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Shakespeares tragic play Hamlet conveys several images of both sickness and disease these images support the theme of political corruption This theme can be examined by focusing on three distinct aspects of the play These include the foreshadowing mood in Act I the fact that all of the novels corruption stems from misdeeds of various characters and Hamlets wisdom and concoction for vengeance The foreshadowing images in Act I which revolve around sickness and disease help devise the novels central theme of corruption Act I is critical in establishing the mood and tone of the novel more importantly though the central theme of both political and moral corruption is evident from the start and directs the course of the novel When the ghost of King Hamlet is conversing with his troubled son he tells Hamlet that he could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow up thy soul freeze thy young bloodBut this eternal blazon must not be To ears of flesh and blood I519-25 When the audience or reader is at this point in the play they are completely taken in This description is accentuated with the words flesh blood freeze and soul which adds to the general image of sickness Though this tale is revealed and no one becomes gravely sick it foretells the predicament to come and the intricate situation that will bring Hamlet on a quest to rid his world of corruption Furthermore after King Hamlets ghost visits Hamlet Horatio is talking to Marcellus who remarks Something is rotten in the state of Denmark I499 This prophetic statement is very important the rotten or sickened condition of Denmark is becoming apparent to all and prefigures a certain cleansing struggle to come Moreover at the opening of the novel Hoartio and Marcellus are again talking about their experience with the visits of a strange specter Horatio observes that the event bodes some strange eruption to our state I168 The diction
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