William Shakespeare 's Hamlet : The Conflict Of The Corrupt English Aristocracy ( Goldstein )

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The history to which William Shakespeare alludes, in his play, Hamlet, is the conflict of the corrupt English aristocracy (Goldstein). Undoubtedly, a governing body that has a great amount of power will participate in fraudulent acts, even royal courts. “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” as a guard states; and the source of the rottenness is King Claudius (1.4.90). Furthermore, the appearance of the late Hamlet’s ghost has little to do with foreign invasion and everything to do with internal affairs (Dunne). The overall corruption of Denmark is a result of a combination of greed, manipulation, and revenge. As Claudius’s evil ways spread throughout the kingdom, the court is forced to face its ultimate fate: death.
Greed is the root of all evil. This saying holds true as Claudius’s avarice and selfishness for the throne is the catalyst for the events and downfall of other characters in the play. Claudius is overcome with jealousy, for his brother Hamlet wears the crown, and Claudius wants that power. He first kills King Hamlet; however, according to succession, Hamlet’s son is destined to be king. To secure his throne, Claudius marries his sister-in-law; “Of those effects for which [he] did the murder, / [His] crown, own ambition, and [his] queen” (3.3.54-55). In no way is he unsuccessful. However, despite his rise to power seeming to have been carefully planned and executed, he nevertheless encounters certain things he does not expect (Bonnet). When he suspects…

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