Poison in Hamlet

Claudius poisons many of the characters in Hamlet both literally and metaphorically: Almost all of the poisoning is Claudius’ fault Literally: Poison is used in Claudius and Laertes’ plot to kill Hamlet Laertes’ sword has poison on it, and Hamlet’s drink is also poisoned in case Laertes can’t kill him “I’ll have prepar’d him A…

Corruption in Hamlet

For the purpose of this assignment, corruption is defined as dishonesty or improper behaviour, as by a person in position of authority. (The American Heritage School Dictionary, Hauton Miffin, Boston, USA, 1977). Corruption in Hamlet doesn’t exactly start out strong. It grows as the play goes along, seeping into the different character’s lives. The first…

Betrayal in Hamlet

Gertrude Gertrude betrays Hamlet and the late King Hamlet by marrying Claudius. Hamlet, being still depressed about his father’s death was further upset and felt betrayed by his mother when she quickly married Claudius. “Mother, you have my father much offended …You are the queen, your husband’s wife …” (3.4.10-15) By marrying her former husband’s…