Morality In Hamlet

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In the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the main character is Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark. The play starts just after Hamlet’s father dies. King Hamlet’s ghost appears and tells Hamlet that he was murdered by Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius, the new King of Denmark. This few minute encounter creates many decisions that influence many of the characters in the play. Hamlet’s mind is violently pulled in divergent directions. He’s faced with many different decisions and has chronic indecision, which might be diagnosed as a cognitive symptom of depression by authorities such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. He struggles with whether killing Claudius is morally right or not, but he also feels an obligation to avenge his…show more content…
Other morals are that greed is a deadly sin, and immorality breeds corruption and destruction. It brings up the weight of one’s morality, the meaning of life, it’s complexities, and gives various advice that can be applied to everyday life. The play addresses how immorality breeds more corruption and destruction. Hamlet, Laertes, Ophelia, King Hamlet, and Polonius’, deaths all show how their immoralities lead to their deaths. Gertrude's actions and death, Claudius's lack of honesty, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s betrayal, then death, also illustrate how detrimental immorality can be. Horatio is the only character who doesn't engage in any immoral actions. He doesn't betray Hamlet, he doesn't attack any of the other characters and at the end of the story he is also the only character that remains alive. Many lives are lost in the pursuit of committing the “moral” act. For example, Laertes' trap backfires on him, causing his own death. Claudius manipulates him into avenging his father's death, but also to erase the threat that Hamlet represents to Claudius. Claudius starts a domino effect of immoral actions. If he hadn’t killed King Hamlet, no one else in the play would have committed immoral actions. Claudius committed this act out of greed, which is one of the seven deadly sins. “That cannot be, since I am still possessed / Of those effects…show more content…
He also says that the first day is the hardest but it gets easier over time. This idea of “assuming a virtue if you do not already have it,” can be explained by more modern psychologist, William James, who said: “If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.” The other advice is from Polonius. Even though Polonius is portrayed as old and bumbling, Hamlet calls him a “tedious old fool,” he gives wise advice to his son Laertes in Act 1, Scene 3. “Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice; [...] Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend. [...] This above all: to thine own self be true.” He tells Laertes to listen more, not to lend or borrow, and to be true to

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