"The main action of Hamlet is the attempt to search out and destroy the hidden imposthume which is poisoning the body politic of Denmark." Consider this view.

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Introduction

"The main action of Hamlet is the attempt to search out and destroy the hidden imposthume which is poisoning the body politic of Denmark." Consider this view. In my essay I would like to focus on the actions of the characters of Hamlet and Claudius specifically. I will look at the efforts Hamlet made, both mentally and physically, to search for the truth about Claudius' offences against the state of Denmark, and his father, and his struggles to find a solution to the horrific results of these offences, in order to restore order and to destroy the corruption that is poisoning the body politic of Denmark. Also, I would like to take a look at how the actions of Claudius and the reactions of Hamlet left the state of Denmark at the conclusion of the play. Moral corruption is quite obviously bubbling under the surface in Hamlet. From the outset, there are references to adultery, murder, incest and usurpation, when the King informs Hamlet about what has been taking place at the head of their state. The fact that Hamlet's family also happens to be the Royal family means that it is not just those immediately involved in the situation who have been wronged. The ghost explains, that the actions of the new King have been an offence against the state of Denmark as a whole.

Middle

in being somewhat of a Christian humanist philosopher, Hamlet has learned to rely on reason and conscience, which helps him to curb sinful acts. Or perhaps Hamlet is bound up morally, and has difficulty in the confusion to distinguish between good and evil, and is worried by his desire and passion for revenge. Also we could accept the idea that Hamlet is unsure of the ghost, and doubts somewhat if it really is the ghost of his father, and not some kind of devil, and whether it is trustworthy enough to be believed. However, I believe it is the trauma that Hamlet suffered through dealing with the incestuous marriage of his mother so soon after his father's death that has set him aback somewhat, and he needs to delay his actions for a while in order to build himself back up, but he is sure that he must kill Claudius and is consistent in his wish to do so. He continues to support the burden his father has placed on him, but he is as of yet unable to discharge it. Hamlet knows that it will take every bit of his strength to avenge his father's death. He must take his revenge one step at a time and tread very carefully, because if Claudius got the impression that Hamlet was out to get him there is no doubt that Hamlet would meet a premature death by way of Claudius' hand.

Conclusion

[Twentieth Century Interpretations of Hamlet, David Bevington.] The corruption in the play grows and grows from the beginning of the play to the bloody end, and throughout we can trace the progression of a corruption, which eventually leads to the death, through 'disease' in the characters of Polonius, Claudius and Hamlet. Their deaths (physical corruption), is a precursor, signifying to the audience the ultimate fate of all those characters exhibiting signs of corruption. We can see from the conclusion of the play, the damage that the lies, and the cheating has done to the leadership of the state of Denmark, not to mention the effect that the incest, adultery, usurpation, and murder has done to the family themselves. In the end, however the corruption has festered and grown to the extent that it has destroyed itself, and it no longer exists. The result was a massacre, which purged a corrupt state. Denmark was left with a brand new King, Horatio, whom, it could be said, is worthy of the title as he has been loyal throughout and is one of very few who was not corrupt from the outset. "Hamlet dies as King Hamlet dies, Polonius dies, Ophelia dies, Gertrude dies, Laertes dies and Claudius dies. They all become dishes for worms, beggars and kings in their privileged society". [Hamlet and Ideology, Heejung Cha.

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