The core of the rottenness throughout the play starts with the rotten family members. Claudius is named king shortly after he poisons, his brother, Old Hamlet in his sleep. Not only is he pronounced as king, he marries Gertrude, Old Hamlet’s wife, immediately after he passes away, which Young Hamlet overtly disapproves of. Hamlet does not trust any of the events that happened, therefore the rotten relations between family members. The ghost of Hamlet’s father comes to solidify Hamlet’s feelings towards his new step-father by saying, “'Tis given out that, sleeping in my orchard, a serpent stung me. So the whole ear of Denmark is by a forgèd process of my death rankly abused. But know, thou noble youth, the serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown (Act I, Scene 5, 35-40). The ghost tells Hamlet that everyone thinks he was bit by a snake w...
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...ng he is perfect, because he just had to put on an act to cover up. His act is the reason why majority of the plotline ended up so rotten.
Denmark slowly rotted as a nation. Rottenness took over the character’s relations with family members, their morals, their relationship with other countries, and it slowly took over the plotline of the entire play. The characters in the play slowly allowed this rotting to take over, because there was nothing else they can do. It essentially became the norm. Although the rotten relationships were apparent since King Hamlet killed elder Fortinbras, Claudius aided in the spread of the rotten dispositions. Since the new king was completely rotten, it slowly spread to everyone else, like an uncontrollable plague, which eventually decays a population. Just like the play, in the real world one rotten aspect can ruin many pure souls.
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