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Shakespeares Hamlet is a complex play where many themes are intertwined - themes that are essential to the development of the play The issue of death and disease both physical and emotional is very prevalent throughout the duration of the play as well as fate and divine intervention The play also questions madness and whether it can be feigned as well as corruption and its moral implications Also the To be or not to be soliloquy where Hamlet not only questions life and death but many of lifes other uncertainties as well However the most important theme in the development of Hamlet is revenge and question Does revenge pay Revenge is a frighteningly bloodthirsty emotion which causes people to act blindly and without reason Revenge is a theme that is cleverly built upon throughout the extent of the play with it being the driving force behind two of the main characters in the play The play is introduced by the appearance of the ghost of Hamlets father in the first scene which automatically gives the impression that something is amiss This is later clarified by the statement Something is rotten in the state of Denmark Iiv The ghost materialises before Hamlet suggesting that his death was not as natural as it may first have seemed The ghost requests Hamlet to Revenge my foul and most unnatural murder Iv and points him towards the murderer with The serpent that did sting thy fathers life now wears his crown Iv This indicates that King Hamlet murder was committed by his brother Claudius who had now taken over as King of Denmark The Ghost taunts Hamlet telling him that it is part of every mans honour to avenge his death Hamlet agrees to revenge his death but his mind is still full of many doubts and he just thinks about what he will do rather than actually do it However when the time for action comes
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