Hamlet

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Hamlet

"Hamlet is the inner person of all mankind" as stated by actor Alan Bates. What did Mr.
Bates mean by this? Could he be referring to the love, the corruption, the revenge, or the
insanity displayed by Hamlet; or was he referring to more than we know. What did
Shakespeare know about the depths of man and the battle inside to write a play that would
captivate every generation to come from then on. What would we learn if we analyzed
Hamlet?Shakespeare decided to set corruption in Elsinor, a royal castle in medieval
Denmark. Prior to the first act Hamlets' mother, Queen Gertrude is widowed to King Hamlet.
When this tragedy starts, we are introduced to Marcellus, Bernardo, and Francisco who
guard the castle at night. While on watch an apparition of King Hamlet appeared to them
and they then knew something was wrong, the question is what should they do. Soon after
Hamlets' best friend, Horatio, learns of the apparition and decides to inform Hamlet. Once
Hamlet learns of his fathers return, he at once insist that he go on watch to witness his
fathers' appearance. The next night Hamlets' father does appear and commands Hamlet to
avenge his death. Is this where corruption could take affect? Perhaps Mr. Bates was
thinking about this scene when he made his statement. Hamlets' father tells him what
corruption has taken place behind the walls of Elsinor. He tells Hamlet of his uncles'
rage and what it has lead him to do. He tells Hamlet of the serpent that stung him. He
tells Hamlet that the serpent goes by the name of Claudius. Hamlets' composure, wit, and
strength would now be tested to their limits. With one wrong slip of the tongue, one wrong
hateful glance, Hamlet would go straight to his death. What could Hamlet do, what will he
do? A clever wit and common sense are his only hope to avenge his fathers' death. Hamlet
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