Theme in Hamlet
- Date:Jun 27, 2019
The story Hamlet has a remarkably restrained outline. The displays a society where when a wrong occurs, the heroes seeks ravage to correct the wrong. Through this process of ravage, everyone is destroyed literally. The element has well developed plot where the writer aims at presenting his revenge strategy in a classical form (Kennedy, and Gioia 106). The introductory scene is intensely expository in nature where the main characters are introduced, and the conflict among them is intensely revealed. The subsequent scenes or acts contain the systematical development conflicts among the main characters. Notably, conflict is developed and maintained in the mind of Helmet through the plot. Nonetheless, act V may be associated with climax of the story. Moreover, this point contain short period of falling actions, denouement, or conclusion of the story where Fortinbras takes the management of Denmark with the aim of reintroducing order in the country. William Shakespeare used numerous techniques to relay vital themes in his story or play the Hamlet.
Revenge is the main theme in the story the Hamlet. To develop this theme among other themes, Shakespeare deployed the use of the appearance vs. reality or the appearance and reality. The beginning of the story is encompassed with candid dilemma what might be considered real. The dead king seems to have been poised by a snakebite or venom (Kennedy, and Gioia 114). The ghost appears from the depth of hell; however, the truth is that the same ghost is somewhat a reality that reveals come to reveal some to Helmet. However, Helmet doubts the Ghost’s revelation and decides to make the ghost appear mad. Notably, in the processes of making everything around him mad, he drives Ophelia mad and she eventually dies.
At some point, it seems that the Helmet’s appearance of madness becomes a reality. Moreover, the duel scenes present the appearance and reality. The duel is depicted as a decisive and justifiable competition between rivals. However, in reality, duel is a deadly match that often leads brutal death of the participating individuals. It should be noted that this game had had led to the death of four characters (Kennedy, and Gioia 120). The symbol of reality and appearance is seems to be a play within a play. The characters who represent mythical believes behave as if everything they do often happen in a reality. Nonetheless, at the end, Hamlet orchestrates appearance to evaluate the degree of reality presented in the reactions of Claudius. The appearance and reality theme is well presented in the story; thus, every event in the story seems to be questioned or analyzed to a given reality.
Another theme that has been developed in the play is vengeance and family honor. The vengeance is well presented in the character Fortinbras who has defeated the late king or the Hamlet’s father. As a young energetic man, Fortinbras seeks to recover the power and land lost by the father and towards honoring his father (Kennedy, and Gioia 122). Despite his failure in numerous, Fortinbras tries and succeeds in other means or ways of ravage. On the other hand, it becomes ironical when Hamlet, by accomplishing his revenge mission, he destroys the family he tried to revenge its honor he sorted to restore. Regardless of the theme and styles deployed by Shakespeare, he has accurately achieved a lot in his writing.
Kennedy, X J, and Dana Gioia. Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. New York: Pearson/Longman, 2006. Print.