Rot And Decay In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Name: Jessica
Instructor: Miss. Sully

The analyze of rot and decay in Hamlet

William Shakespeare 's Hamlet has been considered the greatest tragedy in literature and drama. With a focus on the third of five acts in Hamlet, Shakespeare develops the theme of both physical and psychological decay and corruption through the actions, dialogues, and figurative language of the characters.As we read about Hamlet, the background and atmosphere which the author William Shakespeare wanted to express was rot and decay of the whole country. “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”(Shakespeare 1.1 - 4) . This was spoken by Marcellous shortly after Hamlet leaves to follow a ghost. Marcellous and Horatio both feel that Hamlet should not be left
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This might be the pate of a politician, which this ass now o 'er-reaches one that would circumvent God, might it not?(Act5.1 77—82. The Skull has important meaning in Hamlet. We can combine the famous monologues—-“ To be or not to be” .The speech in Hamlet is mainly about the death. Hamlet is quite struggling about to live or to die. At the beginning of the play, he is grieved at his father’s death and his mother’s hasty marriage with his uncle. He decided not to die at last. It is very easy to see that Hamlet was crazy at that time. He talked about he wanted to relieve after death but there was still nightmare after death.After he finished his speech, he decided to live since he needs to finish his revenge. The whole speech we could feel death and painful and he is lacking of h. Compare to live and death, live is much more better than death for Hamlet. Shakespeare expressed his idea through Hamlet about the ultimate decision of his life. it 's such a literal image of what the whole play is about. Hamlet 's basic problem is whether he should live or kill himself. The skull is an image of what happens to our body after death, so if you don 't believe in an afterlife it 's a really good reason to give up. Hamlet does not care about his life anymore, the expression of rot and decay is deeply represent from the famous speech.

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