It is because it starts with political intrigues in which Old Hamlet has lost his life, and the young Hamlet is after his uncle, Claudius. Each person will face death in their lifetime. More commonly, the play's disparate elements were defended as part of a grander design. However, in the case of Hamlet, this single idea sometimes fail to cope with the issue in the face of various interpretations. Shakespeare never fully answers this question, but presents both sides: either that she did not act to stop the drowning and therefore committed suicide of her own will, or that she was mad and did not know the danger and thus was killed by the water, innocently. Ophelia is usually viewed as a true victim, while Gertrude's role is interpreted with more flexibility. Feminist theorists argue that she goes mad with guilt because, when Hamlet kills her father, he has fulfilled her sexual desire to have Hamlet kill her father so they can be together.
Throughout the play, Shakespeare mixes the two religions, making interpretation difficult. With his choice to put on this act of antic disposition, he takes the risk of losing close touch with his loved ones. However, everything comes to an end when Claudius also plots to kill Hamlet or be killed. Insanity, madness and depression are as intolerable as corruption and deceit; and just as intertwined. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.
During his speeches, Hamlet interrupts himself, expressing disgust in agreement with himself, and embellishing his own words. Although, there are many deliberate acts of fabricated insanity repeated throughout the play. Theme 7 of Language The ambiguity of language and its skillful use is one of the minor themes of Hamlet. As a result, Hamlet contradicts himself many times throughout out the play, which caused the unnecessary death of many others. He spends the act walking around, reading, talking with Polonius, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and the players.
The action of the play, especially the scenes outside the castle, take place in a kind of logical fog. On the 18th-century stage, however, the violent possibilities of the mad scene were nearly eliminated, and any images of female sexuality were subdued. In one scene, Hamlet appears happy, and then he is angry in another and melancholy in the next. The play commences after Claudius killed King Hamlet, leaving him in purgatory. Hamlet, an ideal prince, and other essays in Shakesperean interpretation: Hamlet; Merchant of Venice; Othello; King Lear. Even though Hamlet does commit some actions which are questionable, nevertheless, in the end, the play still inevitably sits by the idea that goodness and integrity will ultimately conquer evil, and justice will always be served.
However, the more influential Reformer in early 17th century England was , a strong advocate of ; many critics have found traces of Calvin's predestinarian theology in Shakespeare's play. We are each characters in a play just like Gertrude, Polonius and the rest—where they are trying to grasp Hamlet, we are trying to grasp Hamlet. Themes are central to understanding Hamlet as a play and identifying Shakespeare's social and political commentary. Although Hamlet and Ophelia are the only characters thought to be so afflicted, the reactions of other characters to this madness mirrors their own preoccupations. If he had any of the resolve he had showed earlier, his act of revenge would have already been completed. The obvious reason Hamlet waits is to bring more than just the pain of his sword to Claudius and torture him until the end.
Looking back on Renaissance drama in 1655, Abraham Wright lauds the humor of the gravedigger's scene, although he suggests that Shakespeare was outdone by , whose farcical comedy The Jealous Lovers features both a travesty of Ophelia and a graveyard scene. For much of the period, in fact, Augustan objections to the levity and indecency of Ophelia's language and behaviour led to censorship of the part. Claudius He is the uncle to Hamlet. In the play the only persons who regard Hamlet as really mad are the king and his henchmen, and even these are troubled with many doubts. More than the fact that he knows that Claudius is the murderer, Hamlet is slowly and painfully gaining his revenge of his fathers death. It is in the second scene where the audience begins to see a change in his character. O, this is hire and salary, not revenge.
By pretending he is insane, he is able to get more information about the death of his father. Ophelia begins to willingly take heed of her family's advice as the prince finds himself removed from a lucid pattern of thought. What does it mean to be insane? In Act 1 of the play we learn that Hamlet's father is dead; shortly after his mother marries his uncle Claudius who becomes the king. Her role was sentimentalised, and often assigned to a singer rather than an actress. This shows, Hamlet has a sound mind and is not mad.
Two of these maddened characters are Hamlet and Ophelia, who also share a love for each other. This is in line with 's work, The Courtier published in 1528 , which outlines several courtly rules, specifically advising servants of royals to amuse their rulers with their inventive language. Polonius, a close confidant of the King, is the leading person responsible for the public's knowledge of Hamlet's madness. Some examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, addictive behaviors, and bipolar disorder. Claudius demonstrates an authoritative control over the language of a King, referring to himself in the first person plural, and using mixed with that hearkens back to Greek political speeches. Hamlet is played as scolding his mother for having sex with Claudius while simultaneously wishing unconsciously that he could take Claudius' place; adultery and incest is what he simultaneously loves and hates about his mother. Little did Hamlet know that his father was murdered by his own brother.