How would it be possible for Hamlet to express or even recognize love, without having a clear definition of what love is? One may define love as a lover’s passion, devotion or tenderness for someone or something. Hamlet perceives love as an emotion that causes loss, devastation and pain. In the play, Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, the main character uses love as a reason for his actions, but never truly loves any of the characters except his father. Hamlet seems to be more of a love story but, truthfully, it is more of revenge then love.
Though Hamlet does not appear to love many people in this play, his feelings for his father shine true. In Act I. Scene ii, while Horatio and ...view middle of the document...
Hamlet is telling his mother of how he really feels about her. He is making her realize all the wrong she has done to him and his father. Suddenly Hamlets father enters the room and he says,
[“…But look, amazement on thy mother sits.
Oh step between her and her fighting soul.
Conceit in weakest bodies strongest works.
Speak to her, Hamlet.” (Act III. Scene VI. 124-127)]
When Hamlets father speaks to him and tells him to speak to his mother, Hamlet immediately obeys him. He respects his father and loves him enough to listen to him and stop fighting with his mother. It shows that no matter the flaws he has with his mother he would throw them out just to please his father. Hamlet has proven himself in many ways that he would do anything for his father no matter what the circumstance was.
There was an unbreakable bond between mother and son that was completely destroyed when a mother married her husband’s brother. Gertrude and Hamlet are not as close as it seems. Hamlet’s feelings had changed towards his mother after she betrayed his father. Hamlet shows his true colors for his mother when he says,
[“…Calls virtue hypocrite takes off the rose
From the fair forehead of an innocent love
And sets a blister there, makes marriage vows
As false as dicers’ oaths…” (Act III. Scene IV. 48-51)]
This quote shows how much Hamlet despises his mother because of what she has done; it also expresses Hamlets disgust for the betrayal that has happened within his family. Hamlet talks about the marriage between his mother and uncle, he does not agree with this relationship and because of his father he never would agree with them being together. While Hamlet disdainfully insults Gertrude, she pleas for him to stop because of the guilt she now feels for everything. Though he does not stop until his father is there in the room. His father is like a distraction to Hamlet so he does not continue the argument with his mother. Though his father sympathizes with his mother Hamlet still does not have a change of heart for his mother. He still feels the same hatred in his heart for her. Gertrude seems to be the reason why Hamlet cannot love or express himself properly to anyone. He accuses all women for the same crimes that his mother had committed. This can be a big argument of why he does not love any of the women in his life.
Throughout the duration of this story Hamlet is said to be madly in love with Ophelia, but how is a person capable of loving someone when never showing them their real emotions. There are many reasons that lead me to believe that Hamlet never loved Ophelia. The first scene is where Ophelia gives back Hamlets love letters. Hamlet says to Ophelia, “You should not have believed me; for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it. I loved you not.” (Act III. Scene i.126-128.). This quote perfectly shows how Hamlet feels towards Ophelia. He...