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Hamlet         Even In The First Act Of Hamlet One Can

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Hamlet Even in the first act of Hamlet one can see that the relationships of the characters will play a major role in the outcome of this famous Shakespearean play. The development of these associations is played out as early as scene IV and will be evident throughout the story until the final tragic moments. One of the most compelling relationships described in the story is that which occurs between King Hamlet (the ghost) and his son, Hamlet. From the moment of his arrival in Denmark after his father's death, one can see that Hamlet is distraught over the events of the past two months. He senses corruption in what has taken place and this feeling is soon confirmed when the spirit of his "Loyal Dane" confronts him. In Act I, Scene V, line 12, the Ghost demands Hamlet, "So art thou revenge, when thou shalt hear." The former King is requesting of Hamlet that his killer, Claudius, now the King, get his due; and Hamlet more than willingly agrees. He is obedient to his father and they retain a relationship of mutual respect and trust even after this "foul and most unnatural murder." Hamlet's quest is to avenge his father's wrongful death and will not be deterred until such is completed. Contrary to the relationship to Hamlet and the ghost, that between Polonius, the chief counselor to the throne, and his son Laertes is certainly not one of mutual trust but a superficial alliance. Although it is obvious that Polonius loves him son dearly and only wants the best...

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