Personality of Hamlet
Among Shakespeare’s many great works, Hamlet probably is the greatest.
The whole play is about power and authority. The king of Denmark was
murdered by his brother Claudius, who married his wife Gertrude, and
became a king of Denmark. Hamlet was the son of murdered king, who was
getting his education away from the kingdom of Denmark. He comes back
and finds his mother married to his uncle. This makes Hamlet very
frustrated. Then Hamlet sees his father’s ghost and he tells him that
his uncle, the present king has murdered him. He was suspecting that it
even before his father’s ghost had told him. So he starts thinking of
ways of killing the king and his mother. The queen, wasn’t aware that
the king was murdered by his brother. So Hamlet after couple of attempts
succeeds in killing his uncle. His mother dies by drinking poisoned
wine, which was prepared for Hamlet. Hamlet gets wounded while sword
fighting with son of Polonius, whom he have murdered earlier, because he
though that he helped his uncle to murder his father. During this fight
poisoned Hamlet gets wounded. And son of Polonius, tells him that this
sword was poisoned by king to kill him. So he stabs the king and kills
him. At the end of course he dies himself.
There are so many murders in this play that could be avoided.
Especially death of Ophelia, the daughter of Polonius, who died because
of Hamlet’s mistreatment. She drowned herself. Hamlet could’ve saved her
if he reacted to her love on time. Also the death of the Queen,
Polonius, and his son was unnecessary. These characters weren’t related
to his father’s death.
Hamlet suspected his uncle in his father murder even before the
appearance of his
father’s ghost. After hearing it from his father’s ghost his thought was
to revenge. He planned it several times, and several times could do it.
Hamlet was a clever man. He pretended that he was mad. And his murder of
Polonius wasn’t punished, because everyone thought he was mad.
I think the main thought that touched Hamlet so much in his father’s
death was his mother marriage to his uncle. He hated his mother for
marrying his uncle. He saw it as adultery, both sexual and moral. She
not only married after her husband death, but she also married his
brother. So Hamlet thought that his mother has helped his uncle to
murder his father, and therefore Hamlet was from the beginning planning
on murdering both of them.
Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet I think is a mystery. After reading the
selection, I am just not sure what the author was trying to convey to
his audience. Is it indecisive, melancholic, brutal character of Hamlet?
Or is it the deeds people would do to gain power? Or is it the
unrequited love of Ohpelia? Or is it friendship of Horatio or etc? There
are so many I think unnecessary or irrelevant parts to this play, that
doesn’t make sense to ordinary people. But we must understand that this
is a masterpiece of great writer, which could be called “Mona Lisa” of
writing. And “Art doesn’t have to be beautiful, for people to understand
it.” We don’t necessarily have to understand artist’s work; we just have
to perceive it as they are.