Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet '

1454 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
Maya Mogensen
Shakespeare
Professor Lowell Pratt
22 April 2016
Evil
In the play, Hamlet, William Shakespeare utilizes power and revenge to contribute to the major theme of evil or “rottenness” in the play. Shakespeare shows the audience how the lust for power leads to a manifestation of evil that corrupts humankind to do terrible and wicked things. Claudius, out of resentment and lust for his brother’s power and the people and things that come with it, in essence, Queen Gertrude and the Kingdom of Denmark, created the multiple forms of evil that can be found in the play.
The origin of the rottenness found in the play can be traced back to the character Claudius. Claudius is first introduced to the audience in Act I scene ii, where it is revealed that the old King, Hamlet, is dead and Claudius is acting as temporary King of Denmark. He addresses the court of Denmark and informs them that young Fortinbras “holds a weak supposal of [their] worth.” Fortinbras, a young man, wishes to reclaim his father’s land through war, leading him to write proclamations and decrees attempting to persuade King Claudius into releasing them. In order to deal with Fortinbras, Claudius writes a letter to Fortinbras’ Uncle in Norway to have him calm Fortinbras and then sends messengers to deliver it which reveals how Claudius interacts with people and things indirectly. This concept reappears when Claudius pollutes Hamlet’s father, King of Denmark, after he murders him. Claudius, commits a “murder…
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