Hamlet as a story is essentially about control and using that control to abuse. The characters in the play employed Machiavellian methods such as manipulation and even murder just to be on top of the chain of control…
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And even when love is present, it is suppressed and treated as a stumbling block in one’s quest for control such as the case of Hamlet who denied himself the love of Ophelia. The characters’ obsession of who would be in control was so intense that the old Hamlet, the former King of Denmark was killed by his own brother Claudius just to assume his position as King and to take over his court. Familial relationship or any form of kinship was secondary to the consideration of who would take control and this could be nonchalantly disregarded when it impedes the objective of getting the crown. Old Hamlet was slain by his own blood brother, and to aggravate, his death was covered by lies that he even enjoin the kingdom to mourn with him. And to make things worse, Claudius, old Hamlet’s murderous brother Claudius married his wife Gertrude who was technically Claudius sister-in-law before Claudius murdered his brother Hamlet. This is to gain control of the king’s family in addition to seizing control of the King’s court by being crowned as King (Churnin). Apparently, the contest of who would be in control extends beyond the grave. The old King Hamlet will not be put away just like that even if he was murdered. This act of reappearing even as a ghost is beyond the quest of justice but rather a refusal to relinquish power and control (Lewis 611) by planting hatred in the heart of Prince Hamlet by letting him know that old Hamlet died of crime which is evident in these lines;
Doom'd for a certain term to walk the night,
And for the day confined to fast in fires,
Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature
dent in these lines; Doom'd for a certain term to walk the night, And for the day confined to fast in fires, Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature That instead of asking the young Hamlet to bring Claudius his uncle to justice, the ghost Hamlet instead asked for revenge quoting; Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder Claudius on the other hand put a show of having crocodile tears on the death of his brother Hamlet so that people will not prosecute him as a murderer but will instead become sympathetic to him by his show of grief which he in turn can use to gain control over the court. Claudius elaborate show of grief even enjoins the whole kingdom to mourn as if it was not him who murdered the old Hamlet by saying; Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother's death The memory be green, and that it us befitted To bear our hearts in grief and our whole kingdom To be contracted in one brow of woe, Yet so far hath discretion fought with nature That we with wisest sorrow think on him, Together with remembrance of ourselves. This cunning device to deceive the public was Claudius effort to gain control on the throne (Roe 376). But the old king will not just easily give up control on the throne as he showed himself to the young Hamlet to tell him that he was murdered. More than justice, it was control that the old king was after as he does not want his murderer to assume control of the kingdom. This revelation has a profound effect towards the young Hamlet as he is now preoccupied with hatred to avenge his father that he could no longer think of anything else except revenge. He could have been happy by diverting his attention to other things that could make him happy such as being with the woman he love such as
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In his dazzling career, Shakespeare generated literary compositions of art. What distinguishes Shakespeare to other renowned writers of his era, or subsequently, is his aptitude to systematize a sensible plot, administer themes, and build up characters in his composition.
Part of the reason for why this particular play continues to command such a level of relevance and interest is with regards to the fact that it represents one of the most eloquently written and philosophically challenging plays that was ever before penned. Almost invariably, the focus that is been placed upon “Hamlet” has been concentric upon the way that the play itself can be compared to itself (Lewis 149). What is meant by this is that few comparisons or analyses have ever been conducted with respect to the way in which Hamlet is comparable to another play within its own era, or within a subsequent era.
Theatrical and cinematic productions of plays have been a reality from the period this genre was introduced in the history of English literature and they influence the interpretations of the plays. Significantly, Shakespeare and the other great dramatists of the Elizabethan period wrote their plays primarily for the stage.
Shakespeare's hero became the burning spokesman of those new sights brought by the Renaissance when the advanced minds of mankind aspired to restore not only the lost for millennium of Middle Ages understanding of ancient world art, but also the trust of the person to own forces without hopes on favour and help of heaven.
into scenes of tragedy and comedy, above all – the appeal of its leading characters have made Hamlet the most popular of all Shakespeare’s plays (Grolier Encyclopedia, 1961). William Shakespeare was christened in Stratford in April 26, 1564. The exact date of his birth is