The Themes in "Hamlet" Analytical Essay by Patricia

The Themes in "Hamlet"
An essay explaining how the plots and subplots that permeate Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet", reveal its main themes.
# 64454 | 1,041 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Mar 15, 2006 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Hamlet) , Drama and Theater (General)

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This paper analyzes the plots and subplots within William Shakespeare's famous tragedy, "Hamlet", and explains that they focus on thoughts and moral questioning. The paper also explains that the themes that emerge from the plots are themes of revenge, justice, appearance verses reality, sin, retribution, sanity, madness and the relationship between a father and a son.

From the Paper:

"Hamlet's father's claim (the ghost's claim) to having been murdered by Claudius sets the stage for Hamlet's quest for revenge. Hamlet, however, is more interested in thought and moral questioning than in murder. Hamlet is devastated by his father's death, and feels betrayed by his mother's marriage to his father's brother. His father exhorts him to seek revenge by murdering Claudius and further warns him that he will be doomed to torture in hell if he does not carry out the deed, "Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder." This notion that sin must be punished is retributive justice. This scenario is based on the Elizabethan view on death and apparitions. Such belief was that ghosts were used to seek resolution in unfinished business."

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