When Reading Any Article, Novel Or Play, Readers Are Always

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When reading any article, novel or play, readers are always looking for the different themes in the literature, sometimes even unknowingly. By the end of the reading, there is typically one standout theme which has the greatest influence on the plot and the characters. Readers must understand the deeper meaning of the writing and discover which theme in their opinion impacted the play the most. Furthermore, it is very important that the author often leaves much of the story open to interpretation. Shakespeare was particularly fond of allowing his audience and his readers the freedom to interpret the deeper meaning of his work. Of all themes in the play “Hamlet”, the concept of memory is the most influential, more specifically, the memory …show more content…

Gertrude’s faded memory of her late husband caused her inability to see the ghost. Gertrude did everything in her power to forget the memory of King Hamlet, she remarried as soon after his funeral as possible, also, unlike Hamlet, Gertrude has a very realistic view on life, “Thou know’s ‘tis common; all that lives must die”, Gertrude’s realistic view caused her to move on much quicker than Hamlet. Likewise, her husband, King Claudius, was still facing an internal guilt for murdering his own brother, this guilt caused King Claudius to do everything in his power to forget his brother. Additionally, Gertrude was always very easily influenced by men, she remarried to Claudius very quickly, she then quickly agreed to help Hamlet cover up his madness from Claudius in Act 3 Scene 3, and finally she hastily told Claudius about Hamlet killing Polonius despite promising to keep that secret. Due to Gertrude being so easily influenced, Claudius could easily manipulate her into forgetting about King Hamlet. Finally, Hamlet sees the ghost the first time while he is depressed, and constantly reminiscing about his father. In Act 2, Scene 2 Hamlet questions the ghosts honesty, claiming that perhaps it “May be a devil”, Hamlet will be unable to see the ghost again until he is certain that the ghost is honest, when King Claudius shows his guilt during the play. Despite the play being open to

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