In this case, the color again refers to the color of blood, which has coagulated or congealed on Pyrrhus' skin and clothes, like a coat of paint. Being unaccustomed to expressing his emotions this way, he does so in an over the top way that's out of character for him. It also explains why Claudius is King despite Hamlet being old enough to take over. However, even during this time playlets known as drolls were often performed illegally, including one based on the two clowns, called The Grave-Makers, based on Act 5, Scene 1 of Hamlet. Hamlet wouldn't have any reason or right to give Ophelia a dowry, but promises a terrible one in the form of an icy chastity that will ruin her marriage. It is a complex play, and understanding its characters is not a simple task.
He's worried about the damage that this performance has already done to him and fears that faking madness may itself lead to madness. It is famously difficult to pin down his true thoughts and feelings -- does he love Ophelia, and does he really intend to kill Claudius? His troops arrive at Elsinore as the royal family lies dead. At the very least, foils function as roadblocks on the protagonist's journey. She's convinced now that Hamlet is mad, but, like a good mother, she wants to understand the nature of her son's madness, presumably so that she can help. Shakespeare introduces Hamlet in a crowd in order to emphasize his introversion. That is, by my faith. She is said to have boasted about having fourteen children to the goddess Leto, who had only two, the twins Apollo and Artemis.
Of course, this isn't going to work. Gertrude thinks that the Player Queen has been laying it on too thick and that the actress is being melodramatic. His second question, though more polite, builds on this rudeness, making us wonder why Hamlet has decided to treat her so badly. This suggests that, while Polonius attended university, he wasn't a particularly good student and probably not a very good actor, despite his claims. Now, of course, he's lost his way, and she doesn't think he'll ever be the same again. Remember that Fortinbras had recently stopped in at the castle on his way to Poland and that there was no indication then of something going wrong. Playes the role similar to Claudius and kills the king by pouring poison into his ear.
If this is true, then Claudius has done what Hamlet wants to do: kill King Hamlet senior , and sleep with Gertrude. If they were able to say with certainty that Ophelia had killed herself, she wouldn't be allowed this privilege, but since they can't be sure, the bell will ring for her, anyway, and God will decide what to do with her soul. And he's got some pretty intense problems: it turns out his father, Old King Hamlet, died less than two months ago, so Hamlet's feeling the loss. It's believed that Nero himself caused the Great Fire of Rome in order to clear land for his palace and that he poisoned his own stepbrother. This same precept applies to Polonius' advice, and Laertes' non-response to it may suggest that he's taken his father's advice without necessarily agreeing with it.
He continually spars with Claudius, who recognizes the danger of Hamlet's wit but is never smart enough to defend himself against it. This line, Ophelia's first, characterizes her as a loving sister, part of a tight-knit family that includes her father Polonius and her brother Laertes. Ophelia knows that Hamlet was once a kind, considerate, intelligent scholar with a honeyed tongue and a strong sense of morality. Hamlet's apparent madness makes Laertes want to forgive him, but Laertes can't possibly do so until some council of his elders decides that there's a way to do so without ruining his name or his honor. Claudius had hastily married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother, following the death, and had thereby ascended the throne. That he feels the need to justify his actions underscores the fact that he's had to think his way out of feeling guilty about the murder he intends to commit.
The variety of his moods, from manic to somber, seems to cover much of the range of human possibility. However, all the violets died when her father did, symbolizing that Ophelia has lost her faith in the crown. However this man, the titular character of the play, Hamlet, is indecisive and goes through a variety of problems in his quest for revenge. He becomes furious and wants to kill Hamlet when he comes to know about the murder of his father. Horatio intends to commit suicide by drinking the poison so that he can preserve his honor as Hamlet's friend. He is supported or schemed against by a variety of characters, many of who act as a character foil to Hamlet.
Soon, he implies, everyone will forget about his father, like his mother has, and he'll be the only one left holding onto his memories. Notice that Claudius has forty lines and Gertrude only has fourteen lines. Here he wouldn't be stern, hostile, and threatening towards his presumably mad stepson, but rather smiling, friendly, and understanding. However, if he kills Claudius while he is praying, Hamlet worries that Claudius will go to heaven. In other words, when you try to make friends for the sake of making a friend or with some secret purpose , it's obvious that you don't really want to be friends with that person. Polonius asks Reynaldo to casually speak with those who might know Laertes to figure out whether or not the men do, in fact, know Laertes.
Foils in Hamlet In some sense, William Shakespeare's Hamlet is a detective story. It's at once a sign of self-assurance and an act of great impropriety. From what we've seen thus far, it seems as though Gertrude has fallen in love with Claudius, so it's unlikely that she suspects him of faking his love for her in order to secure his position. While his qualities are not as thoroughly explored as Hamlet's, Shakespeare crafts a whole human being out of the treacherous, usurping King of Denmark. He is the new king of Norway after his father was killed by Hamlet's father. Horatio suggests that he's truant by nature, that it's in his disposition, but, as Hamlet knows, this isn't true.