Corruption By William Shakespeare 's Hamlet

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No nation is entirely free from corruption. Nevertheless, if corruption is strong enough, it can hinder the good governance and decay the fabric of society. It is an obstacle to sustainable development, and leaves little room for justice to prevail. Central to the plot and the themes developed in Shakespeare 's Hamlet, are the varying elements of corruption, which occur during the play. This is echoed in Marcellus ' famous comment of 'Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, ' when Hamlet is beckoned away by the Ghost (1.4.90). The most obvious example of corruption in the play is the murder of king Hamlet by his brother Claudius followed shortly after the incestuous marriage of Gertrude and Claudius, a marriage that robs Hamlet of his throne. The next example is Hamlets vow with the ghost of his father to avenge his death and murder Claudius. Though those living in the Elizabethan era may find this vengeance righteous and just, the actions taken by Hamlet, such as the murder of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern following his father’s death, are cruel and unusual. The final example, the rapier match, challenged by Laertes towards Hamlet, ends in the demise of the entire corrupted, dynamic, characters in Hamlet. After knowing and analyzing all of the above examples of corruption in Hamlet, though it may not have been morally corrected, I think Hamlet was correct in wanting to take revenge upon Claudius. “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home”,
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