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Chain Reaction Essay

  • Submitted by: bleh
  • on December 7, 2008
  • Category: Shakespeare
  • Length: 726 words

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Consecutive misconceptions cause a fallacious interpretation of reality, broadcasted by the power of words, Hamlet’s greatest strength and weakness, which cause unpleasant tribulations to each character in the play. While Hamlet possessed an ear (and mind) that had the ability to filter fabrications, other characters appeared to be less fortunate in determining what seems to be and what is.
One of the most interesting things in Hamlet is that every figure is predestined. The first individual we happen upon that is the first to perish, is King Hamlet, who was envenomed via his ear by his brother, Claudius. The ghost, having Claudius’s erosive and unethical ways in mind, vocalizes how these qualities will be undesirably executed in Denmark. “A serpent stung me. So the whole ear of Denmark…rankly abused…the serpent that did sting thy father’s death, now wears the crown.” (I.V.43-47.) Meanwhile, Claudius presents himself as the insightful politician, when in actuality, he is simply trying to disguise his other, cruel intentions. He also manages to make it seem that he cares for the death of his brother, even though it was he who caused it, “Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother’s death the memory be green, and that it is us befitted to bear our hearts in grief, and our whole kingdom to be contracted in one brow of woe…” (I.II.1-4.) And somehow Claudius managed to deceive the state of Denmark. With his canny campaigning skills, he would merely use his words so his power and influence increase. Since ears are meant to absorb words, for Claudius to poison King Hamlet in his ear represents Claudius’s use of malignant words and how it will eventually have an abrasive effect on Denmark. However, King Hamlet turns out not to be the only character whose ears are poisoned. Albeit not literally poisoned, each character receives the poison in the form of words, and subsequently passes the poison unto another, and they, unto another. As a result, words are triggering delusions...

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