Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet '

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Charles Agapay Ms. Maloney AP Literature and Composition November 17, 2015 Hamlet “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” (I, iv, 90). In other words, something is not right. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the young prince, Hamlet, experiences numerous dilemmas in the country. In order for the country to remain stable, each character must follow the moral. As the play moves forward, Shakespeare uncovers the real extent of ‘rottenness’ coming from several characters. Rotten can be either physical or mental. Horatio defines ‘rotten’ as corruption within the state of Denmark. The castle guards witnessed paranormal activities with a supernatural figure. The figure appears to be the ghost, which in other words claims to be Hamlet’s deceased…show more content…
The ghost reappears again at midnight and Horatio and Marcellus advised Hamlet not to go alone. The ghost attracts Hamlet and out of curiosity, Hamlet follows. As Hamlet chases the ghost around, the ghost settles and says, “I am thy father’s spirit, Doomed for a certain term to walk the night… Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature are burnt and purged away” (I, v, 9-13). It is at that very moment that the ghost is really Hamlet’s father. Although Hamlet finds out that the ghost is his father, he still feels the ‘rottenness’ and wants to unfold it’s true scope. As Hamlet is locked into what his father has to say, the ghost whimpers, “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder… But this most foul, strange and unnatural” (I, v, 25-28). Hamlet was eager to revenge the murderer, but the ghost has more to say before he departs. More ‘rotten’ things have been occurring as word has been going around Denmark saying that a poisonous “serpent” has taken the king’s life away. As the conversation between Hamlet and his father continues, he reveals the murderer by asserting, “The serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown” (I, v, 39-40). Hamlet is infuriated by the crime that his uncle has committed. Knowing the killer of his father, Hamlet soon seeks revenge against his uncle. ‘Rottenness’ with the ghost has been cleared with Hamlet as the ghost isn’t an unfamiliar figure, but was his father. The ‘rottenness’ continues as the victim of Hamlet’s father’s
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