Some of the characters that display a sense of loyalty and faithfulness include Hamlet, Fortinbras, Laertes, and Horatio.
Although loyalty is considered to be good, it has a negative impact which leads to damage in the play.
Gertrude is the mother of Hamlet, who she deeply cares for and loves. In order for Claudius to stay as king he must keep Gertrude happy and pleased. feelings and marries Claudius which really hurts Hamlet.
He accomplishes this by pretending to love Hamlet in front of Gertrude when in reality he wants to kill Hamlet. Gertrude as a wife and mother, hurts the people most loved, her family.
After his father, the King of Denmark, is murdered, Hamlet wants to seek revenge.
His loyalty towards his father and his family name result in his madness and wanting to kill Claudius. Thus, since he is loyal to his father, Hamlet wants to seek revenge on Claudius.
When Claudius finds out about this, he sends Cornelius and Voltimand to deliver a message to Fortinbras’ uncle warning him “his nephew’s purpose, to suppress his further gait herein, in that the levies, the lists and full proportions, are all made out of his subject” (I. Therefore, Fortinbras’ loyalty towards his father stirs up a false foreshadow where the audience believes that Fortinbras will attack Denmark to avenge his father’s death.
The loyalty between Horatio and Hamlet is opposite to the loyalty between Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Hamlet.
Claudius faces the truth that his secret got out and Hamlet knows he killed King Hamlet. The Shakespearean play of Hamlet captures the audience with many suspenseful and devastating themes including betrayal.
Not wanting to ruin his reputation and of course stay king he plans to have Hamlet killed. Some of the most loved characters get betrayed by who they thought loved them most.