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The play develops several important themes the major ones being DISEASE CORRUPTION REVENGE PROCRASTINATION MADNESS and POISONING The following is a set of notes on each of these topics 1 DISEASE AND CORRUPTION Through Hamlet the character the Shakespearean audience experiences the frustration and sadness of a state gone to ruin because of the evil conniving of Claudius As for Hamlet himself he suffers a lack of purpose and self-confidence that cant be rectified unless the influence of the evil king is removed Unfortunately the agent which is prompting Hamlet to seek his removal is a ghost and Hamlet himself is reluctant to act because of the possible mischief that the ghost represents In his anger at failing to put revenge into effect he curses himself and rails at what fate has allowed to transpire O what a rogue and peasant slave am IIIii543 O cursed spite That ever I was born to set it rightIv187-88 and Why what an ass am I Must like a whore unpack my heart with words And fall a-cursing like a very drab A scullion Fie upont fohIIii578-583 This self-reproach of Hamlet presents a sickening image to the audience one of a young man who should be as capable of revenge as any other person of his stature In fact young Fortinbras is presented to us early in the play as the model of what a young soldier-prince should be The killing of Old Fortinbras in single combat by Hamlets father has bloodied the mind of Young Fortinbras who can barely be restrained in his desire for revenge on Denmark It is this desire which has put all of Denmark on edge at the beginning of the play and which Hamlet will come to envy in Young Fortinbras in Act IV after the latter has been re-directed in his revenge to fight the Poles instead of the Danes Note that Young Fortinbras never enters Claudius kingdom
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