Monday, November 12, 2012
Going Insane With Power
Switching to a different character, Laertes returns with a vast amount of loyal followers to begin a rebellion. This rebellion does not qualify as insanity to me because Laertes wants to know where his father is and who killed him. Instead of Hamlet's over the top reaction, Laertes returns angry and fending for answers. So far it seems Hamlet has not corrupted Laertes with insanity although the loss of his father is a tragedy in itself.
Although in the middle of Act 4 there were a lot of remarkable moments, I wanted to discuss the death of Ophelia. It is said that she drowned in water because of her heavy clothing. It seems that Hamlet had such an effect on Ophelia that she may have attempted suicide. It is prominent that men have the largest effect over the population and in this sense, Hamlet denying his love for Ophelia has caused her to fall into a state of misery and depression. I feel this is an example of masculinity and power over women during this time period. Ophelia's death is tragic but it is Hamlet's emotional power over there that causes her death and loss in the play. Male power continues to be an underlying theme throughout Shakespeare's plays.