Betrayal By William Shakespeare 's Hamlet Essay

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Betrayal has been a tool used to gain power throughout history. It has been used to climb the corporate ladder, gain political power and even win wars. At any point in history someone has been stabbed in the back for someone else’s personal gain and Shakespeare’s time was no exception. In many plays by Shakespeare, the characters are involved in physical battles in order to gain power, however; in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the battles for power are fought through spying, lies and backstabbing. In Hamlet, Shakespeare demonstrates that betrayal leads to a radical development of Hamlet’s personality. Shakespeare also sets out how betrayal generates the theme that unwise decisions are often made when one’s sense of reason is clouded by love.

The betrayal suffered by Hamlet impacts the development of his character as we see him evolve from a respectful son, a loving boyfriend, and a sincere friend to a rude, angry and paranoid young man. The first betrayal of Hamlet takes place at a time before the play begins. Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, married his uncle within a month after his father’s death. This left Hamlet with feelings of bitterness toward his mother, however, he still had respect for her as viewed in Act one, Scene two, where Gertrude asks Hamlet “Let not thy mother lose her prayers, Hamlet:/I pray thee, stay with us; go not to Wittenberg.” to which Hamlet responds “I shall in all my best obey you, madam.”(Shakespeare I ii 118-19). This indicates that while Hamlet…

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