The Rage of Hamlet in Shakespeare's Hamlet Essay

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In William Shakespeare’s play “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”, though the protagonist Hamlet pretends to be mad as he seeks revenge for the murder of his father, he is suffering from depression and a barely contained rage towards the people closest to him as revealed in his treatment of Gertrude and Ophelia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and Polonius and Claudius. The barely concealed rage he feels towards his mother, lover, friends and uncle leads to their death and his own. This bitterness towards everyone makes his conversations with other characters seem to be very cold, especially towards his mother, Gertrude, and Ophelia.
Hamlet’s behavior towards Ophelia and Gertrude shows his contempt and distrust of women. Though
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Ophelia’s ability to easily lie to her lover and cast him aside and Gertrude’s hasty marriage so soon after the death of his father leads Hamlet to the belief that brief is “woman’s love” (1357). Hamlet’s treatment of both woman, seemingly cold, cruel, and at times, vulgar, is merely to camouflage his anger and pain at being a spurned lover and abandoned son.
Friends are expected to comfort one in times of grief, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two of Hamlet’s closest friends. Yet instead of comforting Hamlet in his time of sorrow, they seek to gain favor with Hamlet’s Uncle Claudius, the King. Both Guildenstern and Rosencrantz agree to Claudius’ request that they spy on Hamlet in order to glean what “unknown afflicts him” (1333). This betrayal is due to, as Guildenstern tells Hamlet, they are not the “very button” on “Fortune’s cap”, meaning that they are ambitious to gain wealth (1339). Hamlet angrily informs Guildenstern that he is not a “pipe” to “play upon” (1362). Rosencrantz and Guildenstern agree to accompany Hamlet to England by order of Claudius where Hamlet is to be put to death. Hamlet finds the letters ordering his death. He changes the letters to have his former friends killed instead. Hamlet refuses to feel guilty for their deaths, he states, “They are not near my conscience” (1397). He convinces himself that they deserve their fate for their betrayal of him, yet, the greatest betrayal

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