calmity of so long life.

Act III shows characters begin to break down and crumble under the series of events.  Hamlet has suffered greatly throughout the play.  He has undergone his fathers death, only to be followed with a lack of grieving from his fellow friends and family as well as the marriage of his mother and uncle.  The sighting of his father’s ghost forced him to act as if he was going mad, and the betrayal of almost all surrounding people in his life has almost made it seem as if he really is going mad.  His character begins to crumble as Hamlet really has no one to turn to and tell the truth with.  His mother betrayed him when she married Claudius; Claudius betrayed him when he killed his father; Polonius betrayed him when he forbade him to see Ophelia; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern betrayed him when they agreed to spy on him; and Ophelia betrayed him when she tricked him when Claudius and Polonius were eavesdropping on their conversation.  Hamlet feels completely alone because of the fact that he has to pretend that he is crazy, in a way it makes the audience feel as if Hamlet really is going crazy.  Besides the fact that Hamlet is feeling betrayed in this act, Ophelia feels alone and betrayed as well. She is under complete and utter power by her father, who takes control of her life.  Besides the fact that he earlier forbade Ophelia and Hamlet to be together, he now forces her to riddle Hamlet into saying something that her meddling father as well as Claudius could hear.  She continues this streak of betrayal when Hamlet denies that he ever loved her.  He says she was mislead and mistaken and that he had convinced himself that he loved her, when really it was all false.  Manipulation and betrayal seem to be a recurring theme in the play and ultimately plays out when Hamlet strikes the hardest and kills Polonius- the betrayal he showed towards Hamlet finally resulted with his death.  

One thought on “calmity of so long life.

  1. No wonder Hamlet is losing it! You clearly delineate the trouble cornering him on all sides… (Of course, there’s always Horatio)

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