Lack Of Power In Hamlet

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Hamlet In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, he develops the idea that if one feels a lack of power to effect change, one’s frustration will lead to venting at inappropriate targets. Hamlet feels that he cannot change the fact that Claudius has murdered his father, this makes him angry and results to the anger being targeted at Gertrude and Ophelia. The theme of betrayal is mainly portrayed between Hamlet and Claudius, after the murder of Hamlet’s father. Hamlet feels betrayed by Claudius and this causes Hamlet to hesitate throughout the play when taking decisions. Hamlet is betrayed by Claudius when he murders Hamlet’s father and takes his crown and wife-this leads to Hamlet pointing out his anger at Gertrude instead of Claudius. During a conversation between Hamlet and his mother, he says, “But to live in the rank sweat of an enseamed bed, stewed in corruption, honeying and making love…show more content…
“Get thee to a nunnery,” (3.1.122). This is mean because Hamlet tells Ophelia to go to a nunnery even though they are in a relationship. Knowing that women that go to nunnery’s don’t get married, Hamlet tells her that and pushes her away from him. “I did love you once,” (3.1.117) he tells Ophelia, saying that he does not love her even though he does. This is cruel because he knows Ophelia loves him. He is projecting hateful words to her, in order to give her the impression that he no longer cares or loves her. In addition to his attitude towards Ophelia, he develops a habit of pushing her away from him which is represented when he tells her “We will have no more marriages,” (3.1.149). It is selfish and mean of Hamlet to tell Ophelia he does not want a future with her. Through these quotations, Hamlet’s insensitivity towards his girlfriend is portrayed, which ties back to the idea that he is acting out towards Ophelia because he is mad at
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