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It could also be argued that Hamlet suffered some corruption due to the way he handled his situation as a whole: deceit and deception. He feigned madness, spurned his girlfriend in which that ultimately caused her death due to her own madness, and manipulated the majority of the people around him. He begins the play as a troubled man, greiving his father, upset at his mother's actions...but overall, he is normal, he is a generally sane person with morals. It is at the moment in which he sees his father's ghost that he is corrupted. Morals and responsibilities go out the window. Shakespeare first clearly shows that corruption is present in Denmark with Marcellus an important character who is just a simple palace guard:
"something is rotten in Denmark"(I.iv.68)
This quote shows that something is definitely wrong and there is generally feeling hamlet which reflects this.The line refers both to the idea that the ghost is an ominous omen for Denmark and to the larger theme of the connection between the moral legitimacy of Claudius due to the killing of his brother king Hamlet aswell as marriage to Gertude. Polonius And Laertes Hamlet Decay and corruption -"Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast"...
-"my [his] uncle-father and aunt-mother"...
-Francisco: “’Tis bitter cold/ And I am sick at heart”
Marcellus: “This dreaded sight twice seen of us.”
Horatio: “This bodes some strange eruption to our state” Shakespeare's character Gertrude is a very mysterious character there are alot of questions that need to be answered to establish Gertrude's innocence through out the play. Some examples of these questions are, was Gertrude in some kind of relationship with Claudius before the murder of her late Husband and did she know about the murder before or after it was committed? Rozencrantz And Guildenstern
In spite of their childhood friendship with Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are rapidly drawn into royal court’s web of intrigue and spying. They have no scruples in spying on Hamlet for Claudius even though Gertrude tells them that:
‘he hath much talk’d of you And sure I am, two men there is not living To who he more adheres.’
Hamlet rapidly comes to see them for what they are, and by Act III scene ii he scornfully shows his contempt:
‘You would play upon me, you would seem to know my stops …
‘Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe?’ Saad M, Naem A & Ferris Claudius
He killed his own brother in order to gain the throne as well as marry his widow. Although it was believed he gained the throne honestly, he obviously did not when it is revealed that he was the reason behind the late king's death. His power had become corrupt as well, due to the fact he had used his advisers and kinsmen (such as Polonius, and then later Laertes) to deal with Prince Hamlet. One of the most talked about theme in Hamlet is Corruptiopn and Decay in Denmark's Royal Court and Family, Shakespeare uses enumerating soliloquy and complex imagery that show decay and corruption lurking beneath the surface of a seemingly peaceful court. In this murky anxiety, the corruptions of the court are revealed. A disease has taken hold of the nation as a result of Claudius' great crime, spreading down to the very core of the state, represented by its ruler Claudius. Another important part of the play is morality. Gertyude and Claudius's marriage is considered immoral by Hamlet while Hamlet justifies his revenge on moral pretenses. Gertude Polonius is loyal to a corrupt court made him corrupt in the end. He was always conniving and scheming and wanted to believe that the reason that Hamlet is crazy because Ophelia will not give him the time of day. He plots to watch Hamlet and Ophelia and show the King. During act II scene I, Polonius is asking Reynaldo to spy on Laertes. This tells more about Polonius as a character than Reynaldo. He doesn’t trust Laertes and gives the audience a peek at his character before the play develops. Laertes is an interesting contrast with Hamlet. Hamlet is a m an who thinks things through before acting while Laertes is man of action and is very short tempered Caudius who is the source of corruption. The best example of his corrupt behavior is the duel where he agrees to use a unbaited sword and poison the tip of his sword. Quotes of interest