Love Loss And The Court Of King Claudius Essay

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Love Loss And The Court Of King Claudius

Emily Huskins
English IV (H)
December 9, 1999
Love, Loss, and the Court of King Claudius

Shakespeare worked with the simplest of principals, writing at the mind's own
speed, using everything he read, but reworking it first, and depending upon characters for
the defining trait or flaw. One theme which constantly emerges throughout Hamlet is the
theme of love and loss, revealed by the characters of Hamlet, Laertes, and Ophelia.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is a young man subjected to much heart ache in the
course of this play. His first loss being the suspicious death of Hamlet's beloved and
respected father, Hamlet Sr. Even Hamlet's Uncle/Step-father, King Claudius, noted in
speaking with young Hamlet that his mourning was serious. "'Tis sweet and
commendable in your nature," says Caludius of Hamlet's behavior, ". . .But to persevere
in obstinate condolement is a course of impious stubbornness. ‘Tis unmanly grief. . ."
(Act I, Scene II, lines 90-98). Hamlet was heartbroken at the loss of his father, which was
reflected in his outlook on life. He regarded Denmark as a prison and spoke to
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of having bad dreams. Unfortunately Act I is not the only
time where young Hamlet expresses pain from love and loss. Although he is cruel and
unkind to Ophelia in their meetings of both Act III, Scenes I and II, he is only expressing
the frustration that has built up inside of him toward all women, and directed it at
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