hamlet - English HL 2 IB 12 October 2009 Hamlet's...

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English HL 2 IB 12 October 2009 Hamlet’s Conflicting Obligations to his Father and to his Country In Shakespeare’s well known play, Hamlet , young prince Hamlet’s mind is being pulled in several conflicting directions. His greatest internal struggle is one in which he fights the desire to seek revenge and while proving that he is not mentally ill. For Hamlet’s own sanity he needs to kill King Claudius to revenge his father’s death, however he is torn because he is constantly trying to put on the façade that he is not the crazy fallen prince that King Claudius is illustrating. The well being of Denmark is left up to how Hamlet can seek revenge on Claudius while fixing the country’s unrest. The reader finds out very early in Hamlet that there is something very horrible that is happening in the country of Denmark. When the ghost of the deceased King Hamlet first appears to the castle watchmen, it confirms Marcellus’ belief that indeed, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” ( Ham .1.4.90). When Marcellus makes this proclamation he is announcing that Denmark is not completely at peace. There is civil unrest throughout the country and that is due to the unrest of their rulers. The unrest runs throughout the country in many different ways and covers everyone. A criticism by Rebecca West thoroughly describes the court and world that is infected by the disease of corruption saying that “There is a flaw running horizontally through humanity wherever it is gathered together in space. But the flaw runs vertically also; it runs through time into the past” (West 109). The flaw that runs horizontally in humanity makes it natural for Hamlet to want to seek revenge on Claudius for his father’s murder since he is now the controller of the court. The flaw that runs vertically through time connects with the late King Hamlet who returns as a ghost and seeks revenge by his son for Claudius’ evil deed. The evil
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cycle of corruption is continued however because Hamlet is punishing for a sin committed of murder, but he is then committing the same sin of murder. Soon another could seek revenge on Hamlet for his murder which keeps alive this vicious cycle of corruption and sin. Hamlet sees this corruption that radiates through his country and through his family, but he does not have the power to change it. He states “For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, Th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s constumely, the pangs of despis’d love, the laws delay, the insolence of office, and the spurns that patient merit of th’ unworthy takes”
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