Hamlet, By William Shakespeare Essay

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The play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, begins and ends with death by poison, but furthermore poison is a powerful tool that Claudius utilizes to murder, figuratively taint minds, and cause political corruption. The play grows out of a serious murder, the poisoning of the king. The former king, King Hamlet, was not only murdered, but murdered by his brother who has now taken over the throne. The man who now sits on the throne begins his reign built on lies and deceptions, ruling as a result of the most unforgiving sin, fratricide. Despite his evil actions, Claudius is able to remain in power by being inventive, charismatic, willful, and manipulative. Claudius not only poisons a king, but he also poisons the minds of the royal family, and eventually the entire political system of Denmark. The events in the play commence as a result of the literal poisoning of King Hamlet by his brother Claudius. King Hamlet’s murder develops Claudius as the snakelike character that Hamlet saw him to be “…remorseless, treacherous, lecherous…” (2.2.608). Claudius’s preferred method of murder was discreet and silent, much like a snake killing its prey with its poisonous fangs (Tiffany 2005). The poison allows Claudius to unnoticeably commit murder and preserve his capable, public figure. After committing the worse possible crime, fratricide, Claudius is still able to rule Denmark and appear as an honorable ruler, because he commits the murder discreetly, with poison, as opposed to a…

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