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A Rotten State William Shakespeares tragedy Hamlet is a story about a prince Hamlet whos father King Hamlet was murdered by his brother Claudius Claudius then married Hamlets mother making him the King of Denmark Near the beginning of the play an officer named Marcellus said Something is rotten in the state of Denmark Act 1 Scene 5 ll 90 This statement did indeed prove to be true for there was much murder and vengeance going on at the time There was a sinister spirit of vengeance in the air First it was Hamlet wanting Claudius head for killing his father He was definitely ready to act when he said A villain Claudius kills my father and for that I his sole son do this same villain send to heaven Act 3 Scene 3 ll 76-78 Later in the story Hamlet killed Polonius Now Leartes his son wanted revenge on the killer His vicious anger was shown when he exclaimed To hell Allegiance Vows to the blackest devil Conscience and grace to the profoundest pit I dare damnation To this point I stand that both the words I give to negligence let come what comes only Ill be revengd most throughly for my father -Act 4 Scene 5 ll 130-136 Fortinbras Prince of Norway also had revenge on his mind He wanted to get back all the lands his father had lost Fortinbras was Importing the surrender of those lands lost by his father Act 1 Scene 2 ll 2324 Clearly this wasnt a very peaceful era for Denmark and its people Characters were being murdered throughout the entire play and the killers often tried to hide their crimes The first was the murder of King Hamlet by his brother Claudius King Hamlets Ghost uttered upon my secure hour thy uncle stole with juice of cursed hebanon in a vail and in the porches of my ears did pour the leprous distilement
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