William Shakespeare 's Hamlet - Power And Status Essay

1069 Words Nov 27th, 2015 5 Pages
Power is defined as “the possession of control or command over others; authority; ascendancy”(Dictionary.com) which is related to status, which is “the position of an individual in relation to another or others, especially in regard to social or professional standing”(Dictionary.com). Both power and status play an important role in Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet. In order for the characters in Hamlet to preserve their status, they must maintain power over the citizens of Denmark. The royal family and their nobility will do anything to keep the image that they are all knowing, “god” like beings, even if it means using negative methods such as manipulation, intimidation or deceit. Not only do they feel the need to control their citizens, but the relationships between the royalty and the nobility suffer due to the fact that they feel they are in continuous competition between one another to be considered the best. Many characters in Hamlet such as Claudius, Polonius and Hamlet have an addiction to the maintenance of power between one another and this competitive nature leads to the characters eventual deaths. Originally, the king of Denmark was King Hamlet, who is the father of the protagonist Hamlet. Denmark believed King Hamlet died when a poisonous snake bit him while he was sleeping in the Orchard near their castle. Hamlet is visited by his father’s dead ghost, who informs him that his death was not accidental, but a murder. The ghost said, “But know, thou noble…

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