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Hamlet Marxist lens

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Ummu Kalthom

on 23 April 2013

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Marxist Lens Act 1 Act 5 By Safwan Roslan Act 3 Act 4 Power and class caused betrayal,revenge and corruption then brings the society toward the devastation. Thesis “ Not where he eats,but where he is eaten… your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service,two dishes,but to one table-that’s the end” (Shakespere 195) Quote (Act 4 scene 3) The quote is said by Hamlet to reveal the betrayal of Claudius towards the king by killing the king in order to get the power.
he wants to emphasise that the power is nothing because when we died we will all be eaten by worms and we will be the same.
Betrayal is the root of all the problems. Betrayal Brings to revenges
Hamlet- take a revenge for his father’s death
Laertes- for his father and Ophelia.
This caused a lot more troubles and Corruptions. Revenge Claudius used Laertes to kill Hamlet
Poison drink
Poison sword Corruptions Destruction of Family's Structure
Ophelia-Goes into madness Devastation Power and class- betrayal+ revenge+corruption=devastation By Ummu Kalthom Arrazi Done By Benjamin Ten Chee Tze Quote (Act 1, Scene 2) "Sir, my good friend, I'll change that name with you." (Shakespeare 25) Thesis The class gap between the royalty
and peasants is unusually minimal in Hamlet. Monarchy It is a known fact that peasants and working class citizens in a monarchy are not able to correspond with the aristocratic royalty as they wish. In the rare case of Hamlet however, Prince Hamlet disregarded the class gap between him and Horatio and became close friends nonetheless. The Genius Shakespeare The way Shakespeare adds in pro-working class ideology in Hamlet is subtle and does not cross the line to offend the royalty. His occasional jabs at the royal seems harmless, but is one of the earliest form of Marxism in literature writing. Basis to Marxism The tragedy Hamlet can be attributed as the roots of fundamental Marxism; the minimal class gap shown through the friendship of Hamlet & Horatio, which contradicts the reality in the Shakespearean Era, correlates to the ideology of Marxism that all human beings are equal and that monarchies should be abolished. In Hamlet, Shakespeare portrays the leniency of world treatment towards people with power and wealth . "Will you ha' the truth on't? If this had not been a gentlewoman, she should have been buried out o' Christian burial" (Shakespeare ) The gravediggers think about the reason of a woman who committed suicide is being given a Christian Burial

They understand that her social status affects the way she is buried. It shows the influence of power and wealth in the world, even it involves religious matter.

Portrays by the egotism of the higher class that feels it is within their rights to change the rules according to themselves. Act 2 Done by Levina Pramono Thesis Statement In act 2, it clearly potrays the dynamics of power and The King as a higher class people, he has control over people. Quote “Then our baggers bodies, and our monarchs and outstretched heroes the beggars’ shadows”
( 2.2.266-267) Poor People VS Rich People Poor people have no ambition in their lives because they have no power.
On other hand, rich people could grasp their ambition because they have power to control what they want. Revenge Hamlet is using his authority as the son of King to reveal his father's death by asking people to perform an act about how his father is murdered. Command Because Claudius owns the power, he commands Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to spy on Hamlet. Thesis statement In act 3, Shakespeare portrays the power of the noble's social class in controlling their subjects that leads to corruption of authorities. Quote Act3,scene 3 "We will ourselves provide.
Most holy and religious fear it is
To keep those many many bodies safe That live and feed upon your Majesty." (Shakespeare 10) by Jaslin Sofea Significance As Claudius has the title of a 'king', that made him well respected and highly trusted by the lower class. Uses his power to hide his crime, and manipulate the lower class into believing that Hamlet is a threat to the country. Corruption The power that Claudius possess has enabled him to give out command to Guildenstern and Rosencratz Guildenstern and Rosencrantz are on a lower social class to the king, so they are bound to obey King Claudius Claudius manipulate them and made them betray their own friend, Hamlet The quote illustrates that people who are in a lower social class will obey orders from the upper class They call for the King to act in order to protect themselves and the people of Denmark shows that King Claudius can use his power to manipulate his subjects in any way that he pleased Opinion In this act, Claudius uses his power to manipulate friends of Hamlet his power to cover up his crimes Hamlet realizes the absurdity of social class division in the face of death
Foreshadowing Hamlet's death THANK YOU!
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