How Corruption Can Cause The Fall Of A Nation Essay

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The human ears are capable of more than what meets the eye. Throughout Hamlet, Shakespeare practices different motifs to express themes such as corruption, revenge, and madness. Specifically, Hamlet employs the motif of ears to convey the theme of corruption. After the fall of the great King Hamlet, the throne of Denmark falls into a state of corruption through the lies of the new King Claudius. Hamlet the prince attempts to find ways of exposing Claudius’s lies and end the corruption throughout Denmark but ironically, profits from deception. In many ways, Shakespeare illustrates his thoughts through certain recurring objects or ideas. The ear motif in Hamlet supports the theme of how corruption can cause the fall of a nation as it represents the gathering of true information, the deception of Denmark, and Claudius’s corrosive effect on Denmark.
Shakespeare explores the importance of gathering information provided by other people. Polonius advises Laertes to listen very carefully to expose false information. He says, “Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice” (I.iii.72). A common modern day expression that is parallel to this is “be quick to hear, and slow to speak.” Throughout all of time, people rush to conclusions as their first instinct without listening carefully. Deceivers take advantage of this common problem by lying to these “quick to hear” people. One problem ears have is that they can easily be taken advantage of through false information (Robson). As a result,…

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