This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Hamlet Essay

711 words - 3 pages

Shefali Das
Mrs. Dolabaille
ENG 4U
Tuesday, July 17th, 2015.

Hamlet

William Shakespeare's longest play Hamlet is a late 16th century tragedy set in Denmark. It revolves around the son of a deceased king, Hamlet, of which the name of the play is coined. Hamlet is perturbed by the death of his father, and becomes vengeful upon learning the truth about his murder. This play takes a twist by involving the subplot romance between Hamlet and Ophelia, and the dangerous role their love plays in the death of majority of the characters. This play crosses the importance of many of the characters values, the problems ensued, and the consequences. In this essay I will argue that the ...view middle of the document...

Economically, Ophelia came from a wealthy family, indicating that she was already a respected person in society. The wealthier families had more freedoms than the common people, and were therefore sometimes resented for their power. A good example of this is when the gravediggers show their disapproval saying, "She should in ground unsanctified have lodged/Till the last trumpet." The wealthier audience of the play would have been able to relate to this as there were only about fifty-five noble families in Shakespeare's time, all of whom were close. Her family's wealth granted Ophelia social connections with the royal family, which made her a part of the noble class.
Socially, due to her royal connections Ophelia was granted a semi-Christian burial by the King of Denmark, Claudius. This is an example of her social connections allowing her funeral service to be more than what she deserved. "Her death was doubtful, /And, but that great command o'ersways the order". Furthermore, Queen Gertrude went on to support Ophelia by reinforcing her story about being swept away in the...

Other Essays Like Hamlet Essay

Hamlet Vs Gladiator Essay

1278 words - 6 pages When watching the movie Gladiator, one might notice how very similar this story is to the Shakespearean play, Hamlet. In Gladiator the main character seeks vengeance for the loss of his son and wife, as does Hamlet for the loss of his father. The vengeance sought out in Gladiator is a result of treachery involving loved ones as is the vengeance sought out in hamlet. Finally, both Hamlet and Gladiator are examples of dramatic tragedy where the

This essay is about Hamlet by William Shakespear and how the story would be different if Ophelia was closer to Hamlet in the social hierarchy of Denmark

400 words - 2 pages If Ophelia were in a similar social position to Hamlet, the entire story would change. First, Polonius would not be against the marriage at all because if Hamlet loved Ophelia and Ophelia loved Hamlet and there were no social restrictions imposed upon them, then they would very likely marry. He would love the idea of having a daughter who is the princess of Denmark, especially since he kisses up to the king already. If Polonius was not against

Melancholy Hamlet

2057 words - 9 pages Melancholy Hamlet         In Shakespeare’s tragic drama, Hamlet, the multi-faceted character of the hero is so complex that this essay will enlighten the reader on only one aspect of his personality – his melancholy dimension.   Our understanding of the true extent of the protagonist’s melancholic mental state needs to be informed. A.C. Bradley in Shakespearean Tragedy presents convincing evidence regarding the true depth of the

Justification Hamlet; S Deeds

798 words - 4 pages Justification of Hamlets deeds In this essay I am going to discuss why the actions of Hamlet are justifiable and can be excused. I am going to do this by discussing Hamlet's actions and the consequences these actions had for the characters. At the end of the play Hamlet asks Horatio to tell the story of Hamlet so that people will understand what happened 'Hamlet: Thou livest; report me and my cause aright To the unsatisfied' V.ii 317-318

Hamlet As A Madman

1510 words - 7 pages ;#8217;s two illusions of grandeur, I found, were best described by P. Valle in his essay “it hath made me mad';: A Discussion on the Identity of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in which he explained, “He [Hamlet Sr.] leaves Gertrude to divine justice. Hamlet does not accept this, he passes his own judgement on his mother. He accuses his mother, he attacks his mother. He has gone over God.'; The second time Hamlet goes over God is

Hamlet - Disease Imagery

1061 words - 5 pages Hamlet Essay The Shakespearean play, Hamlet is a tragedy about a king who is murdered by his brother and is to be avenged by his nephew. In the plot of Hamlet’s revenge, he finds the basis of a structure linking the beginning, middle and end of the play. The theme of revenge is thus central to the tragedy, and it is linked to the imagery of death, decay and disease - which are dominant. The word “image” generally stimulates a positive feeling

