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"HAMLET NO-" "HAMLET YES"

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Transcript of "HAMLET NO-" "HAMLET YES"

Once madness is prevalent in a society, even on a small scale, it inevitably spreads like disease and leads to death.
The State of Denmark
"In the most high and palmy state of Rome,/ A little ere the mightiest Julius fell,/
The graves stood tenantless and the sheeted dead
/ Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets" (1.1.125-8)

"Something is
rotten
in the state of Denmark" (1.4.99)
Horatio and Marcellus believe the ghost's appearance is an omen for evil and corruption in Denmark. The ghost was killed because of poison from a corrupted man, and the corruption spread to the ghost. He then spread that madness to his son who faked madness which eventually became true.
"Tis an
unweeded garden
,/ That grows to seed.
Things rank and gross in nature
/ Possess it merely" (1.2.137-9)
Hamlet
"O, that this
sullied flesh would melt
/ Thaw and resolve itself into a dew" (1.2.131-2)
"Thus the native hue of resolution/ is
sicklied
over with the pale cast of thought" (3.1.91-2)
King Hamlet
"Duller shouldst thou be than the
fat weed
/ that roots itself in ease on Lethe wharf,/ Wouldst thou not stir in this" (1.5.37-9)
Hamlet would be just as corrupt as Claudius if he remained passive and didn't avenge his father's murder. The way King Hamlet was killed was corrupt, and that stayed with him even in the afterlife. He shared that with his son, Hamlet, who went mad thinking of the way his father was killed. King Hamlet caused corruption as a ghost, but Hamlet was easily manipulated by it, so it would have happened eventually.
"In the porches of my ears did pour/ the
leperous distillment
... And a most instant
tetter barked about
,/ most lazar-like, with
vile and loathsome crust
/ All my smooth body" (1.5.68-78)
"Thou mixture
rank
, of
midnight weeds
collected./ with Hecate's ban thrice blasted, thrice
infected
" (3.2.253-4)
Ophelia
"Virtue itself escapes not calumnious strokes,/
The canker galls the infants of the spring
/ Too oft before their buttons be disclosed, and
in the morn and liquid dew of youth
/
Contagious blastments are most imminent
." (1.3.41-5)
Laertes tells Ophelia that since she is young and innocent, she is vulnerable to corruption. He wants to protect her from the corruption going on in Denmark. Ophelia loses her innocence when she realizes how corrupt everyone has become, and kills herself as a response. The death and trickery happening soiled her mind, and she snapped and went crazy before she actually killed herself. She quickly displayed her decay of mind and then took her own life.
Gertrude
"Look you now what follows,/ Here is your husband, like
a mildewed ear
/ blasting his wholesome brother" (3.4.72-74)
"It will but
skin and film the ulcerous place
,/ Whilst
rank corruption, mining all within,
/
Infects unseen
... do not
spread compost on the weeds
/
To make them ranker
" (3.4.165-7)
Claudius
"O, my offense is
rank
, it
smells to heaven
" (3.3.39)

"for me to put him to his
purgation
would perhaps plunge him into far more
choler
" (3.2.315-6)
"In the rank sweat of an enseamed bed,/
stewed in corruption
" (3.4.103-4)
"So much was our love,/ We would not understand what was most fit,/ But
like the owner of a foul disease,/ To keep it from divulging, let it feed/ even on the pith of life
" (4.1.20-24)
"
Diseases desperate grown/ By desperate appliance are relieved,/ or not at all
" (4.3.9-11)
Opinion of Hamlet
Laertes
"I'll touch my point/ with this
contagion
, that if I gall him slightly,/ It may be death." (4.7.160-2)
Laertes and Claudius plan to kill Hamlet with a poisoned sword, and if that doesn't work they plan to posion his drink (Similar to King Hamlet's murder). Laertes was sane when he left for Paris, but once he returned to Denmark he was infected with the corruption going on there. He joined in the madness by agreeing to poison Hamlet just like Claudius used poison to kill King Hamlet. Madness is contagious, and it is better to be far away from in order to remain sane.
Laertes "wants not buzzers to
infect his ear/ with pestilent speeches
of his father's death" (4.5.89-90)
"Alexander died, Alexander was buried,
Alexander returneth into dust
... Imperious Caesar,
dead and turned to clay
" (5.1.212-16)
Hamlet pretending ( ? ) to be insane
"For if
the sun breed maggots
in a
good kissing carrion
" (2.2.195-6)
"We fat all creatures else to fat us, and
we fat ourselves for maggots
... if indeed you find him not within this month, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby" (4.3.24-40)
"One woe doth
tread upon
another's heel, So fast they follow. Your sister's
drowned
, Laertes" (4.7.178-89)
Hamlet believes that by doing nothing to avenge his father's death that he is just as corrupt as Claudius. In a way this further proves how corrupt Hamlet is, because by this point he thinks that it would be more insane to not kill his uncle.
Decay is inevitable, and reduces even powerful, famous people into dust.
Hamlet accuses his mother of being mad herself, because she chose to sleep with the man that killed her previous husband. He also implies that by being with Claudius (who is corrupt) that it has made Gertrude herself corrupt as well (spreading the madness).
King Hamlet's murder was corrupt and is now causing Claudius's conscience to decay. His guilt is eating away at him, and it is becoming more obvious that he is falling apart to the people around him. The corruption cannot be hidden from man or Heaven.
"I would give you some violets, but they/
withered
all when my father died." (4.5.193-194)
In this scene Hamlet calls Claudius out on his corrupt point of view on royalty. Claudius believes that being the king makes him superior to everyone else in Denmark, showing that the position of leadership that he's been placed in has already begun to corrupt him. However Hamlet points out that just because Claudius is the king doesn't make him better than others, even the lowest of beggars, because at the end of the day they're all Danish citizens.
THESIS
Claudius sees Hamlet as a disease and something that he needs to get rid of. As Hamlet discovers more truth about how his father died, Claudius becomes more anxious and wants to get rid of Hamlet sooner rather than later.
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