in pursuing the ghost's mission even after he has proven, via "The Mouse Trap that Claudius is indeed. Does a piece of dead earth, a skull, really have a connection to a person, a personality? In both cases, the major upshot of suicide is religious. But then, the action itself is contained within words, formed and contained by Shakespeare's pen. Not that the play resolves anything, or settles any of our species-old doubts and anxieties. Think of modern westerns, heist movies, or martial arts movies. The circumstances he has to manage emotionally are difficult, to say the least. Hamlet, in its relationship to revenge tragedy and to theater more generally, is one of the first dramas of this kind and perhaps still the most profound example of such post-modern concerns. What happens when you die? Polonius' grasp of language, like his political instinct, is quite shallow - he gestures toward the mastery of rhetoric that seems like a statesman's primary craft, but he is too distracted by surfaces to achieve any real depth.
The ghost represents a disruption to the accepted social order a theme also reflected in the volatile socio-political state of Denmark and Hamlets own indecision.
And, since death is both the cause and the consequence of revenge, it is intimately tied to the theme of revenge and justiceClaudiuss murder of King Hamlet initiates Hamlets quest for revenge, and Claudiuss death is the end of that quest.
Hamlet Theme of Death Fields of Elysium In Shakespeares play Hamlet, death makes itself known as an unwelcomed guest that never cares to leave, from the opening scene with the ominous ghost to the bloodbath of the final scene.
Death has been considered the primary theme of Hamlet by many eminent critics through the years.
Wilson Knight, for instance, writes at length about death in the play: Death is over the whole play.
Reynaldo in the most incredibly convoluted espionage methods; second, he hatches and pursues his misguided theory that Hamlet the Scarlet Letter, Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne is mad because his heart has been broken by Ophelia. One might ask oneself - why does it make such a difference to us whether she died by her own hand or not? In Act 1, Hamlets is torn and tortured by grief and misery from the death of his father and the incestuous marriage of his mother with Claudius, that he sees the world only for its evil and destruction; So much so, Hamlet laments the thought. Hamlet himself is a master of language, an explorer of its possibilities; he is also a man who has trouble performing actual deeds. Claudius, too, is quite the inept Machiavellian. He is always on top of everyone's motives, everyone's doings and goings. In Act Two scene two, for example, he says, "Madam, I swear I use no art at all. However, the appearance of the tortured spirit of Old King Hamlet and the deaths of all the significant characters in the play (excluding one) are more obvious demonstrations of death in its simplest (physical) form. Elsinore is full of political intrigue.
Macbeth Theme of Feigned Loyalty