The Death Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare

1325 WordsFeb 10, 20166 Pages
Death is the Key One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel. This saying means that one awful person or event can infect others and cause them to change also. This can be seen in Hamlet, when King Hamlet dies in the beginning of the play. Hamlet, like any other Shakespearean tradgedy, contains a series betrayal and death. Hamlet seeks revenge when his deceased father’s ghost tells him that his uncle, Claudius, murdered him. Since Hamlet’s grief for his father was expressed more than any other character, the strong bond between Hamlet and his father is clearly seen. Along the way, death finds other characters and corruption follows. Throughout Hamlet, death becomes a catalyst to the corruption of sane characters, but death is also necessary for the elimination of all the corrupt souls for the sake of Denmark. Not only does Hamlet’s dead father’s mission for him affect Hamlet’s mindset but his corrupt state affects Ophelia’s fate. In act 1, Hamlet mourns over his father’s death in the beginning of the play, but when the ghost of his father appears, his mourning soon changes into a desire for revenge for his father. With his mindset on avenging his father’s death, Hamlet easily falls into a state of doubt within himself and others. It can be seen when Hamlet says to himself, “[...] The spirit that I have seen May be the devil, and the devil hath power, T ' assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps, Out of my weakness and my melancholy, As he is very potent with such spirits,
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