Corruption In Hamlet Essay

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In his play, Hamlet, Shakespeare uses themes of deception, greed, and revenge to showcase these recurring themes of human nature during the sixteenth century. Meanwhile, in present day the extent of these themes are still seen in a variety of ways. Hamlet is very relevant in today’s world. A key example would entail the parallels between current President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, and master manipulator, King Claudius.

In modern society, deception is most prominently the root of political corruption. That could be in comparison to Hamlet with King Claudius. Claudius lies to his people and murdered his biological brother, King Hamlet. He displays little remorse as he declares, “My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen” (165). Likewise, President Trump also received power through mysterious circumstances. It is fully apparent the presidential election had interference from Russia. Regardless of evidence for collusion, Trump like Claudius is ruling through unwarranted means and is deceiving the nation. Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen allies of Trump indicted due to the long-standing investigation into the election. This week the Associated Press confirmed a new indictment, former senior adviser, Rick Gates. The story alleges, “He admitted to charges accusing him of conspiring against the U.S. government… as well as lying to federal authorities in a recent interview” (AP). The dominoes are falling just like they did when Hamlet started to put the

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