Political Corruption And Transformation Of Shakespeare 's Hamlet, Macbeth, And King Lear

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Political corruption is seen in various tragedies by William Shakespeare. However, what are the effects of politics of the state on the individual and identity of character? As Marcellus says to Horatio “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” (1.4.), it becomes clear that on some level the Political corruption and transformation of morality in Hamlet’s Denmark is noticed. As a political body is poorly managed there are consequences. One should see it as a ripple effect. The choices of State have an effect on the individual level. Political corruption effects characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear. Within each work political mismanagement results in the transformation of characters. For some, they fight it, and for others they create it. As each character’s identity is related to their nation, political corruption and turmoil force a form of transformation to occur, such as the adoption or adaptation of madness.
Shakespeare commonly depicts his tragic heroes from a noble class. This distinction is important, as these characters are directly related to the nation in which they are from. Hamlet, Lear, and Macbeth are all of a noble class. Hamlet is a prince, and his father was king before he was murdered. Lear is a King but retires from ruling and passing the reign on to his daughters. Macbeth is a thane of Scotland, a form of nobility, and later becomes King. Being of noble birth is part of the identity of these tragic heroes. It is through this…

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