Hamlet - Natural Order

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Kevindeep Saroya ENG4U The fabric of every society relies on a set of laws and morals to govern its citizens. When these aspects are disrupted, disorder begins to appear. In some cases, a leader or king who is able to keep peace in the community can represent the fabric that keeps a society together. The play Hamlet by William Shakespeare begins when Hamlet encounters the spirit of his dead father. Here, he learns that Hamlet’s uncle Claudius, who recently assumed the throne and married Hamlet’s mother, unnaturally murdered his father. Hamlet’s father represented the fabric and with his untimely death, Denmark is plunged into a state of corruption. With this being the case, the natural order is eventually restored in the play when the corruption in the state is ended, wrong deeds are avenged, and the land of Denmark is given back to its rightful owner, Young Fortinbras. Throughout history, corruption in governments has been a persistent problem. In Hamlet, one example of a character that is corrupt is Polonius. As Claudius’s chief advisor, Polonius reports any and all findings of the kingdom to the king and assists him in solving problems. When information is needed or actions, such as spying, must be done that the king is unable to do, Polonius is the person who does them. For the natural order to be restored, the corruption in the kingdom, as represented by Polonius, who spies and plots against others, has to be removed. After the play that Hamlet organizes takes place, Gertrude is very upset and wishes to speak with Hamlet. Polonius, along with the king and queen, feel that Hamlet has gone mad. Therefore, he creates a plan in which he will hide among the curtains in case Hamlet tries to harm Gertrude, and help her if need be. This plan eventually fails as Hamlet kills Polonius and says, “Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell. / I took thee for thy

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