Power vs. Happiness (Eassay on Hamlet, the Play)

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People who long for power are those who do not have power, not even the ability to control and manage themselves, but they all have one belief and one goal: the goal to become greater than others. They believe that becoming powerful will give them control not only over their own lives but of others below them, and along with such power, happiness will result. Absolute control is absolute power which no one in the world can succeed. The more demand for control and power, the further one will be from happiness and true power. Claudius, William Shakespeare’s antagonist in “Hamlet (the play)”, clearly models the person whose power-hungry mind act unreasonably to gain control and power, thinking happiness will come along, but in the end only…show more content…
O heavy deed! It had been so with us, had we been there. His liberty is full of threats to all (IV.i.12-14) Revenge should have no bounds (VI.vii.125) I’ll have prepar’d him A chalice for the nonce, whereon but sipping, If he by chance escape your venom’d stuck (VI.vii.156-158) When all else fails, when Claudius can not get a hold of Hamlet to calm down or manipulate him the way he wants, his final solution is to take Hamlet out of his life to gain what he believes are to be peace, joy and fearless reign. He acts unreasonable and selfishly by first ordering Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to carry letters of execution of Hamlet to King of England, then when failed, he fuses up Laertes’ anger towards Hamlet, and along with praising Laerte’s vengeance ideas, he even contributes more. The outcome of his acts hits him hard in series of tragedies. “Gertrude, do not drink!”, Claudius yells at the queen when she is about to drink the poisoned cup prepared for Hamlet, but it is too late, she drinks to congratulate her son (VII..ii.260). After the fight with Laertes, when Hamlet found out his mother is poisoned, he stabs the king and forces him to drink the poisoned cup, “Here, thou incestuous, murd’rous, damned Dane” (VII.ii.294). The tragedy does not end with the deaths of Claudius, Queen, Hamlet, and Laertes; it brings the invasion of Prince Fortinbras. Only if Claudius hasn’t searched for wicked ways to gain power for his own fame and happiness, the

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