The Works of Literature often depict acts of betrayal. Friends and even family may betray one another. Even main characters may likewise be guilty of treachery or may betray themselves.
Hamlet is a exaggerated reflection upon life, a farfetched “mirror of nature” in the book and on screen. Like life and death, betrayal and madness come hand in hand with one another. Unlikely theses concepts are cookie cutter, but wrapped around each other. In Hamlet, theses cases it is difficult to tell which came first. Is madness sparked from betrayal, or does lying and cheating nature come from an existing delusion? Hamlet searches for vengeance in a kingdom filled with lies and deception. The truth that he is looking for is not culminated by vengeance against his father’s murder, but the question we should be asking is the question of murder itself. Hamlet lives in a kingdom filled with blood and corruption, and theories against the crown.
How can Hamlet live with that kind of betrayal, as a young prince. The thing is that he doesn’t. Hamlet as a character is made up of tricks. In the story, Hamlet can be read in many different ways. To some he could be read as a melodramatic, or a young boy trying to find a way to revenge his father’s death. However, it is quite disturbing that he is preoccupied with death.
The drive of this theme of death around Hamlet is draining him. Hamlet speaks to the ghost of his father, then while talking to Gertrude kill Polonius in a fit of anger to he thinks is Claudius, which basically causes the suicide of Ophelia. After all that, Hamlet then has a conversation Jester’s skull with the famous line “To be or not to be” Hamlet asks.
The notion of death in Hamlet is almost tied with a untruth of some sort. The most compelling is the acts of murder and assumptions that Hamlet commits beneath the disguise of insanity. It was never stated that Hamlet was crazy before the play, however it is safe to presume that Hamlet was acting a bit strange. This act of insanity would hurt others.
Hamlet was completely caught off guard when he found out that Claudius killed his father. A nail went into Hamlet’s coffin when he found out that Gertrude married Claudius right after her husband’s death. Hamlet then creates a plan avenge his father, however in the process Hamlet gets wrapped in lies that destroyed many characters in the story. Hamlet’s as a whole is full lies and deception while he is trying to kill his uncle.
This physically drains Hamlet into unease. At this point, he is not that much different than those who committed murder and those who were murdered. Hamlet’s hunt for truth disintegrated the moment the real picture was wrapped around the corruption of his insanity. However, Hamlet still had good in him.
He was hesitant on killing Claudius multiple times. Still his actions argue with his moral values. A scene in the play that gives a good example of this was the scene where Hamlet didn’t want to kill Claudius during his pray. During this, Hamlet stated “this same villain sent to heaven”(3.
3.1), if Claudius was killed during pray. Another instance of this was when Hamlet and Gertrude were in a heated conversation. During this conversation Hamlet calls Gertrude’s marriage a attack on “incestous sheets”. This shows no regard for Gertrude, and at the sametime realizes that his father didn’t want Gertrude involved. This change in Hamlet’s content to hash out on over his mother’s and the death of his father to man of increasing insanity and irritation effects everyone in the play.
It affects everyone so much that the entire kingdom is split into sides, and the result of this civil war is death or catastrophe. For example, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern remained loyal to Claudius, which effectively stabs Hamlet in the back, and the result of this betrayal ends with both Rosencrantz and Guildenstern died. The same thing happens to Polonius dying to Hamlet. Towards the end of the play when Laertes comes in a fit of rage, Gertrude betrays by telling Claudius and laertes that Hamlet killed polonius. This betrayal not only does this kill Hamlet, but this kills Claudius, Gertrude, and Laertes.
It shows the level of corruption in this castle and the people affected by the corruption. What seems to aid this kind of “mentally unstable” that describes Hamlet is the confinement or prison like situation he is in. He cannot leave Elsinore, the only person to successfully leave is Laertes. Staying in a Castle for the all of his life puts a dent in the mental area. It especially effects Hamlet when he wasn’t allowed to leave for college.
Later, in the story Hamlet was forcefully sent to England, however he found out that he is going to get assassinated.