The Tragedy Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essay

842 Words Dec 14th, 2015 4 Pages
Andrew Jackson once said, “It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes” when William Shakespeare was writing The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, he applied Jackson’s words to his tragedy. Shakespeare made it clear in his writing that he wanted there to be many themes, but the one theme he wanted to stick out the most was the government will selfishly do things even if it does not benefit the people. Shakespeare does this through characters such as Claudius. He also shows through Claudius covering up Polonius’ murder by Hamlet how the government can be corrupt and not care about their people. Shakespeare wanted the world to see, through Fortinbras, if the government would think of their people first things may work out in their favor after all. Hamlet proves to society that no matter how well the government may seem to be running the country, they are only doing it for purposes that will benefit themselves.
Shakespeare portrays King Claudius as a great ruler to the kingdom, but they do not see what happens behind the closed doors. Claudius becomes King shortly after Hamlet’s father (the original king) dies. What the kingdom does not know is that Claudius killed his own brother only to become the King of Denmark (Shakespeare, trans. 1864, 1.5. 776-7). Shakespeare writes in Claudius to become the new king after Hamlet’s father’s death to prove that people will go to many lengths just to benefit…

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