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In Shakespeares explicit play of Hamlet corruption is the central theme The society of Denmark is portrayed as a belittled community of deceit The combating metaphors and imagery explain the never ending corruption in Hamlet and his society Imagery is used to emphasize the corruption in Hamlets society For example Hamlet says Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damned Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell Iiiiill 40-41 Spirits bring a sense of joy or pain and they come hither from above or below Instead of coming straight out with it Hamlet used imagery to give a better effect and feel to the situation In addition Ophelia states But good my brother Do not as some ungracious pastors do Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven Iiiill 46-48 In their daunty ways they have forgotten the true way to Heaven They are more interested in getting wealthy than in saving their souls Shakespeares imagery is bestowed upon all the characters in an uneven ray of light Metaphors are utilized to depict corruption in certain individuals For example Hamlet says Like Niobe all tears why she even sheO God a beast that wants discourse of reason Iiill 149-150 Hamlet cannot believe this act of incest committed against him and his family Thus he refers to his uncle as a beast Furthermore Hamlet says Thrift Thrift Horatio The funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven Iiill 180-182 The funeral of his father turns into the marriage of his mother to his uncle in an unnatural state as meat is when it is baked His fathers body is still warm when his mother and uncle exchange vows to
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