Comparison Of Trust In Hamlet And To Build A Fire

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In The Ministry of Fear Graham Greene writes, " is impossible to go through life without trust...". I agree with Graham Greene that people need trust in their lives. People cannot live life without trust in themselves and in others. Someone who does not have trust in their life is in danger. Lack of trust often leads to one’s downfall. This is shown in “Hamlet,” a play by William Shakespeare, and in the short story "To Build a Fire" by Jack London. The main character in each of these works lacks trust and this ultimately leads to their deaths. The conflicts, theme and characterization in these literary works display why trust is needed in everyone’s life. In William Shakespeare's play, the main character, Hamlet finds out his father, the king, was killed by his uncle, Claudius. Claudius is also Hamlet’s stepfather. Hamlet’s tremendous anger at Claudius leads Hamlet to kill Claudius. This in turn leads to Hamlet’s own death.…show more content…
As he says “To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer...” Hamlet contemplates suicide, due to a lack of trust in himself. Hamlet does not trust that he can take revenge on Claudius and move on. Shakespeare displays Hamlet’s lack of trust through characterization. Hamlet is displayed as a macabre, pessimistic and suicidal character. .“A damn'd defeat was made. Am I a coward?” Hamlet states about himself. A life without trust can lead to self destruction. Hamlet cannot trust his own mother because he believes she married the man who killed his father. He cannot trust his stepfather Claudius because Claudius is the murderer. There is a major conflict within Hamlet. Can Hamlet trust Claudius or not? Is Claudius covering up the murder? Hamlet is unable to trust his closest family members. This leads to his downfall and many

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