This develops the character of Hamlet very well because he is expressing a feeling without stating it bluntly. Hamlet is expressing his strong hatred towards Claudius when he says that beggars and kings are at the same level when they die. Claudius, being a snob, was affected him with this line. This quote from the play is very deep and meaningful so that shows how much Hamlet really put thought into his words. He really was not mad and crazy, he was wording thing differently. Instead of stating things bluntly, he would say things in a manor only one who really thought about it would understand.
It could also show how he is not very sensitive because talking about being eaten by worms when one dies, following the death of Polonius shows that he does not care. This quote helps us understand Hamlet’s character more. This quote is developing the theme of death since it talks about what happens after one dies and gets buried in the ground. Hamlet is stating that death is an equalizer and social class doesn’t matter, it is merely a societal importance. There are any different aspects of death that “Hamlet” covers but this one is focusing mainly on how Hamlet perceives people after they die.
Hamlet sees people as having the same role in society after death. Death is inevitable and everyone eventually becomes equal. Having death as the final equalizer is saying that living is diving people because society taught to divide according to social class. In this quote, Hamlet is saying that after death, social status does not matter any more because the same worm that may feed off of a king is likely to feed off a beggar. This quote could have caused some controversy or judgment from his viewers because many believed that there was a clear ivide between rich and poor.
To imply that a beggar and a king would be equal was unheard of in the Elizabethan era. This line could give his audience a whole new view on the monarchy, instead of the king ruling over everyone, the concept of equality would come into play and the king and a beggar would be equal. This outlook on the government gave Shakespeare’s audience something to think about while watching the play and also a new concept “And where the offence is let the great axe. ” This quote is found in act IV, scene iv, line 215. Claudius is talking to Laertes.
When Claudius said this line, it foreshadowed the rest of the book. In other words, it develops the plot for the rest of the play. Since Claudius and Laertes want revenge on Hamlet, it suggests that they will both do something to target him. This gets the reader or viewers brain going, making them think of what they could possibly be plotting against Hamlet. This line says a little bit about Claudius. Claudius is saying whoever does wrong, must get punished and he was the one who did something wrong in the very beginning but is saying nothing about him having to be punished.
This line really falls into the theme of revenge. This theme is one of the stronger ones that William Shakespeare focused on for this play. Claudius is wanting revenge on Hamlet for all that Hamlet has done. Laertes also wants revenge on Hamlet. Hamlet has killed Polonius, sent Rosencrantz and Gildenstern to a certain death in the hands of the King of England and Laertes sees Hamlet being the reason behind his sister’s death. Both Claudius and Laertes have motive so it would only make sense to the viewer or reader that they would want revenge on Hamlet.
Dramatic irony is used in this line because Claudius is saying that whoever is guilty of something, they should be punished with death. The audience knows that Claudius himself is being a hypocrite because he has committed a terrible crime by killing Hamlet Sr. Since the ghost of Hamlet Sr. went to Hamlet in the beginning, telling him that it was Claudius who killed him. So, from the beginning of the play the readers and viewers know that Claudius is hiding something from everyone and we also know that Hamlet knows but is deciding to tell no one.
Since we know who killed Hamlet Sr. , it creates dramatic irony. “Hear you, sir; What is the reason that you use me thus? I lov’d you ever: but it is no matter; Let Hercules himself do what he may, The cat will mew, and dog will have this day. ” This line is said in act V, scene i, lines 290-295. It was said by Hamlet speaking to Claudius and Laertes. Hamlet is viewing himself as a hero (Hercules) even though he may be looked down upon by others (like a dog a dog) but he thinks he will surely get his revenge on Claudius.
Hamlet is persistent and does not give up easily. All the throughout the play, Hamlet did not give up once in trying to seek revenge for his father’s death. This foreshadows what might happen during the ending of the play. This quote also falls into the theme of revenge but it does have a bit of what Hamlet sees about social class. In these lines, Hamlet is voicing his opinion about how Claudius and Laertes are treating him. At this point in the play, the only thing that is on Hamlet’s mind is revenging the death of his father.
Hamlet is telling them that nobody will stop him revenge the death of his father. Instead of saying it in a straight forward way, Hamlet compared himself to Hercules, dogs and cats. The other theme that this supports is the theme of equality and inequality. Hamlet is saying that he does not care if Claudius tries to stop him because Hamlet will not listen. Even though Claudius is king, Hamlet will not let that overpower him. Hamlet will not allow a person of higher class dictate his life. It also does not help that Claudius is the one that killed Hamlet Sr.
Hamlet has no sympathy towards him. William Shakespeare used an allusion in this passage. Hamlet made a reference to Hercules. Hercules was a known Greek God who was known for his strong body and the adventures he faced throughout his life. He was like a hero to most people who believed in Greek Gods. In the line that Hamlet mentions Hercules, he is pointing out to Claudius that even a mighty god like Hercules can not even stop things from going the way they should. This means that Claudius can not control the actions of Hamlet.