Corruption And Attention Depicted In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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In Shakespeare’s famous play, Hamlet, there are multiple motifs of corruption present throughout the work as a way of accentuating the pain and destruction that are the basis of the play. From the beginning of the play, attention is called to the fact that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark” and later Hamlet refers to Claudius as “a mildewed ear” (Act 1, Scene 4, line 91)(Act 3, Scene 4, line 65). These tie together because Claudius is the new representative of all of Denmark. Since Claudius is rotten, the entirety of Denmark has become rotten. Hamlet also talks of much corruption having to do with his mother when he states that she “takes off the rose/From the fair forehead of an innocent love,/And sets a blister there” and that

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