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What I believe to be the main and most important theme of Hamlet is that power corrupts and kills This is evident in many parts of this play In the first half of this tale Shakespeare shows us that the power King Hamlet gave to his brother free run of the castle ability to get where the king slept let to the kings death If King Hamlet would have limited his brothers activities and had himself guarded while he slept perhaps the late sovereign would still be ruling In the second part of the play the main actions of the play start to unfold The death of Ophelia could be viewed as caused by the emotional power Hamlet had over her It might be that she became mad because of her love for Hamlet who was acting mad herself The greatest show of power corrupts and kills is in King Claudius This man uses his power to not only indirectly kill 3 members of the story Gertrude Hamlet and Laertes but he also uses Laertes to directly kill Hamlet so that Hamlet will not uncover the murder of King Hamlet Also throughout the play he manipulates Gertrude Hamlets loving and trusting mother to satisfy his own wishes
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