William Shakespeare's Hamlet Essay

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William Shakespeare's Hamlet

There were many factors which affected Shakespeare when he wrote Hamlet, one of which was the fashion at the time were all about revenge tragedies, the audience absolutely loved to watch violence. Shakespeare knew that, so most of his plays were in that category.

When this play was written in 1601, Shakespeare's father died and also one of his generous patron and friend imprisoned due to the failure of a rebellion led by Lord Essex. Shakespeare himself had also taken part in the plot by authorizing a performance of Richard II on the eve of the events. Essex's followers compared Elizabeth I to Richard and the scene concerning the deposing of the King was to trigger
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Mad call I it, for to define true madness,' from Polonius clearly suggested. But in reality he was only trying to fool those around him, in order to get those around him to show their hands and also to find out whether the ghost was telling the truth. Since Hamlet was acting mad, therefore he would be able to get away with things where otherwise the King would suspect him and find a way to shut him up. The quote 'These tedious old fools.' from Hamlet after Polonius had left suggested that Hamlet thought Polonius was a fool since he falls for his acted madness. Basically these quotes brought up the key themes in the play, which were madness and appearance vs. reality.

Another key theme, order and disorder had also taken place in the beginning of the play. From Hamlet's first soliloquy he said 'Fie on't, ah fie,'tis an unweeded garden.' This showed that he thought the entire country was running into chaos and out of control hence disorder because Denmark was preparing for war against Fortinbras, the prince of Norway, and the early marriage between the Queen and Claudius soon after the death of King Hamlet. In Norway, things were very organised hence order as Fortinbras had a very clear and detailed plan of how to invade Denmark. Also the state of Hamlet's mind was very confused with the fact that on one hand, he had to take revenge upon Claudius hence order and on the other

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