Idea and Value
“For murder though it have no tongue, I’ll speak with most miraculous organ”
“But I am pigeon-livered and lack gall to make oppression bitter… Why, what an ass am I! The most brave”
Hamlet utilises personification to illustrate Claudius’s emotions will reveal his murderous ways.
Hamlet also uses hyperbole to describe himself. He is being especially hard on himself and is completely conflicted about the actions he should take.
Corruption: Hamlet refers to how betrayal and corruption are what has caused the most outrage in his life. As the people who are closest to him have caused the most pain.
“For if the sun breed maggots in a dead dog, being a good kissing carrion “
(Act 2, Scene 2 Line 197-198)
He adds this imagery of a dead dog decomposed so that Polonius cannot tell what he is talking about, keeping up with his act of being insane. He is trying to warn Polonius that bad things are happening, and that he should keep Ophelia safe, he cant show his love as his kingdom is corrupt.
Corruption: The concept of corruption referring to how there has been unlawful situations occurring and that the people who we are told to trust can be hiding dark secrets.
“Could force his soul so to his own conceit, That from her working all his visage wann'd, Tears in his eyes, distraction in's aspect, A broken voice, and his whole function suiting
With forms to his conceit? And all for nothing!”
After watching one of the traveling players (actors) deliver a moving speech, Hamlet berates himself for his inability to avenge his father's murder.
Revenge: After Hamlet’s realisation that Claudius had killed his father, the concept of revenge is evident throughout the play in order to