The Tragedy Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essay

1465 Words Jan 22nd, 2015 6 Pages
Over four hundred years ago, William Shakespeare composed his lengthiest play, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. This poignant work narrates the tragic tale of a family torn apart by deceit. It is Prince Hamlet’s quest for revenge that guides readers through his overwhelming struggles to escape the reality of life in Denmark. His father, King Hamlet is dead; meanwhile, his mom has intensified her son’s struggles through her marriage to Cladius, Prince Hamlet’s uncle. Through the play’s five acts, readers become intimately aware of the leadership styles, personal flaws, and individual strengths that exemplify the lives of King Hamlet, Claudius, and Prince Hamlet. To begin, a leader has a responsibility to command others through their own charges. In Hamlet, King Hamlet can quickly be perceived as a successful leader. He guided his land to military conquest of lands formally belonging to Norway. In Act 1, Scene 1, Horatio recounts this event: “Was, as you know, by Fortinbras of Norway, Thereto prick 'd on by a most emulate pride, Dared to the combat; in which our valiant Hamlet--For so this side of our known world esteem 'd him” (Shakespeare). Following the untimely death of King Hamlet by Claudius’ act of poisoning his brother, the Danish residents are left with a fear of impending conquest by the Norwegian prince. Seeming to continue his leadership role, a ghost whom is believed to be the deceased king’s spirit appears to warn the young prince of Norway.…

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