Corruption Of The Nation, The Community, And The Individual

1573 Words Nov 16th, 2015 7 Pages
Izzy Rael November 16, 2015
English 10-X

Corruption of the Nation, the Community, and the Individual

“Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be got rid of,” says Pratibha Patil, India’s 12th president. Corruption within society hinders its ability to properly function and affects mankind. While it is in effect, corruption will continue to tarnish society’s mores. In Hamlet, Shakespeare uses the motifs of disease and decay to exhibit that moral corruption destroys society.
When a leader is corrupt, his country is linked to his moral deterioration, thus the state deteriorates as he does. Hamlet, alone, ponders the current condition of Denmark. After his father has died, his uncle, Claudius, obtains the throne and marries Queen Gertrude. Hamlet depicts the country as a deteriorating garden to emphasize the corrupt nature of Claudius’ new reign. “Tis an unweeded garden / That grows to seed. Things rank and gross in nature / Possess it merely” (I.ii.139-140). Hamlet’s description of this garden is a metaphor between Claudius’ reign in correlation to Denmark. He uses the word “unweeded” to depict that Claudius has invaded Denmark as weeds invade a garden. Weeds damage the health of gardens; therefore, Claudius’ new reign will damage the social mores of Denmark. When unkept, weeds spread and become difficult to dispose of. The king’s moral offenses– his marriage and sexual relations with the briefly-widowed Gertrude, as well as his…
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