While reading Shakespeare’s Hamlet, I encountered Hamlets’ veer personas throughout the play, changing depending on the situation and person. The protagonist displays insanity, cruelty, and authenticity to various characters to push along and reaches his motives. The cruelty of Hamlet comes out most indefinitely toward female characters, e.
g., Ophelia and Gertrude. The college student meticulously verbal attacks Gertrude to display his displeasure in her second marriage. Further, demonstrating his distrust of women, on multiple occasions he sexually harasses Ophelia. Albeit, Hamlet still loves Ophelia, displayed by his reaction at her funeral. Hamlet’s dynamic character allows him to seem crazy, to further confuse and disconcert the king and his fellow cohorts. Hamlet cunningly tricks Polonius and Claudius into believing his antic-disposition.
After the former king reveals the truth about his death, Hamlet seeks revenge upon both his mother and Claudius. For Hamlet, Gertrude unforgivingly marries Hamlet’s uncle just a few months after his father’s death. Therefore, Hamlet uncontrollable seeks to hurt his mother; however, obeying his father’s command to leave his mother to be judged by the heavens, he, for the most part, stops himself from physically abusing the Queen. Hamlet with the weight of avenging his father found the most efficacious way of committing this deed. Hamlet finds the worst in women after experiencing his mother’s quick marriage with his uncle. This influences his actions toward women throughout the play.
Hamlet shows his cruelty to women through sexual references and pernicious criticism. During the play of The Murder of Gonzago, Hamlet loudly asks Ophelia if he can lie in her lap, “Lady, shall I lie in your lap?” This is a sexual innuendo to embarrass her in front of a crowd of the townspeople. Hamlet exhibits his true self during his soliloquies and towards his longtime friend and colleague, Horatio.
Each soliloquy both advances the plot and reveals Hamlet’s inner thoughts to the audience. During the beginning of the play, the protagonist demonstrates his anger toward his mother’s quick marriage “She married. O, most wicked speed, to post. With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!” The speech foreshadows the depressed and suicidal atmosphere to come in later scenes.