William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” can be viewed as a piece of literature that contains an abundance of conflict. We can see this through many themes throughout the play. Treachery, incest, moral corruption and revenge are the cardinal subjects at matter.
We can see that treachery from Claudius, when he poured poison in King Hamlet’s ear. As the dead king’s brother, Claudius took the throne. Through this, Prince Hamlet faces both internal and external conflict. Once young Hamlet is informed through his father’s ghost that his Uncle Claudius was the man behind the devious plot, his true nature and character is revealed. Through this, we see that Hamlet is stricken with sorrow and grief, but his father’s death isn’t the only reason why Hamlet is so distraught. His Queen mother, Gertrude, quickly remarried her dead husband’s brother soon after his death. Along with that, we see incest in this royal family. Through Hamlet’s melancholy behavior, he performs his first soliloquy and cogitates suicide, inquiring if there was any reason to live with what seems madness around him. Thus, with what seems to be absurdity, Hamlet accedes to his father’s order of seeking revenge for his death and devices a plan to fool Claudius into thinking that he has been stricken with madness. We are introduced to Polonius; advisor to the king, believes that the reason behind Hamlet’s madness has to do with the separation that he feels was caused when he forbid his daughter, Ophelia, to see Hamlet.
Throughout the play, Hamlet continues to deal with conflict within him. He questions whether there was any point in having to kill, to take another life, and if he would be able to handle the situation at matter. Hamlet battles inside himself and once again, ponders suicide with his “To be or not to be” soliloquy. He soon sees that he fears what lies beyond life. We see moral corruption and revenge seething through him. Hamlet quickly resolves to take action and sets...