Hamlet Essay Final

Hamlet Essay Final - The Perfect Paradise Elkov 2 It was...

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Elkov 2 Elkov 5 The Perfect Paradise It was absolute Heaven on earth devoid of ache, anguish, and death. Composed of beautiful and captivating streams and hundreds of luscious trees; inhabited with the first planetary life forms. The Garden of Eden symbolized the pure, unbroken harmony between God and humankind; however, this did not last. Adam and Eve spread corruption throughout this utopia and brought destruction upon the godly connection. Likewise, the castle Elsinore, setting to the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, yielded to a descent into bizarre behaviour, ominous sin, and diabolic influence. It is not an understatement when Hamlet declares, "’tis an unweeded garden / That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature / Possess it merely" (I. ii. 135-137). Elsinore played house to thoughtless betrayal supported and catered by immorality. Temptation lurked around the castle and characters were seduced into performing vindictive deeds. Deception tainted moral virtues and caused an infection of evil. For these reasons, Elsinore is the complete embodiment of the Garden of Eden’s spiral into darkness. Betrayal occurred shamelessly throughout the corridors of Elsinore where brotherhood was drowned in revulsion, an incestuous relationship was consented, and friendship was quashed. The most immense betrayal was performed by the one who stole the crown through a concoction, combining a convenient plot with a toxic weapon. The unjust King Claudius used his venomous thoughts to take his own brother’s life and gain his family and rule. Claudius’ faux prayer confirmed his actions and Hamlet’s suspicions when he spouted, “My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. / Words without thoughts never to heaven go” (III. iii. 97-98). This declaration implied that Claudius’ words are baseless and that he would rather continue to benefit from his misdeed. Thus, Claudius’ corrupt actions, tainted with betrayal, set in motion the deterioration and despair that befell Elsinore. Moreover, Gertrude displayed her superficial temperament when she betrayed the memory of her former husband, King Hamlet, when she entered an incestuous relationship with her brother-in-law. Gertrude subsided to sin in order to satisfy her selfish greed and lust for power. This betrayal prompts Hamlet to state, “a beast that wants discourse of reason/ Would have mourn'd longer” (I. ii. 135-137). Hamlet is directly attacking Gertrude’s lack of sorrow and audacity to have such little remorse for disregarding the death of her husband. This also demonstrates the treachery that was inflicted on Hamlet, as well
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2009 for the course CHEM 120 taught by Professor Gilbert during the Fall '08 term at Waterloo.

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Hamlet Essay Final - The Perfect Paradise Elkov 2 It was...

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