Essay about William Shakespeare 's Hamlet : Moral Corruption

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Everyone has morals and whether they can hold onto them and act appropriately varies from person to person. William Shakespeare’s Hamlet explores this topic. First published in 1603, this play is about a prince whose father has recently died and the chaos that follows. The play focuses on the idea of revenge and the effects that follow. One of the main themes in Hamlet is that moral corruption can cause dysfunction within a family and state. This idea is explored throughout the many conflicts in the play. Shakespeare demonstrates that immorality has negative effects that provoke chaos within a family and state through Hamlet’s conflict with Claudius, his conflict with Laertes, and his conflict with himself. First, Hamlet’s conflict with Claudius -- his uncle, and his new stepfather -- shows the dysfunction in the family that results from immorality. Claudius incestuously marries Hamlet’s mother, and his late brother’s widow, Gertrude right after his brother’s passing, which causes upset within the family. Hamlet is outraged by this quick remarriage and as a result, he has a complicated relationship with Claudius; this can be seen when Hamlet says, “[a] little more than kin and less than kind” (I, ii, 65), which shows his distress. Because Hamlet has conflict with Claudius, he is unable to accept him as his new father. Later, Hamlet learns of disturbing news that prompts him to want to seek revenge on Claudius. Hamlet learns that Claudius is the one responsible for his…

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