O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!
"O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!"
Hamlet is enraged when he learns a hideous and painful truth
from the Ghost of his recently deceased father: the late king did
not die a natural death but was murdered by his own brother, the
new King Claudius. This foul deed enabled Claudius to take both the
crown and Gertrude, the late king's wife, Hamlet's mother, as his
Queen. Hamlet has been depressed the death of his father, but to
learn that he was actually murdered by his own brother is
devastating. This is the turning point for Hamlet, marking the
beginning of his madness, whether it be entirely real or at least
partly feigned. He lives for one thing, and that is revenge.