Betrayal, the Only Truth that Sticks

766 WordsJan 26, 20183 Pages
Hamlet demonstrates the betrayal between family, friends, and lovers. Trust becomes a very invisible in this tragic story. Those who say keep friends close, but enemies closer should watch out for family members. In Hamlet power becomes more important than family, which causes betrayal between two brothers. Claudius storms up this clever idea to gain the power he desperately craves, so he decides to poison his own brother. “Ghost: …Now, Hamlet, hear: ’Tis given out that, sleeping in my orchard, a serpent stung me; so the whole ear of Denmark is by a forged process of my death rankly abus’d: but know, thou noble youth, the serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown” (DiYanni, 1565). King Hamlet ruled Denmark before getting poisoned by his brother Claudius, now Claudius wears his dead brother’s crown. Everyone gave respect to King Hamlet and Claudius envied all the attention his brother acquired. Claudius betrays King Hamlet by murdering him because he wanted to gain that power the king held in his hands and all that attention he engraved his heart to have. After his brother’s death, he betrays King Hamlet yet again by marrying his wife and that looks suspicious because Claudius and Queen Gertrude might have had a fling before King Hamlet’s death and that could be another reason Claudius murdered his own brother. Claudius certainly does not believe in brotherly love since he betrays King Hamlet to get want he thinks he needs. Another act of betrayal between
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