Lawn Weeds In Hamlet

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Within the first act of Hamlet, many tragic events presented lead to Marcellus’s remark that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark” (I, iv, 90). First off, the throne of the country is incestuous and violates the god-made natural order. Through a metaphor, Hamlet compares the situation of Denmark to “an unweeded garden” (I, ii, 135), with the king and queen being the weeds infecting it. In a garden, lawn weeds are swiftly removed as it is prone to rapidly spread to the nearby grass, and eventually taking over the entire field. Similarly, Hamlet implies that if the king and queen’s incestuous throne isn’t revoked of, all of Denmark will soon decline to madness. Furthermore, the wandering of King Hamlet’s ghost during the night’s witching
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