Discussing conflict in Hamlet.
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Hamlet Throughout Hamlet, there are a number of conflicts that take place that could still take place today. Although Hamlet takes place in the 1400's doesn't change anything, they happened back then, they could happen now. Three main conflicts from Hamlet include relationships, betrayal and selfishness. These three issues not only play an important role in Hamlet, but the story in one way or another revolves around these three issues. When it comes to friends or enemies, selfishness and betrayal tie into these people's lives in the play Hamlet. Relationships are very important today and were very important in the past. Although each relationship is different, some are good and some are bad. But good relationships can last a long time and sometimes forever but bad relationships can end, very quickly. In some cases, relationships determine the direction life will take and they can change everything. Although love and relationships can sometimes be wonderful and happy, they can sometimes lead to things such as madness, suicide and depression. As is the case in Hamlet.
Because Hamlet suspects that someone is listening to his conversation with Ophelia, he acts like a mad man and says cruel things to Ophelia. "Virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it. I loved you not."(III, i, 118-120) All the promises he had made to her before that day are now broken; he has betrayed her trust. Hamlet and Claudius betrayed someone that they where supposed to love. Because of this betrayal, the relationships they had ended in a sad tragedy. From Hamlet days to nowadays, betrayal is a big part of life and it goes on all around us. Betrayal is constantly breaking up relationships, between friends and lovers. Whether it is cheating, lying or even talking behind their back, these things will never change. It happened in the 1400's and hasn't changed a bit since then. Betrayal is like a sin and is a big part of human civilization, although betrayal hurts people in many ways, we continue to betray the people that we are closest to. If it's been happening for this long, who's to stay betrayal is ever going to come to an end.
Selfishness hasn't changed a bit. There are many people like Hamlet and Claudius among us, who put themselves in front of everybody else in the world, thinking that they are the top priority. When it comes to good friends or even relationships, some people will always be selfish and put themselves on top. If their not getting what they need out of the relationship, then they will turn and go somewhere else to fit their needs. Although they might ask too much of someone like in Hamlets case. They won't realize what they have lost until it's too late and they've got nothing. Although relationships, betrayal and selfishness aren't the only themes in Hamlet, they play important roles. These are three big issues that surround Hamlet and the rest of human civilization. As the saying goes, some things never change. Just because it happened in the 1400's, doesn't mean that they can't still happen and human civilization have proven that theory by being as corrupt as they are and not taking people's feelings into consideration. As long as humans dominate the world, these corrupt qualities will still go on and as much as we hate to admit it, many of us are guilty of these negative traits.
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