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In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare the words Something is rotten in the state of Denmark Iiv90 were spoken by Marcellous shortly after Hamlet leaves to follow a ghost Marcellous and Horatio both feel that Hamlet should not be left alone with the ghost Even though Hamlet directed them not to follow him Marcellous feels that it wouldnt be right if they didnt follow him because Something is rotten in the state of Denmark Iiv90 When examined that statement can refer to many of things about the ruling class that are rotten in the state of Denmark One idea of the rottenness is the marriage between Hamlets uncle Claudius and his mother Gertrude Many consider the marriage almost incestuous and Claudius feels he must justify it by stating that he had the approval of the courtiers and that the marriage was in the best interest of Denmark The marriage is also suspiciously corrupt because it took place only two months after the death of King Hamlet Those circumstances cause Hamlet to become extremely upset at his mother for her apparent lack of mourning and helps support the idea of foul play King Hamlets death Another example of the rottenness in Denmark is King Hamlets death Unknown to the people of Denmark it was Claudius who killed King Hamlet and stole his crown and his wife Claudius had won the love of Gertrude and then murdered the King by pouring the poisonous juice of cursed hebonaIv63 into his ear This poison invaded his defenseless body and swift as quicksilver it courses through The natural gates and alleys of the bodyIv67 In a sense the poison used by Claudius spreads throughout the entire country of Denmark Rottenness in Denmark is also seen in the ghost of King Hamlet Just the sign of a walking ghost is a bad omen in itself a sign that something rotten will or has taken place The
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