Meme Essay

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The corruption images illuminate the actions of the people in ClaudiusA' court, beginning with ClaudiusA' own actions.
The beginning of the play lets us know that it is winter with FransiscoA's statement that
it is A"bitter coldA" (1.1.6) This may be an allusion to death in itself A- things are
dead in winter. The guards speak of the ghost and we know right away that we have a
supernatural theme, as well as a theme of death. In act 1 scene 2 we get the impression
that King Hamlet has been gone for a while. Gertrude is already re-married and is happily
out of mourning clothes. Gertrude even tells Hamlet, who is in full black mourning
clothes, to cheer up.

Good Hamlet, cast thy nightly colour off,
And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark.
Do not for ever with thy vailed lids
Seek for thy noble father in the dust:
Thou know'st 'tis common; all that lives must die,
Passing through nature to eternity.
Hamlet does not feel that it is time for him to shed his wretchedness just yet. The
impression given is that it has been a long time scince the death of the old king and only
Hamlet still clings to his memories and grief. After everyone leaves, however, we find out
all the sordid details about the new King and HamletA's mother. Hamlet begins the
rottenness imagery right away when he compares the world to A"an unweeded garden that
grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature posses it merely.A" (1.2.135-6) He is
utterly despondent and blames his mother and uncle for not feeling the way he does. He is
the one who points out that the old King, his father, has not been dead long at all A-
only a month in fact. He rails over the fact that his mother could be so fickle, marrying
again so soon. The affront is ground even more sharply into his frail sensibilities when
she marries his fatherA's brother, his uncle. The fact that the two of them could be so
jolly so soon after the death of his father just staggers him. He predicts that such haste
A"cannot come to good. But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue.A" (1.2.158-9)

Hamlet is further thrown into gloom when he is told that his fatherA's ghost has been
spotted. He suspects that the only reason that his father would appear would be to warn
him of a foul deed.

My father's spirit in arms! All is not well;
I doubt some foul play. Would the night were come.
Till then sit still, my soul. Foul deeds will rise,
Though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes.
Marcellus reinforces the idea with his comment that A"Something is rotten in the state of
Denmark.A" (1.4.67) This alludes to a plot or some such, that has been perpetrated against
King Hamlet. Hamlet and the guards realize now that there must be some terrible deed that
has kept the King from rest, something that needs to be revenged. Hamlet finds out just
what happened to his father in the next scene. The KingA's ghost keeps the rotten imagery
going with his remarks about garbage, leprous distilment, and curdy milk.

The death imagery continues in act 3 scene 1 with HamletA's famous soliloquy.
To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?
He debates whether or not it would be easier to just die than to fight against all his
troubles. Is it really worth the grief he is going through, or would it be easier to just
take his life. He sees how his mother and Claudius are conducting themselves and he is
disheartened by OpheliaA's supposed rejection of him. He does not want to live in so
rotten a world. He has come from school where he was taught to think thing out and use
ideas. Everything is thought about in ideals where he comes form and now he has been
thrust into the vipersA' nest with little experience to guide him and his grief to contend

Polonius begins the plotting and deceit against Hamlet when he asks his man Reynaldo to
find out as much as he can about Hamlet. He does this supposedly to cover his own butt, by
not affronting the king and queen with his daughter presumptuousness. He does not want
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