Corruption In Hamlet Essay

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The Tragedy of Hamlet by William Shakespeare describes the drama of a young Prince, Hamlet, who is seeking revenge for his father’s murder. Claudius, King Hamlet’s greedy brother, takes the throne of Denmark by killing King Hamlet and marrying his widowed queen, Gertrude. The murder of King Hamlet is violent and evil, but it contributes to the greater meaning of the entire play. The ghost of the former King Hamlet has multiple appearances and plays an important role in telling the oblivious Hamlet about his murderous brother. Although, throughout the performance, the Ghost’s trustworthiness is an unknown factor in Hamlet’s strategic plan to cleanse Denmark of its corruption. King Hamlet’s ghost is indeed an honest ghost because he assists Hamlet …show more content…
Firstly, the whole country of Denmark would have never known the murderer is King Claudius, were it not for the ghost of the deceased king telling Hamlet about it. For example, Hamlet’s mom, Queen Gertrude, tells Hamlet, “cast thy nighted color off. . .Thou know 'st 'tis common; all that lives must die.”(1.2.70-75). The former wife of King Hamlet even comes to believe that her husband has probably died a natural death, not knowing that her spouse has in fact been murdered. Another physically corrupt element in the tragedy Hamlet that is cleansed as a result of the honest ghost, is the death of all the immoral and evil people in the kingdom. Claudius recruits Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, some of Hamlet’s old friends, to escort Hamlet to England, providing them with a letter for the King of England with instructions to have Hamlet killed. King Claudius says, “Do it, England”(4,3,67), showing his hopefulness for the death of Hamlet. Instead of Hamlet being killed, he switches the letter’s contents to insure that his two escorts are the ones killed, and he safely returns to Denmark. Hamlet says that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, “. . . be put to sudden death”,(5.2.46), because of their betrayal to him. By facilitating the deaths of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who are helping the evil Claudius, the honest ghost helps rid the kingdom of more …show more content…
Firstly, when the ghost arrives, he turns Hamlet’s mourning and wearing of, “. . . suits of solemn black”(1,2,88), into vengeful thoughts and acts. At first, Hamlet is in a deep state of depression over his father’s sudden death, but now he has a new passion in his life, to avenge his father’s death. Another example of the honest ghost helping rid the emotional destruction is the death of Ophelia. Ophelia is suffering with intense despair after Hamlet accidentally kills her father, Polonius, thinking it was Claudius. She admits, “ I cannot choose but weep, to think they should lay him i ' th ' cold ground”(4,5,47-48). This very young girl doesn’t have a mother to be heard of, her brother moves away, and now her father is murdered by her lover, Hamlet. All of this emotional destruction is resolved when Ophelia commits suicide by drowning herself in a, “muddy death”(4,7,189), as Queen Gertrude describes it. The ghost of King Hamlet helps relieve the kingdom of all emotional destruction, even in the case of someone as innocent as

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