Hamlet appears to revel in having bested Claudius' plan and saved himself. However, the act is never performed until the end of the play. That is, by my faith. This description aligns with the stories of Pyrrhus, who was known to be a particularly cruel and brutal fighter. Claudius explains that he and Gertrude have chosen to marry immediately after his brother's death because, in light of the encroaching Danish army, the court could not afford excessive grief lest young Fortinbras mistake their mourning for weakness. Hamlet will play on this established aspect of his character in enacting his revenge. That he feels the need to justify his actions underscores the fact that he's had to think his way out of feeling guilty about the murder he intends to commit.
This soliloquy represents the moment at which Claudius recognizes what he has done and chooses his sin over repentance. He is aware of his position and popular opinion, and works around it very well. He hangs back from the others marching to the ship and delivers a long soliloquy on the irony of this occasion — these men are off to risk their lives for a worthless piece of land, while he, who has every reason to risk his life in the cause of revenge, delays and fails to act. This messenger has been misinformed. Like a student, Hamlet's first instinct is to write down what his father has told him. To the audience, he's trying to get his way by any means necessary. He is an intelligent and knowledgeable person, a University student, thoughtful and philosophical by nature.
However, Claudius' plan backfires on him. Just as Claudius is about to explain what he means, Ophelia enters again, bearing a bundle of flowers. In fact, he thinks the fencing match will be fun, regardless of whether or not he wins. This line retroactively serves as stage direction for the actor playing Claudius, who hasn't been instructed to smile and yet must do so throughout the play. On cue, a messenger arrives with word that Laertes has come to court with a mob of followers who wish to depose Claudius and make Laertes king. That would put Polonius in a very strong position, and could also be of great benefit to his son Laertes. Claudius acts to remain his honour, and he will defend himself to no end when it comes to the descent of his brothers self-made glory, that Claudius himself is bathing in.
Of course, he's still holding his hat. In his plot to kill Claudius to avenge his father, Hamlet takes on insanity as part of the act. Hamlet turns Ophelia's innocent question about the play's meaning into another sexual innuendo, suggesting that the player will gladly tell Ophelia the meaning of any show, including any suggestive show they might want to engage in together. However, Shakespeare has made his character a lot more nuanced. She knows that Ophelia is better off dead and tries to hide the fact of her suicide with her narrative. This is especially cruel, and will effectively end their relationship.
Created by Information Family wife brother nephew, stepson King Claudius is a fictional character and the primary of 's. Hamlet's father would've been far from saintlike in his life see: the Danes' drinking custom , but in death his son's respect for him continues to grow. Polonius acts like a servant or a gofer for Gertrude, but presents himself with an authority that Hamlet immediately dislikes. . He contemplates if he is a servant in his father 's home. Each character has a corrupt way of trying to overpower one another.
Hamlet's interest in Ophelia is in conflict with Denmark's interests, so even if Hamlet really loves her, she has to take into account the fact that he is a future King. Claudius, in a plan to save himself, has Laertes and Hamlet engage in a fencing match. It's also evidence that Hamlet is thinking about his safety, now that he knows about his father's murder, and has begun to understand that if word of this meeting gets back to Claudius, the King will know exactly what the Ghost said and will take measures to keep Hamlet from enacting his revenge. What's worse, they were on the wrong side, so naturally Hamlet feels no remorse for them. These good qualities make the character seem more human and thus, more believable. He is also the nephew of the new king, Claudius.
Claudius wants to control the entire plot, both in the murder scene and the play in general. The other major event of this Act is the madness of Ophelia. They are very human, and react to situations in the way people would behave in certain situations, even in real life. She is also somewhat of an enigma, in that her motivations are not entirely clear. These five things encompass the whole of a lawyer's work and, by extension, his self, but have been stripped of him in death. Polonius shows us he's well aware of the mileage he's getting out of this phrase and, in doing so, highlights his wit.
This level of intelligence again, may bring him across as a villain as his intentions are not moral, especially when he attempts to manipulate Laertes in order to kill Hamlet by playing his weakness against himself. Gertrude sounds dismayed, having given up hope that Hamlet isn't mad. Hamlet thinks that treating everyone according to their worth would result in everyone including himself being whipped or punished. Horatio means that he can't think of anyone who would write to him except Hamlet and that, because Hamlet is on his way to England, the letter must come from that part of the world, but equating Hamlet with a place has the perhaps unintended effect of enhancing his isolation. In the tragic play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the author demonstrates the use of manipulation through the two main characters Prince Hamlet and King Claudius. All of these work together, in order that the audience is moved by him; and although this does not make him a less of a villain, it does mean that one can feel sorry for him. He murders his brother and woos the queen, all to obtain the kingdom.
Having dismissed Laertes, the King and Queen both notice Hamlet's dark demeanor, and Hamlet sneers at the King's loving posture. Hamlet thinks his cruelty in demanding that Gertrude abstain from sleeping in her marital bed and in frightening her so is another form of kindness, because he's cleansing her soul, like a minister. Essentially, Hamlet's asking Guildenstern what his problem is. Hamlet still doesn't know about Claudius' plot and is convinced that he has time to carry out his own plan before news about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern comes from England. Claudius has decided to commission Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as ambassadors to England, and Hamlet will accompany them as the royal attache on their diplomatic mission. Hamlet's original question was far more suggestive in nature and was taken as a sexual overture.
This is a true avenger. His character development, in effect, ends here. Ophelia did not need Laertes to ask her to keep in touch since she already planned to write to him. Hamlet has very literally circumscribed Claudius, writing down who he is and what he's done as if taking a definitive measure of his character. Laertes is a student, like Hamlet and Horatio.