In Hamlet by Shakespeare, the dire effects of guilt can be seen to have detrimental causes, as conveyed by the actions of Claudius. Claudius was continuously depicted as the antagonist, and this can be attributed to his immoral pursuits. He murdered his own brother, Hamlet, to take Gertrude, and now feels a deep regret for his actions. However, it is not known whether Claudius would have experienced equal emotions if Hamlet did not stage the reminiscent play. Before the play was staged, Claudius continued in his normal demeanor and no sense of remorse could be illustrated by his words. Claudius would attempt to justify his relationship as one that seemed necessary, when in reality the very thought of committing such an act was depraved.
Immediately after Claudius became the king, he experienced no sorrow, but through Hamlet’s motivation to prove his hunch correct, Claudius eventually felt the effects that a moral individual would have felt. Through the confession, it can be portrayed that Claudius feels a great amount of guilt for what he’s done. Upon Claudius’s confession, Hamlet intentionally desired to avenge his father, but upon his epiphany he chose not to. The reason for Hamlet’s refusal to murder Claudius can be attributed to his ardency to make him suffer. Hamlet’s feelings of hatred are conveyed to drive his actions, and in order for Claudius to feel the full consequences of his immorality, Hamlet will wait until Claudius’s guilt disappears; for Hamlet would rather have Claudius enter the pits of suffering, then the gates of bliss.
Character Analysis on Gertrude
In Hamlet, Shakespeare conveys during this novel’s era, women were seen as weak in comparison to the paternal society; as portrayed by the life Gertrude is forced to embrace. Upon the death of her own husband, Gertrude was forced to enter a relationship with Claudius. This decision was illustrated to be more influenced by the role of women, rather than anything else. Gertrude may have never intended to be with Claudius, but because both her and her son could have faced the consequences if she refused, she had to submit to the paternal society. Gertrude is usually depicted as a reasonable and well off individual, but with Claudius as her companion, Hamlet conveys that she has committed a great fallacy. Hamlet continually explains to Gertrude that she is a horrible woman for accepting Claudius. It is evident that Gertrude is oblivious to the degenerate act committed by Claudius, but given that Hamlet knows, he cannot allow his mother to live with such a horrible man.
Representing the frailty of women in comparison to men, Gertrude is portrayed as being submissive to those around her. She is easily persuaded by both Claudius and Hamlet; causing her to become confused. Shakespeare attempts to convince the audience that Gertrude cannot form her own opinions as she relies on others to do so for her. She remains cringing in both the ardent speeches of her son and her husband; two paternal sources of power.
Shakespeare, William. “Hamlet.” 1564-1616.