• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In Act two, everyone notices a change in Hamlet because he has began his game of pretending to be insane. As his game continues, will Hamlet begin to self destruct even more?

Extracts from this document...


In Shakespeare's Hamlet, the power of evil suggests that a small amount of evil can corrupt something that was good. For instance, I believe that with King Hamlet's murder, Hamlet will self destruct because it is just too much for him to handle. As Hamlet finds out that King Claudius (his uncle) has murdered his father, he grows outraged and now will try to find a way to avenge his father's death. In Act two, everyone notices a change in Hamlet because he has began his game of pretending to be insane. As his game continues, will Hamlet begin to self destruct even more? Hamlet is the center of all evil because as he decays, so will Denmark. If Hamlet keeps things inside, like he did with his disgust for his uncle and his mother's marriage, he will destruct and take Denmark with him. As Hamlet hides his feelings, he will soon decay less and less until he is weak. Through Shakespeare, the power of evil suggests corruption and that with one person, something good can soon corrupt and go bad. It is like the saying 'one bad banana spoils the whole bunch' because Hamlet is the banana that will ultimately 'go bad' and corrupt Denmark. Ophelia plays a very significant role in "Hamlet" because she presents a theme of love and innocence. Ophelia's love towards Hamlet is not the only love relationship in the play, but it is shown clearly in comparison to the others. As a character, she is a very obedient young girl who is ready to suppress deeply her feelings in order to obey her father's wishes. Her love and gentleness compares with Hamlet's torment and violence. There is no real evidence in the play that Ophelia and Hamlet did have a relationship, but the intensity of her feelings for Hamlet suggests that something more than a flirtation has gone on between them. ...read more.


Shakespeare was obviously out to write one of his many famous tragedies and a tragedy meant the death of the main characters. That nothing or no one would live to see a happy ending. Hamlet had to die for the greater good of the play. Moreover Hamlet's death in some ways seemed to absolve him of all his wrongs. By Hamlet dying in the end readers seem to forget all of his sins and allow him to finish out the hero of the story. Hamlet dies as a martyr for the greater good of the world and is raised up in death by the word of Fortinbras. His death leads the reader to feel as if every action was justified and came to a proper end. Hamlet is now aware that there is something amiss after confronting his father's ghost. "Something is rotten in the state of Demark." He has now knows of the fact that his father did not just die of natural causes and is determined to find out what exactly happened. The only problem with this is that Hamlet's determination drives him to put aside anyone else's needs or feelings and thereby using them and hurting them to get what he wants. He sees everyone, in the beginning at least, as a tool to help aid his plot. Ophelia is no exception. From the very beginning he sees her as little more than a useful way to bring about the truth behind his father's death. Hamlet is aware of the friendship, or at least the appearance of friendship, between Polonius and his uncle. He knows that Polonius holds a kind of loyalty to both his Uncle the king and his mother the queen. He is also aware of Ophelia's affection for him and even though I believe he returned her feelings, his drive to avenge his father's death leads him to use her and ultimately lead to her own insanity. ...read more.


Polonius' dishonest ways end up leading to the end of his life, causing his loyal son to turn mad along with his sister, making his number one goal to seek revenge for his dead father. Neither Polonius nor Gertrude realizes that everything that they are doing is affecting their children in the worst of ways. If it hadn't been for Gertrude's marriage to Claudius, would Hamlet have gone crazy? And, if it weren't for Polonius' dishonest ways, would Ophelia still be alive? And if Polonius' wasn't sneaking around in Gertrude's room, causing a hysterical Hamlet to strike out unknowingly, would the final battle between Hamlet and Laerates ever had occurred? All of these questions will remain unanswered because the parents in this play never took the time to consider that their irresponsible actions would be the end to any love and life that had once been found in their children. Polonius, though he may appear calculating and "a rash, intruding fool" is merely a well intentioned character who by his loquacious nature manages to get himself into trouble. Polonius is a curious character; in fact, it is his willingness to spy which eventually proves to be his downfall. Yet even in this he is well intentioned. He is not an evil man, merely one tainted by the corruption around him. Sexual References: In Act 2, Scene 2, Hamlet says that Polonius is a fishmonger. The term fishmonger, other than a seller of fish, also refers to a pimp. Hamlet is saying that Polonius is pimping Ophelia to Hamlet (Polonius is using Ophelia throughout the play to get information). In the same scene, Hamlet says "...if the sun breed maggots in a dead dog...have you a daughter? Let her not walk in the sun. Conception is a blessing, but as your daughter may conceive..." In Elizabethan times, it was thought that if something dead was left in the sun, the sun would spontaneously create maggots. Hamlet is saying not to let Ophelia in (with) the sun (Hamlet), because he will impregnate her with children (maggots). ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Hamlet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Hamlet essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How does Shakespeare present ideas of disorder, corruption and decay in Act 1 of ...

    4 star(s)

    This is him talking about how the world has been overgrown with weeds, and negativity.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Polonius has sometimes been presented as an essentially comic character and sometimes as a ...

    4 star(s)

    that occurs between the two of them, such as in Act 3 Sc.1 'Her father and myself, lawful espials, Will so bestow ourselves...' [ lines 32+33] and to some may show a more sinister shade to his persona. In Branagh's full-length version, Polonius is shown to be slyer, with the including of his (spying)

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Explore how Shakespeare examines the theme of revenge in Hamlet.

    3 star(s)

    The moral expectations of revenge were completely against the church and all religious aspects but were still strongly enjoyed by the Elizabethan audience. Nowadays other themes of Hamlet would not be seen as acceptable such as incest is seen as disgusting and unlawful whilst the Elizabethan era would accept it.

  2. Critical review of 'Hamlet'

    Although this scene seems to be further procrastinating, I think it shows the actions of a very sane man who is aware of his flaws and is dealing with them in the only way that he knows how, through no fault of his own.

  1. The Dramatic Function of Ophelia in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.

    As discussed, throughout the play she represents innocence, emphasised by imagery and language. Her drowning depicts the death of innocence itself, thus indicates Hamlet's failure and impending disaster for the court. It has been suggested that Shakespeare's plays "reflect and voice a masculine anxiety about the uses of patriarchal power over women, specifically about man's control over woman's sexuality.

  2. To what extent is 'Hamlet' a revenge tragedy? In what ways does it help ...

    Claudius' words flow smoothly, but when listened to closely, it seems as if he has no respect for Gertrude. He refers to her as the "jointress" and "our queen" which makes it seem as though he considers Gertrude to be his property.

  1. What is the significance of the ghost in Hamlet? How would an Elizabethan audience ...

    The differences between the Elizabethan and Modern audience is that the King was seen as the right hand of God. Therefore he is the highest rank amongst the mortals, that he is literally the King on earth. And if the King is to commit a sin or someone commits a

  2. "In the play Hamlet, Ophelia and Gerturde are both victims" How far do you ...

    get through to him are hapless as well as the subject of monitoring by the other royal courtiers. Gertrude's efforts to amend circumstances after King Hamlet's death lead only to her son turning against her, Hamlet feigning his madness now feels he has the capability to have control over his mother much like the other male figures in the play.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work