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Literary study on Hamlet by William Shakespeare Hamlet by William Shakespeare clearly explores both individual experience and themes of universal significance In the beginning of the play we see some examples of deceit and lying The queen has married her dead husbands brother Claudius According to the law of the time this was wrong but somehow the Danish courts let the marriage go on probably because of the kings power The queen married Claudius only about two weeks after her first husband died which shows that the queen must have been having an affair behind the queens back We also see in act 1 scene 2 how prince Hamlet has taken to his fathers death and his mothers oer hasty marriage We see the king and queen scolding Hamlet for still mourning over his fathers death Good Hamlet cast thy knighted colour off and let thine eye look like a friend of Denmark Do not for ever with vailed lids seek for thy noble father in the dust Hamlet then shows his mother that unlike her grief his is genuine by saying Seems madam Nay it is I know not seems Tis not alone my inky cloak good mother When Hamlet says not alone my inky cloak he means that his grief unlike hers was not only a matter of dress We see examples of deceit contamination and revenge right through the whole of the play but we also see a lot of what is happening in Hamlets mind through his actions and through his soliloquies We see in Hamlets first soliloquy how depressed he gets about his fathers death and his mothers hasty marriage He wishes that the Everlasting had not fixed his cannon gainst self slaughter so that he could kill himself Hamlet also shows his hate of what his mother had done by saying O most wicked speed To post with such dexterity to
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