Contagion In Hamlet

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The play of Hamlet by William Shakespeare is about a young man from Denmark who struggles with the death of the father. The character of Hamlet seeks revenge for his loss which leads to many tragedies and deaths. Shakespeare believes that humans must balance their thoughts and actions to lead successful lives. Shakespeare develops this idea through his development of characters and imagery.
Shakespeare uses words from nature like rot and contagion as proof that human actions have value and are not pointless. At one point in the play, the character of Hamlet says “ ‘Tis an unweeded garden/ That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature/ possess it merely” (p11). Beauty and potential is spoiled by laziness and this beauty deserves it time
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His reference to contagion and the spoiling of youth and beauty is also relevant to ugliness .The point of these lines is to show how the ugliness and terrible things often go to the most beautiful beings in life. Laertes is saying that if Ophelia lets her guard down to Hamlet she will suffer great pain. This shows, again, how Shakespeare 's ideas of hard work can fix human flaws and troubles. If Ophelia works hard at staying pure and innocent, the uglinesses of life won’t overtake her. However, if she becomes lazy and thinks her actions don’t matter, the ugliness will win. Shakespeare believes that human actions aren’t pointless and that hard work takes away the ugliness in the world.
Humans often tend to live too much in their heads and their thoughts lead to their destruction. Shakespeare shows this idea through his characterization especially so in Ophelia. After her fathers death, Ophelia lives too much with her thoughts to the point of insanity. The excerpt “ There’s fennel for you, and
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People know Fortinbras as a man of action and how he is able to move forward without much thought. This knowledge of Fortinbras’ action is showed when Horatio speaks to Bernardo. “Now, sir, young Fortinbras,/ Of unimproved metal hot and full,/ Hath in the skirts of Norway here and there/ Stark’d up.” (p4) this excerpt shows how bold Fortinbras is by trying to avenge his father and trying to take over Denmark. Once he makes a decision he doesn 't linger on it, but carries it out. Fortinbras is smart and sharp but does not rely on his thoughts as much as Hamlet. Hamlet on the other hand is very in his head and very deep with his thoughts. He often questions the purpose of life and why humans are here. This deep thought is shown in the excerpt: “ To be, or not to be, that is the question:/ Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer/ The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,/ Or to take arms against a sea of troubles” (p53). Hamlet is questioning what life is worth and if it is even valuable to be on this earth. Hamlet is smart and very intellectual with his thoughts. This contrast of Fortinbras and Hamlet proves how shakespeare wanted to show the worth of both thoughts and

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