William Shakespeare 's Hamlet As A Dramatic Tragedy That Follows The Downfall Of Major Characters

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Tragedies are rather emotionally charged, as in, not only do they include drama but they also incorporate tragic humor. The two major reoccurring themes in Hamlet are, decay and corruption and appearance vs. reality. Through these themes, Shakespeare successfully develops the plot around the concept of family rivalry and the tragic events that follow when the corrupted mind of a character is disguised. Hamlet is a dramatic tragedy that follows the downfall of major characters: Hamlet, Claudius, Laertes, Ophelia, Polonius, and Gertrude. While, the following familial relationships: Claudius and Hamlet, Polonius and Ophelia, and Claudius and Hamlet Senior portray how the decay of a character can stem from the corruption within their own family.
Claudius and Hamlet have their first interaction during Claudius’ speech upon becoming king, where Claudius’ character introduces the theme of appearance vs. reality. This introduction through Claudius is the very reason why Hamlet develops an instant disliking for the new king and his step-father. Claudius begins his speech by mourning his brother’s death and ends it by diverting the attention back to himself. “Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother’s death / the memory be green, and that it us befitted … Together with the remembrance of ourselves”. (I.ii.1-7) as he continues to speak, Claudius mention of the gains from his brother’s death sets out to convince the citizens that his actions are utterly for the wellbeing of the kingdom.…

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