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Hamlet Noble Prince In A Corrupt World

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Hamlet - Noble Prince in a Corrupt World

     Ever since I was acquainted with tragic plays, I fell in love with the ideas, concepts, and even moral beliefs of these tragic style writers.  Having never truly understood or read any of William Shakespeare's work, it was hard to see where he was coming from.  After reading and analyzing Hamlet, my first instincts depicted Shakespeare as a dramatist who was bent on creating an overly tragic, unfathomable drama.  That is why this essay is based around defending the opinion that "Hamlet is a noble prince who suffers from a corrupt world that is not suitable to his sensitive moral nature."  By doing this, the original implications will hopefully be disproved.  Maybe in the end, it will bee seen where Shakespeare is coming from in this enigmatic play.

 

We begin with Horatio, the scholar who is invited by two guards standing watch in Elsinore Castle.  These sentinels have spotted a spirit wandering the grounds for the past two nights at midnight, and they hope to answer their questions through Horatio.  When the ghost first appears to the three men, Horatio urges to have Prince Hamlet notified at once the presence of his dead father's ghost, at one time King Hamlet.  Why would King Hamlet's spirit be wandering the grounds of Elsinore?  This opening of the play is crucial because it brings up many questions that one hopes to answer later.  Due to the uncertainty of them being evil or heavenly, the people of the time were afraid of ghosts, including the two guards and Horatio who were horrified when they first encounter King Hamlet's spirit.

 

Hamlet is quoted "I wish that my living flesh would melt into nothingness."  He is without a doubt talking about suicide.  In fact, the one thing that holds Hamlet back from killing he is that it is a mortal sin to commit such an unchristian act.  Otherwise he would without hesitation readily escape from what he sees as "uselessness of the world through self-slaughter."  He argues with himself towards the middle of the play whether it would be better to live with misery or die with uncertainty.  When he says uncertainty, he is referring to what happens after death as well as the uncertainty of Claudius punishment for the wrongful act of murdering King Hamlet.  This is why the spirit wanders at night.  After Claudius is crowned, he capitalizes on Hamlet's death.  Without haste, he marries the Kings wife, Claudius' one time sister-in-law Gertrude.  Now, Claudius has King Hamlet's crown as well as his Queen.

 

This puts the Prince into a manic-depressive state.  Everything, which Hamlet built his life around, has gone corrupt.  His mother Gertrude betrays her King Hamlet as well as her son by marrying without time to mourn, leaving Prince Hamlet to feel that she was not in love nor cared about her husband.  Hamlet's father is dead, and the one thing left, Polonius' daughter Ophelia, which he has a...

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