characters are playing roles: acting rather than being. This unquestionably reminds the reader of reality, where a person can play various roles. In reality, as well as in the play, it is not always easy to distinguish what is true from what only appears to be true. Throughout Hamlet, Shakespeare illuminates the theme of appearance versus reality by portraying principal characters.
In the play “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, Prince Hamlet uses many double meaning phrases to speak his mind to the audience and the other characters in the play. "I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw" (II.ii.387-8). This is a classic example of the "wild and whirling words" with which Hamlet hopes to persuade people to believe that he is mad. These words, however, prove that beneath his "antic disposition," Hamlet is very sane indeed. Beneath his strange choice of imagery involving points of the compass, the weather, and hunting birds, he is announcing that he is calculatedly choosing the times when to appear mad. “Hamlet feigns
The play Hamlet is one of William Shakespeare’s most well-known plays of all time. Written in the early 1600s, Hamlet includes a series of the protagonist character’s soliloquies that to this day have been referenced in many other works. In this play the protagonist, Hamlet goes through a major change from the beginning of the play to the end. Hamlet’s transformation from a helpless man in despair into a determined, confident man is revealed in the soliloquies which are reflections of his experiences of self-realization. There is a drastic change from the first soliloquy to the sixth soliloquy by Hamlet’s character. His growth is seen best through the soliloquies being that is the only time that Hamlet is able to truly open up and let out his inner thoughts and feelings.
While Hamlet takes the length of the play to take actions, laertes, upon hearing of his father’s murder, reacts swiftly and recklessly. He returns to Elsinore threatening to overthrow Claudius if he does not explain the death of Polonius. When Claudius tells which reinforces the theme of vengeance. While Hamlet and laertes are at opposing
What is a tragedy? A tragedy can be defined as a form of drama that depicts the suffering of a heroic individual who is often overcome by the very obstacles he is struggling to remove (Tragedy 1). Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is considered a tragedy in literature and the character of Hamlet in the play is considered to be a tragic hero. In addition, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is considered to be a type of tragedy called revenge tragedy. Basically, this type of play consists of a murder that has to be avenged by a relative of the victim (DiYanni 1394). Ultimately, the play is about a son that is called upon by the ghost of his father to avenge his death.
By killing Polonius, as well as being part of the reason behind Ophelia's lunacy, not only has Hamlet essentially killed two innocents in his perusal of revenge; but has labelled a target on his back. Similar to that of Hamlet himself, Laertes does not simply accept the knowledge of his father's murder, but seeks vengeance. Alongside Claudius, who has his own motivations, Laertes concocts a plan to kill Hamlet in his crusade for retribution. He decides to challenge Hamlet to a duel in fencing wielding a poisoned sword, where just the breaking of the skin will lead to death. Claudius provides a backup plan, wherein the case Hamlet bests Laertes, in celebration he will offer him a chalice filled with poisoned wine in celebration. Their plan is essentially a success, if one only considers the fact that Hamlet does get stabbed by the poisoned sword.
A Shakespearean scene, with all of its intricacies and details, has the capacity to uncover the fundamental aspects of characters while acting as a space for precise language to lead the reader through multilayered themes, tensions, and ideas. Particularly in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, the dense, rippling text packs provocative and meaningful language within nearly every line to compose an intricate, seamless tragic play. Specifically in the first scene of Act 3, the actions, dialogue, and movements of each character involved creates a momentum of revelation for the reader regarding central character, Hamlet, and the breadth of his character. Every major, influential character of the play—King
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Ophelia is the most used woman in the play and is obedient to many men in the play and would be willing to end her own relationship just because her dad said Hamlet is a liar. In Act 1 Scene 3 Ophelia’s dad Polonius tells her that Hamlet doesn’t love her and that he’s deceiving her. He criticizes her for her willingness to be with Hamlet saying, “Marry, I'll teach you: think yourself a baby; That you have ta'en these tenders for true pay, Which are not sterling. Tender yourself more dearly; Or--not to crack the wind of the poor phrase, Running it thus--you'll tender me a fool.”, lines 105-109. Ophelia believes her father knows best and says, “I shall obey, my lord.”, on line 136. Polonius is a concerned father and doesn’t think highly of Hamlet. He doesn’t want his daughter being around him because he believes he’ll just
My hamlet essay was one of the best and worse writing experiences of my life. It all started on a gloomy mid morning Monday, I had just woken up to get ready for school so I could actually make it to the bus on time, only to find out I'd slept in way later than I was supposed to. When I realized the situation I was in I knew it would go downhill from there, I knew I had to go wake up my mother who was not a morning person. After I got down stairs quietly trying not to wake her up until I had everything I wanted to say together since I knew the moment I woke her up and told her what happened she would blow a fuse. Once I had everything I was saying I tapped her shoulder lightly hoping that it would make her less angry to what I was preparing to say, the first tap didn’t work so I tapped her again only this time harder than before. When she finally woke up and I got everything off my chest, I glanced at her and knew I messed up, the look on her face said it all, I was in trouble. The expression on her face was pure anger, she looked like a bear with a sore head, ready to bite it off at any moment. After yelling and finally getting up and ready she took me to school to finish what left I had for the day. I made it to school right on time for my English class where we had just wrapped up Hamlet and only needing to do our last and most important essay comparing our version of Hamlet to someone else's version. I’m the type of person to wait until the last minute to finish my work,