Research Paper On Hamlet

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Marxist Theory Research
Marxist/Economic determinist criticism, was a theory founded by Karl Marx in the nineteenth century (1818-1883). Marx based his theory on the struggle, “between segregated classes, the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’, this includes the bourgeoisie—those who control the world’s natural, economic, and human resources—and the proletariat, the majority of the global population who live in substandard conditions” (Tyson, 54). The fundamental groundings emphasize the ‘superstructure’ of ideology (religion, arts, philosophy, politics and law) expressing the concerns of the upper class.

Hamlet’s Relationship With Horatio
Hamlet does not follow the traditional segregation of standards, norms and rules that are instilled and supported
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One fault can begin with one's own downward destruction; ironically, Claudius does not see his own. His world is so much about acting and his appearance and to exaggerate people’s flaws and the fundamental aspects of human nature through corruption and power.
Marxist critic, Lois Tyson would argue that “getting and keeping economic power is the motive behind all social and political activities, including education, philosophy, religion, government, the arts, science, technology, the media, and so on.” (Tyson, 52-54)
This is resonated throughout the leading plotline of the story that Claudius murdered his brother King Hamlet, as he confessesses in his soliloquy, “That cannot be; since I am still possess'd /Of those effects for which I did the murder:/My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen” (3. 3. 54-56) Claudius became very self-absorbed with the idea that money can buy everything and his economic power led to the to destruction of social and political activities in that era, focusing on protecting his reaping rewards by destroying the enemies like Hamlet who question his power.
Hamlet's Confrontation with
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1. 24-26).
He elucidates that it is beyond the Christians control, whereas the upper class are given the final decision about the freedom of drowning or hanging themselves. This shows the social divide between the two classes, as the religion followed by people will dictate your predetermined afterlife, and that one has very little power to do what he or she pleases. Therefore, all left in the hands of their own fate or destiny, which foreshadows Hamlet’s hamartia that leads to his death.
It is interesting to note that the gravedigger, being a lower class understand the various puns or play of words Hamlet uses to enforce his dominant rulings. Although, they both live under the different rulings of very different lifestyles, they are both of equal status because they are both nurtured by the Elizabethan Era culture which supports this particular mode of communicating in their own
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