Society As Personas Essay

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Shakespearean theatre is written to mimic, either positively or negatively, human emotion and interaction. This is either done directly through the dialogue and interaction of characters, or abstractly through the use of symbols and themes. One of the most common ways William Shakespeare conveys his opinion of society is through the different personas of major characters.
In many works of literature—especially classical tragedy—no character ever achieves perfection. Something that a character has done in the past, a defective personality trait, or even something as simple as a physical quality keeps them from succeeding. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, no major character really wins in the end because one imperfection keeps them from
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By killing King Hamlet, he started a chain reaction of events that led to the demise of several major characters. At the beginning of the play, Marecllus, a minor character, notices that something is out of place. “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” (1.4.100). The entire castle is aware of something that just does not seem right, but they do not know what it is yet. Dissention in the ranks of the Danish court is the first step to complete decay.
After Hamlet had heard the news that his uncle Claudius had killed his father, Hamlet was driven into madness. At first the madness was simply a “mask” under which he could hide so that the King would not understand that Hamlet was seeking to avenge his father’s death. “For if the sun breed maggots in a dead /dog, being a good kissing carrion—Have you a /daughter?” (2.2.197-9). This quote is an example of both Hamlet’s madness and of the disease of the Danish court. Throughout the play, Hamlet contemplates murder, and even suicide, but fails to act on both of them until he is already dying at the end of the play. His tragic flaw is his inability to act, and this flaw further progresses the decay of the Danish court.
In contrast, Laertes is often portrayed as a Foil character to Hamlet. His tragic flaw is actually his willingness to act. After the death of his father, he is so enraged that King Claudius actually convinces him to try to kill Hamlet

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