Hamlet and Evil
A discussion of the theme of evil throughout William Shakespeare’s `Hamlet`.
This paper reviews the plot of the play `Hamlet` by William Shakespeare with an emphasis on the thread of evil throughout the play. It analyzes the actions of the characters and their relationships with one another. Examples of evil given include the actions of Claudius, Gertrude’s incestuous marriage to the new king and Laertes’ unusual vendetta against Hamlet.
Throughout the play, evil is shown through the actions of Claudius, the newly appointed king. The old King Hamlet was one of the greatest king’s of Denmark, but Claudius is a corrupt politician whose main weapon is his ability to manipulate others through his skillful use of words (Phillips 10). When the old king, resting peacefully in his orchard, suddenly dies of an unknown cause, suspicions start to rise. Hamlet is approached by Horatio, and told of a ghost resembling his father. Subsequently, Hamlet goes out to find the ghost, and meets him near the castle gates. Hamlet and the ghost of his father begin to converse, and the truth of King Hamlet’s death is revealed.