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…

What is Existentialism?

Existentialists believe that man’s own individual experience or “existing” comes before anything such as a general purpose, goodness or “truth,” or any other Absolute that may be felt to exist.  Man creates himself through his own thoughts and actions, since the only reality for an individual is that of his own personal existence and nothing…

Romantic Elements

1. Infinitely striving for the unattainable. Trying to achieve something that will never be real. Enjoying the act of always wanting what you can’t have. 2.  Powerful love. Heart stirring, often sudden, emotions create a life or death commitment. 3. Uncertainty of reciprocation of love. What is the beloved thinking? Is the lover’s love returned…