The Consequences Of Chaos In Hamlet And William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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The outcome of events occurring in the future can be directly determined by the events of the past; as explained by H. Kellert. Essentially, this means that everything requires a set of actions to begin and that each action invokes further action. Through William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, it is clearly seen that while an individual may attempt to reorder his world, it ultimately leads to chaos for himself, and the rest of society. This is seen through Hamlet as he attempts to reorder his world by seeking revenge for Claudius, and restoring power in Denmark. Next, Claudius follows his ambitions by primarily killing king Hamlet amongst other characters to receive kingship; however, his power hungry ambitions ultimately lead to his death. Similarly, …show more content…
In the play, Hamlet greatly suffers from his father’s death. With the idea of reordering his world, Hamlet acts with attempts to seek revenge; however, his efforts lead to major chaos. This is primarily seen with the murders of Polonius and Laertes. Hamlet murders the two innocent men in order to achieve revenge, and retribution for Claudius - the murderer of his father. His “rash and bloody” (III, iv, 26-28) actions demonstrate the chaos that arises from Hamlet 's attempts of reordering his world. Next, Hamlet damages Ophelia emotionally when he acts “Mad as the sea and wind when both contend / Which is the mightier” (IV.i.7-8). Ophelia begins to suffer from depression as she loses her father, Polonius, and begins to believe that Hamlet does not love her. Furthermore, as stated in Lidz’s essay, “it is not her father 's murder that has driven her mad but, rather, his murder by Hamlet, the person she loves and upon whose love she has placed her hopes.” She continues by stating that “Now, she {Ophelia} can never marry him, and worse still, she has an obligation to hate him” for killing her original love; her father. Lidz’s concludes by placing “Ophelia 's insanity in apposition to Hamlet”. As Lidz’s states, Hamlets pursuit to change his world leads to chaos to people that he cares about. This state of depression …show more content…
With the purpose of reordering his world, Claudius murders King Hamlet to ascend the throne. Claudius becomes the king of Denmark; however, the actions he takes to achieve this position make him the ‘something’ that is “rotten in the state of Denmark” (I.iv.67). As his actions are discovered by Hamlet, Claudius’s attempts to reorder his world begin to lead to chaos instead of the power, wealth and class that he desired. In order to keep the power of the throne, Claudius becomes responsible for the deaths of all members of his family. Gertrude, his wife that he supposedly loved, is killed by the poison that Claudius poured. Claudius murmurs that “It is the poison’d cup: it is too late” (V.ii.235) as Gertrude drinks from the poison filled cup. His plans involved murdering King Hamlet; however, the murders of Prince Hamlet and Gertrude symbolize the chaos that arose from Claudius’s need to rearrange his world. Finally, as a consequence of his uncontrolled ambition, Claudius personally suffers and creates chaos in the kingdom of Denmark. In the final battle, Claudius is murdered by his own personal treachery, and as the whole royal family falls, Fortinbras, the ruler of Norway takes over his beloved kingdom of Denmark. This incident brings the revenge that Hamlet sought for as Claudius falls victim to his initial attempts to reorder his

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