The Theme Of Corruption In Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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Corruption in Hamlet
William Shakespeare is recognized as the greatest of English writers. What set this story apart from others at the time was that the appearance of the ghost was used as a plot device but also as an untrustworthy character. This play is known as a “revenge-tragedy- a play in which the hero discovers that a close relative has been murdered, experiences considerable trouble in identifying the murderer, and, after overcoming numerous obstacles avenges the death by killing the murderer.”(Book). William Shakespeare uses the dramatic elements of plot, character, and dialogue to illustrate the theme of corruption in Hamlet.
William Shakespeare uses the dramatic element of plot to illustrate the theme of corruption in Hamlet. This
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The most corrupted in Hamlet was Claudius since he became more corrupt as the story went on. Aside from killing his brother King Hamlet he then proceeded to marry his sister in law Gertrude so that he himself could become king. As Goldstein said,” Further, Gertrude’s hasty marriage shows, according to Hamlet that in her “reason panders will”; that is, reason becomes a procurer, obtain for the will what it desires-marriage with Claudius”, (pg. 76). In doing this he also corrupted Gertrude to his will. Then to keep his reign as king he plotted with Laertes to kill Prince Hamlet. Once again he is corrupted as he plots to murder another family member for power. Another heavily corrupted was our protagonist Prince Hamlet himself. His path of corruption started off when his father asked him to seek vengeance on Claudius for murdering him .Then while on this path of vengeance Hamlet kills Polonius believing him to be Claudius hiding behind the curtains. In doing this Hamlet corrupts his own soul by murdering a relatively innocent man. His father then sets him back on the path of murdering Claudius when he comes to remind him of his goal since hamlet has not made much progress. This was elaborated by Stirling here”, The necessary trap has been laid and has done its work; Hamlet has been a shrewd avenger in refusing to Claudius at a prayer; and how he is at the point of redeeming his mother”…show more content…
Corruption can be seen when Marcellus tells Horatio,” Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” (Hamlet). The first problem can is the amount of drunken merriment going on in the castle soon after King Hamlet’s death. Hamlet believes all this drinking corrupts the state. Then he goes on to say how being in a drunken state to perform corrupt acts and act in a corrupt manner. Another corruption going on at the time is them celebrating the marriage of Claudius and Gertrude. Hamlet thinks it is disgusting that his mother married her brother in law. He feels this way partly because of the belief that Claudius is not close to being the man that his father King Hamlet was. Then when King Hamlet was talking to Prince Hamlet he had told him,” Murder most foul, as in the best it is. But this most foul, strange and unnatural” (Hamlet). King hamlet here is speaking of how Claudius had murdered him. Claudius had corrupted himself when he had committed this murder. Then despite what he just said King Hamlet asks his son to murder Claudius. In doing this he starts Prince Hamlet down a path of corruption that eventually leads to his own
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