Hamlet Speech - 850 Words

848 words - 4 pages also reflect upon meaning in relation to context of the key themes within Hamlet and how this becomes interchangeable within society, and across many generations. The cause of Hamlets inaction, or indeed indecisiveness, is argued about by readers of hamlet. According to psychologist and scholar John Orbell in his essay Hamlet and the psychology of rational choice under uncertainty, ‘Hamlet is shown to be a case of decision making under

Hamlet and Claudius

1499 words - 6 pages . his madness, but really seeks a way to get rid of him for good thus arranges for Hamlet to be shipped off and executed in England. Realising that his plan has failed and Hamlet did not die in England as anticipated, he decides to make Laertes his next tool in the elimination of Hamlet. The way he ‘prepares’ Laertes for this destined course is represented in this scene. This essay will argue that the excerpt from Shakespeare’s Hamlet (IV.vii.105

Hamlet and Laertes: a Tainted Mirror

696 words - 3 pages In the course of Shakespeare’s great tragedy Hamlet, two characters, Hamlet and Laertes, develop as “foils,” or contrasting characters. Several comparisons and contrasts can be shown between the two characters, many of which center around three main topics. Throughout this essay, I will show how Hamlet and Laertes compare and contrast in terms of avengers, sons, and personalities. To begin with, one of the most obvious examples of Hamlet’s

Travelling Players in Hamlet: New Historical Issues

1590 words - 7 pages Travelling Players in Hamlet: New Historicist Issues Travelling Players in Hamlet: New Historicist Issues In Hamlet, Shakespeare makes use of a play within a play, as the device through which Prince Hamlet hopes to prove King Claudius’s guilt in the murder of the old King Hamlet. This idea suggests itself to Hamlet in Act 2, Scene 2, when Rosencrantz tells him that a group of actors will soon be arriving at

Ophelia's Role In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

1048 words - 5 pages This essay is more abstract than the average character analysis, it probably wouldn't fly in most classrooms. But I wrote this for an Advanced Placement Language and Composition class and that of course was what the prof was looking for, the language; it has its good points."O rose of May! Sweet Ophelia!" As Sweet Ophelia indeed she is; a mere wisp of a girl, an apparition, a reflection, a waif, a dream, a dream, a dream. Poof! And then gone

Related Papers

Hamlet Revenge Essay

806 words - 4 pages Hamlet Revenge Theme Essay Revenge is the downfall for many people; its consuming nature causes one to act through anger rather than reason. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Shakespeare presents the theme of revenge through the negative influences on characters. Foremost, there is psychological revenge, this is seen through the mental chaos in characters as guilt or an event that haunts their mind. Furthermore, revenge is portrayed through

Hamlet/Death Of A Salesman Essay

1035 words - 5 pages Hamlet/Death of a Salesman Essay Procrastination is a fascinating thing, it can change the path that you take in life and the way that you can live the rest of your life. Hamlet and Willy Loman are both major procrastinators and when they have to take action they always have a reason not to. They over think the task, procrastinate thinking there will always be a better chance to do what they have to do, and always would rather someone else

Hamlet Essay

1183 words - 5 pages In today’s society it is almost impossible to go a day without experiencing some form of an inner demon or conflict. Whether it be hearing it, seeing it, or experiencing it first hand. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, he explores many inner conflicts and demons, which have lead to numerous obsessions. Throughout the play Hamlet is consumed with his obsessive behaviour. This can be seen through his love for Ophelia, getting revenge on the King

Hamlet Essay

1095 words - 5 pages In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet experiences his mother’s remarriage to his uncle and Ophelia’s rejection which makes him feels very upset and angry about women. “Frailty, thy name is woman.”(1.2.146) This suggests that Hamlet thinks that all women in the world are weak and act in the same way. At the beginning of the play, Ophelia describes Hamlet’s love for her that Hamlet has a great affection on her and he has made the holiest vows to