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FEAR AND LOATHING IN THE SHAKESPAERAIN AGE AN ESSAY THAT REQUIRES DRUGS TO UNDERSTAND When you hear the excuse My environment made me do it You expect to hear it from A former gang member on an early morning talk show But to hear it from Hamlet requires a double take I think that Prince Hamlet was a victim of the people around him IE Rosencrantz Guildenstern Polonius Laertes Gertrude and Claudius I will start off by telling you why Claudius is involved in Hamlets destruction The first time is in Act I scene 2 lines 109-117 You are the most immediate to the throne We beseech you bend you to remain here In Denmark Claudius says this as a test for Hamlets wisdom If Hamlet agrees with the king he becomes a sitting duck for the King to kill him But if he leaves then he can raise an army and overthrow Claudius The latter doesnt appeal to Claudius that much Gertrude persuades Hamlet to stay in Denmark not for the king but for the queen The queen is not an innocent bystander as well She shows her dark side when she is talking to Ophelia about their Hamlet Ophelias relationship To my sick soul As sins true nature is each toy seems prologue to some great amiss IVv17-18 She is referring towards how she disapproves of it for one Ophelias social standing And two if Hamlet would become King of Denmark he would name Ophelia Queen thus sending Gertrude out into the street to find a new profession Polonius work is more behind the scenes than anything he is the cheering section for the King and plays homewrecker with Ophelia Hamlet at one point
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