Hamlet 2 Essay, Research Paper
Shakespeare & # 8217 ; s Hamlet Ned Kraemer Nov.1, 1998 Brit. Lit. In Shakespeare s Hamlet, Hamlet discloses his true feelings, in Act 4, scene 4. In this monologue, Hamlet illustrates his mental instability by contrasting himself and Fortinbras. He illustrates himself as being a coward who does non has the will to originate programs to avenge his male parent s decease. Hamlet finds himself hold oning for an reply as whether to kill his uncle who has done his household and great unfairness by killing his male parent and kiping with the female parent. This outrages Hamlet and creates an interior battle and it is in this phase where Hamlet idealizes Fortinbras in his words and actions. In Hamlet s monologue, He contrasts the differences between Fortinbras and himself, and connoting his desire to be more like Fortinbras in action. Hamlet admires Fortinbras for the mere fact that he is the caput of province and he is control of a powerful ground forces, while Hamlet can hardly command himself. Fortinbras holds a place that Hamlet was destined for, yet Claudius intervened and took Hamlet s rightful place. This fact may connote that Hamlet sees his male parent s actions personified in Fortinbras. Although Hamlet seems to look up to the laterality and will power that Fortinbras shows, he besides criticizes him and his unachievable dream. The at hand decease of 20 thousand work forces that for phantasy and fast one of celebrity. In this statement Hamlet is declaring that he thinks Fortinbras pursuit is nonmeaningful and hence deems it foolish. He is besides compromising Fortinbras basic ability to ground. Throughout the drama, Hamlets wishes that he could take actions and revenge his male parent s decease, but in this monologue he besides states that he believes Fortinbras concluding to be skewed. He believes T
hat the actions of Fortinbras are incredibly simplistic and thus feels superior in this manner. Hamlet admires those who ca use their intelligence to its capacity and then act upon it, yet he sees those actions of Fortinbras as primal urges to survive. While he ridicules Fortinbras for the lack of judgement he also realizes that by his power to reason stems his suffering. Hamlet is tormented by the fact that he completely takes into account all aspects of the situation before acting upon his urge to avenge his father s death. This is why he believes that he cannot go through with the murder of his uncle, Claudius. As many other soliloquies do, this soliloquy portrays Hamlet as the coward who cannot act for the revenge of his father and his family honor. Though his convictions against Claudius and his misdeeds towards his family are vented through irate outbursts and seem to be firmly rooted, there still is a battle within Hamlet. This self-devaluation of opinion continues throughout the play and eventually leads to his mother s death. It is only at this moment where Hamlet has no inner struggle and sees the actions that he must take to bring inner peace. Even when Hamlet had an opportunity to kill Claudius while he is praying he suppresses his rage with an excuse that he wishes for Claudius to acknowledge his wrongdoing. Fortinbras is a catalyst of this play and that is illustrated through Hamlet s soliloquy. Hamlet sees his decisive actions and comes to believe that the situation with Claudius must be terminated immediately. I believe that without the ever present Fortinbras Hamlet would have mulled over his decision and taken no action at all. Fortinbras influenced Hamlet in his decision that Claudius must be taken care of immediately no matter what the cost.