Abuse Of Power In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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According to Businessdictionary.com the definition of abuse of power is, “The act of using one’s position of power in an abusive way. This can take many forms, such as taking advantage of someone, gaining access to information that shouldn’t be accessible to the public, or just manipulating someone with the ability to punish them if they don’t comply”(BusinessDictionary.com). Today we see this kind of behavior in North Korea with dictator Kim Jong-un and even in the past in Germany with Hitler. In William Golding 's ¨Lord of The Flies¨ and Shakespeare 's ¨Hamlet” the theme of abuse of power is present amongst few characters. Jack from “Lord of the Flies” and Hamlet and King Claudius from “Hamlet” all show signs of misuse of power, which will …show more content…
“Innocent” Hamlet actually isn 't so innocent his misuse of power results in the death of a few people. The first victim of Hamlet’s power abuse is sweet Ophelia a lover to the young prince. Just like Celine Dion’s 90’s hit Hamlet uses the power of love to help him avenge his father’s death. Hamlet acts crazy in front of Ophelia hoping she will buy into the fact that he has gone mad because she knows that Hamlet has never been like that around her. The fact that Hamlet is using Ophelia is betraying her and abusing the power of love between them. Hamlet also disrespects and misuses his power of love when, “He kills Polonius by thrusting a rapier through the arras” (Shakespeare III.iv.29). Polonius is the father of Ophelia and now he is deceased by the hands of Hamlet. Hamlet does not even give one care that he killed Polonius he did not even consider how Ophelia would feel. Hamlet betrayed her and abused his power of love between Ophelia and him. This event then leads to the madness and death of Ophelia who dies by drowning, but it was a domino effect caused by Hamlet’s abuse of power. While on his way to England Hamlet discovers that his uncle had sent Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with a letter that contains orders for him to be murdered. Hamlet comes back to Denmark but allows Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to continue the journey with a new letter he wrote himself. In the letter Hamlet writes instructions to England to kill Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. He abuses his power in this case because now that he can write a new letter he can choose keep Rosencrantz and Guildenstern alive but decides to murder them. Even though King Claudius is the villain in “Hamlet” , he was a victim of Hamlet’s misuse of power during the play. Hamlet says “the play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King” (Shakespeare II.ii.633-634).Hamlet used

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