Corruption And Revenge In Hamlet

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Pride, Corruption, then Revenge

The path one takes to seek a personal reward may result in the treacherous acts that causes devastation for others. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the moral corruption that occurs between family members causes animosity that results in their downfall, and eventually their ultimate demise. More specifically, the tainted view of an individual in a family may result in the downfall of the other family members involved. Evidence of the tainted view of a family member causing undue harm can be found in the relationship between Hamlet and Claudius, Hamlet and Old King Hamlet, and Hamlet and Gertrude.

The relationship between Hamlet and Claudius is problematic, largely due to the fact that they both wish death
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It is evident how nervous Claudius is from his plot to kill Hamlet in every way possible by having multiple backup plans in the case of an initial failure. Initially, poison was applied on Laertes’ sword to kill Hamlet. In turn, the goblet that is thrown into the cup that Hamlet will drink out of is poisonous as well. As a result, Hamlet and Claudius both experience moral corruption throughout the play resulting in both deaths.

Hamlet’s relationship with his father, King Old Hamlet, is emotional and saddening. He had lots of respect and love for his father, and it shows through his depressed thoughts and actions following Old King Hamlet’s death. Hamlet’s view of his father is almost tainted in a positive way, as he seems incapable to admit any of his father’s shortcomings. However, the old king essentially corrupts Hamlet by commanding him to avenge his death, leading Hamlet to commit terrible actions.
Hamlet expresses his grief over his father’s death to his mother when he says, “Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother, / Nor customary suits of solemn black, / Nor windy suspiration of forced breath, / ....That can denote me truly…. These but the trappings and the suits of woe.”
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Throughout this process, Hamlet and Claudius’ tainted relationship successively intensifies through their planned plots to kill one another. The relationship between Hamlet and his mother Gertrude worsen as well due to her shameful acts, and disregard towards her son in his times of need. If it had not been for this corruption between the family, Denmark would’ve continued to be ruled by an honourable and truthful family. Instead, the kingdom of Denmark became rife with dishonesty, eventually leading to the death of all family members involved, the ultimate
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