Conflict In Hamlet

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Conflict is the essence of drama. In the classic tragedy Hamlet, William Shakespeare uses a richly traditional story to explore the fabrication of human thought and action. Hamlet experiences a variety of internal and external forces which compel him to confront his moral and ethical beliefs, thus, causing him to mature over the course of the play. Hamlet is a story about a man who experiences the loss of his father through the ruthless behavior of his uncle Claudius. Not only does Claudius kill Hamlet's father, but also takes Hamlet's once dear mother from him and turns her into a corrupt and immoral person. With his spiritual visitations, his incestuous surroundings, and the constant burden of his mission of vengeance for his father's death, this young prince must face chaos both outwards and inwards as all the questions in his life continue to go unanswered. The unanswered questions and confusion lead Hamlet straight toward destruction and tragedy. External conflict impacts Hamlet throughout the play, forcing him to accept beliefs that are once foreign to him: disloyalty, revenge, murder and death. It starts in the very beginning when Claudius, Hamlet’s uncle, kills Hamlet’s father and marries Hamlet’s mother Gertrude. Claudius is now king of Denmark and Gertrude is his Queen. When Claudius says, “Therefore our sometimes sister, now our Queen,” (I.ii.), this makes Hamlet aware that his once uncle is now his step-father. Furthermore, this causes Hamlet to be aware of his mother's incestuous actions and he then says, “Frailty, thy name is woman [...] O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason / Would have mourned longer” (I.ii.). Through her actions Hamlet’s mother destroys the bond she has with him and causes him to have a sour image of all women. Later in the play Hamlet forgives his mother because the ghost of his

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