The King is to Blame: Hamlet’s Royal Mess

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
Why the mess that Hamlet has cleaned up was made by Claudius and is a necessary if lamentable one.

“T.S. Eliot’s argument that Hamlet `dies fairly well pleased with himself` is quite a bit of an overstatement. Hamlet does not die pleased with himself, rather, he dies having made peace with himself. Additionally, the mess that has been made is not exactly Hamlet’s. If anything, he has cleaned up the mess made by Claudius. The mess made at the end of the play is a necessary if lamentable one. It is easier to clean up the corpses, though, than it is to cleanse a monarchy of total corruption, which Hamlet has done.”

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