Part Horatio Hamlet Analysis

William Shakespeare’s The Tragic History of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark was first published in 1603 (“Hamlet” Theaterhistory 1 of 8). Yet it was not the first time it was seen “the legend first appears in Saxo Grammaticus…” (“Hamlet” Hamlet 1 of 6) which has many similar parallels to today’s version of Hamlet. An example of the likeness of the two is the murder of Polonius. In the most recent version Polonius’ body is dragged out by Hamlet in the first version his body is disposed of by the main character (“Hamlet” Hamlet 2 of 6). Although the 1603 version is still different than the version we have today. Perhaps the most astounding feature of the 1603 edition is the part Horatio plays (“Hamlet” Hamlet 3 of 6). In this edition he actually …show more content…
Both young men wish to get revenge for the same reasons the murder of their respective fathers however use different schemes to complete their goals (“Literary” 1 of 4). While the two take two different approaches to enact their revenge “anger prompts both Hamlet and Laertes to act spontaneously, giving little thought to the consequences of their actions” (“Hamlet” Novelguide 1 of 3). This anger is seen when Hamlet is talking to his mother and then notices someone behind the arras thinking that this person is Claudius “… Hamlet consumed with rage automatically thrusts out to attempting to kill Claudius but instead strikes Polonius” (“Hamlet” Novelguide 1 of 3) this rash attempt of revenge manages to not just kill Polonius but can be linked to the deaths of both of his children as well. Upon finding out of his father’s death Laertes rushes back to Denmark assuming that his father’s murder is Claudius. As a result of this assumption Laertes moves to avenge Polonius’s death (“Hamlet” Novelguide 1 of 3) although he does not directly end up causing Claudius death he might as well have signed the death warrant. Hamlet despite knowing who murdered his father, hesitates to take action (Walter 1 of 2) especially when he find Claudius praying he says “and so am I revenged. That would be scann’d” (3.3.78) basically stopping himself from killing him now. This one hesitation …show more content…
Despite the fact that Hamlet 's madness is indeed faked it was pacts a major punch onto characters. We see this faked madness while he’s talking to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Also when he talks with Polonius compared to when he talks to Horatio. The difference in Laertes and Hamlets revenge also affected characters greatly. A prime example is Polonius’s death if Hamlet wouldn’t have been so obsessed with getting revenge then Polonius more than likely wouldn’t have died. Continuing on Lartes more forceful approach ended in not only his intended targets death but also Gertrude’s, Claudius’s and his own. Deception plays an extremely important role in the play. As without it those who died never would have. The deception in the story is the reason for all the deaths. For example Polonius’s death would never have happened if Polonius wasn’t trying to be sneaky and spy on Hamlet. Another example is Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s deaths which if the king wouldn’t have lied to them would never have happened. All of these themes lead to some kind of consequences for all parties involved. Madness, Revenge and Deception each play an equally important part in effecting the characters for one reason or

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