The Theme Of Loyalty In Hamlet And Three Day Road

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Loyalty is the state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations. Is loyalty something that can easily be earned from one person to another? Can the loyalty between two people be lost easily? Can loyalty be lost between two people? Within the books Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden, the theme of loyalty is brought up multiple times, and used to express many different emotions. Some of the major relationships within Hamlet I will be talking about, are two very different relationships that are truly are built around loyalty. The two relationships will be the truly loyal relationship between father and son, Hamlet and his Father (The Ghost). The second relationship I will be comparing is …show more content…
The relationship between Hamlet and The Ghost within Hamlet is very close, and very strong. Shakespeare uses the loyalty between these two characters to prove this fact, though this loyalty was not easily gained. Upon the arrival of The Ghost, Hamlet is initially dumbfounded with the thought of seeing his father after believing he was dead, and not only seeing him but him being in the form of a ghost. Hamlet at first, was very skeptical of the ghost, and does not fully trust him, as shown in this line. “Where wilt thou lead me? Speak, I’ll go no further.” (Hamlet 1.5) At this point in the play, there is no loyalty between the two as they have just encountered one another and have not had any interaction although, this is not the fact throughout the entire text, and Shakespeare uses the gained trust and loyalty between Hamlet and his Father to help develop Hamlet. Throughout the duration of the play, it is evident that the relationship between the two (Hamlet and The Ghost) does grow and becomes very loyal. …show more content…
These two (Hamlet and Claudius) can be looked at as almost ‘enemies’ throughout the duration of the play, but if you analyze the relationship deeply, you can find examples of loyalty, or almost ‘disloyalty’ in this case. Throughout this book, there are many examples of disloyalty between Hamlet and Claudius, whether these are direct examples or slightly in-direct ones. Early on in the play, Hamlet receives information upon how his father’s death was actually a murder committed by Hamlets uncle, as he acquires the information that Claudius had poured poison into King Hamlet’s ear to kill him. This is one of the first times that the ‘disloyalty’ is evident. Another example of the disloyalty between Claudius and Hamlet is very early in the play, where it first tells us that Hamlets Mother is going to get married to Claudius (Hamlets Uncle). This situation is the first time we know about that Claudius betrays the loyalty of Prince Hamlet’s. Although Claudius repeatedly slashed at what loyalty there was between himself and Hamlet, he found himself feeling guilt for this, shown by Shakespeare within this quote. “(aside) Oh, ’tis too

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