Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet ' Essay

1257 Words Dec 15th, 2015 6 Pages
Evil: To Be or Not to Be?
“I think all villains have something in common: they have something that they need or want very, very badly. The stakes are very high and they are not bound by moral codes or being ethical, so they can do anything and will do anything to get what they want.’’ (Murphy, Donna). Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a melting pot of violent characters surrounded by tragic, turmoil-filled pasts. Among all the grief and tears, a character of selfish means - propelled by his psychopathic tendencies - tries to pave his path to glory and wealth through marriage and murder. Claudius’ gluttonous nature results in his portrayal as the villain of Hamlet because of his double murder of regicide and fratricide, his marriage to his former sister-in-law, and lastly, his conspiracy to commit nepoticide.
Murder is an act that is embedded in Hamlet, the play’s central theme revolves around killing a murderer and the morality of committing such an act. Claudius is the epitome of the wolf in sheep’s clothing, he not only murdered his elder brother, but he killed him while he was sleeping peacefully in the courtyard of Elsinore, “Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole / With juice of cursed hebenon in a vial, and in the porches of mine ears did pour/ The lecherous distilment whose effect […] Most lazar-like, with vile and loathsome crust / All my smooth body.”(Shakespeare, 1.5. 63-74 ). It was such a cruel and vindictive act that propelled him towards the position that he sought to have…

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