Hamlet Themes

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  • Hamlet themes
    • Spiritual
      • He is a credible figure as there was strong belief in ghosts at the time the play was written
      • He demands revenge for his death and basically is responsible for Hamlet’s agonies throughout the play
      • Hamlet tests the ghost by staging the play and it confirms that what the ghost says is true
    • Politics
      • The play is played to a political backdrop and there is always the threat of war in the background
      • The clearest political theme is that of power and Claudius has gained his power through the murder of King Hamlet. He must now keep that power
    • Religion
      • It has been suggested that Hamlet's hesitation to kill Claudius may be as a result of the religious beliefs of Shakespeare's time
      • The Reformation connected to existence of purgatory (A Catholic ides)
      • He play questions such matters and manipulates the audience's views on religion
    • Truth, lies, acting and disguise
      • The play within the play llows Hamlet to see Claudius' reaction, confirming his guilt
      • Many of the characters act throughout the play, not being their true selves. Claudius pretends to be sad for King Hamlet's death and he also pretends to like Hamlet. Hamlet plays a variety of roles to suit the situation he is in or the people he is with
      • Hamlet feigns madness to put others off their guard and not take him as a serious threat
  • Contextual points.


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