Essay On Corruption In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Shakespeare explores the timeless and valid notion of revenge engaging responder to evaluate it’s inherent moral and spiritual consequences. In Act one Shakespeare utilities emotive high modal language and the symbolic appearance of the “ghost” to coerces Hamlet in seeking revenge “If thou dids’t ever their dear father love” symbolic foreshadowing. Allowing responders to question the approval of committing a sin. Shakespeare’s characterisation of Hamlet causes him to be torn between the desire to act and disgust towards humanities baser urges. Hamlet’s metaphysical speculations and problematic is proven in the statement “too too solid flesh would melt” the use of dark imagery gives an insight of Hamlet’s detrimental conflict to act or “hold …show more content…

Shakespeare’s application of soliloquies discussing existential questions and human futility through the rhetorical question “What a piece of work is a man?” emphases Hamlet disillusionment and powerlessness in enacting his task enduring spiritual repercussions. Leading responders to reflect upon the psychological effect of revenge and sympathise with him. In Hamlet’s first soliloquy the dramatic technique of asides and high modal language “Frailty, thy name is women”, proves Hamlet is chaotically searching for answers blaming himself and other around him. Hamlet’s depression is evident through the alliteration “self-slaughter”. negative emotions and lack of affirmation from his decision. As AC Bradley states Hamlet was “in a state of profound melancholy" with his hamartia of procrastination and the disloyalty within the kingdom and himself. Thus Shakespeare’s insightful exploration of the notion of revenge exposes the eternal and moral dilemma all humans suffer remaining timeless and valid both in the Elizabethan era and the 21st

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