Honour And Certainty In Hamlet

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What is honour, and certainty in relation to it? Everyone wants to make certain their integrity stays intact, and that it is not tarnished and pristine. The decisions made by characters, in Hamlet, are portrayals of the extent of which people will try to preserve their honour. Almost all of the characters in Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, have a substantial sense of integrity which aids the fate of each character as they try to restore their honour and certainty. Fortinbras, the former prince of Norway, had plans to conquer Poland. He was an abrasive person, who held his honor in the highest regard. Fortinbras’ captain explains to Hamlet that “Truly to speak, and with no addition,/ We go to gain a little patch of ground/ That hath in it no profit but the name” (IV,iv,18-20). Fortinbras felt so strongly about his title that he willing to wager the lives of his entire army in order to uphold his name.…show more content…
Hamlet first learns from the ghost of his father that his death was actually a murder . Even though he swears to avenge his father, indecision overcomes Hamlet and he has to test the king’s sincerity. When the king’s true ambition is revealed to Hamlet, he affirms his choice to take violent action against the king. However, Hamlet would only kill the king once he caught him in the act of doing something villainous. At the end of the play, Hamlet learns that the king was to blame for poisoning the blade. As a result, the king was slain; Hamlet had redeemed his honour through retribution of unjust death. The decisions of the characters consequently ended in their deaths, sealing their fate while trying to redeem their honour. Is it justified in the manner it is attained? Shakespeare explored how in different situations people can try to make things certain when the results are unforeseeable. Certainty cannot be completely guaranteed in the face of

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