Power Of Lust In Hamlet

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Cain from the Bible killed his brother out of lust of his land and praise by his parents. The first family on earth was even tempted by the power of lust leading to the death of his brother for his land and riches. The great William Shakespeare wrote the tragic drama The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark that portrayed life in the same storyline as Cain and Abel of lust and jealousy controlling their actions. Instead of it being Cain the brother is named Claudius and the King Hamlet was Abel. Claudius was jealous of the king and his kingdom. He then murders the king, in which the prince, Hamlet the king 's son, vows for revenge. He started investigating and eventually killed his loves father, brother, his own uncle, but while his own mother …show more content…
In the first scene of the tragedy the late King Hamlet’s ghost and eluded some very powerful words to the prince, saying, “Rankly abused. But know, thou noble youth,/ The serpent that did sting thy father’s life/ Now wears his crown” (I.i. 45-47). The late King’s ghost came and visited Hamlet and exclaimed that his brother had killed him and stole his crown. The serpent that did sting him was his brother acting on his lust of the crown. Not long after the king uttered these words he proclaimed vigorously, “But virtue, as it never will be moved,/ Though lewdness court it in a shape of heaven,/ So, though to a radiant angel linked,/ Will itself in a celestial bed/ And prey on garbage”(I.v. 60-64). In the ghost’s explanation he revealed that even the best of men can fall through the power lust. Claudius was once a great man who let his lust take control leading to his own demise killing his brother and family. Hamlet eventually because his demise when he devised a plan that could deceive the king and enact his greed for …show more content…
In the final scene Hamlet overpowers the king poisoning him the same way in which his mother died, “Here, thou incestuos, damned Dane,/ Drink off this potion. is here?/ Forcing him to drink the poison. Follow my mother” (V.ii. 365-368). In his desperation, Hamlet kills his uncle to not only avenge his father but also his mother after she was poisoned by Claudius not only 5 minutes prior. In the end Hamlet was able to succeed in his efforts of enacting his lust for revenge in his father’s name. Therefore, making him a possibility to be the greatest power. Although there in a conflicting argument on the grounds of he was also killed in his efforts losing his life in which Laertes was able to have his revenge. In a desperation of words Hamlet exclaimed to Horatio how he was killed, “O. I die, Horatio!/ The potent poison quite o’ercrows my spirit” (V.ii. 389-390). In Hamlet’s final moments he was at a loss, he had finally got his revenge but at the price of his own life. By the end of play Hamlet had died and if he was the greatest power he would have survived and ruled as king with his mother watching over him. The greatest power portrayed in the tragic drama was lust empowering everyone to fight and kill each

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