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“Hamlet” And The Causal Relationship Between Conflict

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Throughout his years as an author, William Shakespeare wrote approximately thirty-seven plays. “Hamlet”, a play written by Shakespeare, follows a young prince of Denmark named Hamlet and his quest to redress his father’s death that occurred by the Hand of his Uncle and now step father and King Claudius. While dealing with this inward conflict of his own, he must deal with the imminent attack by the bordering Norway. William Shakespeare wrote his play “Hamlet” to assert that inner conflict portrays a causal relationship with outward conflict.
First, this linear relationship appears with the appearance of the Ghost. In Act one Scene five of “Hamlet”, The Ghost of King Hamlet appears. The inner purpose of the Ghost is that he asks Hamlet to “revenge his foul and most unnatural murder”(1.5.31). The Ghost of King Hamlet serves an important role to the progression of the play because he places the heavy burden in Hamlet’s head to avenge his father’s death, which exists throughout the play. Additionally, Horatio explains to Hamlet that” [The Ghost] beckons you to go away with [him]/… did desire to [talk to] you alone”(1.4.63-65). Evidently, The Ghost wants Hamlet’s complete attention as well as only his attention, no others. While the two collaborate alone, the Ghost of King Hamlet creates more doubt in Hamlet’s head about how his father died. By the Ghost of King Hamlet creating a hazy view of King Hamlet’s death, Hamlet further believes he must go on with avenging his father’s death by killing Claudius. This inward conflict not only ends up affecting Hamlet and Claudius but ultimately the country of Denmark as well.
Furthermore, while Hamlet attempts to avenge his father’s death internally, he must deal with the forthcoming external conflict with nearby Norway. The appearance of the Ghost of King Hamlet, who appeared “Armed at point exactly, cap-à-pie” (1.2.210) or in full body armor to Marcellus and Horatio, foreshadows a conflict that will pit Norway and Denmark against each other. Horatio further states that the appearance of the Ghost of King Hamlet in full body armor “bodes some strange eruption to [Denmark]” (1.1.80). With this said, Horatio believes that the Ghost of King Hamlet appearing in full body armor points is a harbinger for thing to come for the state of Denmark and its future. The inner conflict of Hamlet, in his quest to redress his father’s death, provokes this the outward conflict between Norway and Denmark. While Hamlet and Claudius collide to rid Denmark of one another, Denmark conveys an image of weakness and disarray. Fortinbras of Norway comprehend this chaos and see this as a time to invade Denmark, which ultimately shows how Hamlet’s own conflict provokes a conflict with nearby Norway. These two conflicts, both inward and outward, backdrop the entire play as forthcoming events.
Similarly, Hamlet undergoes another inner and outward conflict cause and effect relationship with Fortinbras. Hamlet’s inward conflict of...

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