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Hamlet: Hamlet’s Hate For His Uncle Brought On By Ghost Essay, Research Paper

Hamlet: Hamlet’s Hate For His Uncle Brought On By Ghost


In society today one might look back on the time of Shakespeare and say

how ruthless and barbaric people were in that time, not realizing that the

people of today are just as cruel and unforgiving. Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a

penetrating portrayal of a young man overcome with rage brought about by his

uncle. This deep hate for his uncle along with his inability to forgive his

mother, and the betrayal of his friends later brings him to his own destruction.

Hamlets hate for his uncle is brought on by a ghost.

In the beginning of the play, Hamlet is visited by the ghost of his

father who tells him “Know thou noble youth, the serpent that did sting thy

fathers life now wears his crown”(pg. 29) These words tear at Hamlets heart

enraging him, thus beginning the steps to his destruction. He vowed to avenge

his fathers death, and would stop at nothing to take the life of his uncle. His

uncle however is not the only one Hamlet has developed a hate for. He believes

his mother played a large roll in his fathers death too.

The speedy marriage of his mother to his uncle along with the words of

his father”Taint not thy mind nor let thy soul contrive against thy mother

aught”(pg.31) lead Hamlet to believe that his mother also had something to do

with his fathers death. His mother whom he loved so dearly now becomes one

of his worst enemies, destroying him even more than before. Hamlets mother, and

uncle however are only the beginning of this emotional roller coaster, later he

is betrayed by two of his best friends.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. two of Hamlets dearest friends betray him

by turning him over to his uncle, who plans to ship him to England for his death,

and further more are the ones to escort Hamlet to the ship. “will’t please you

go, my lord?”(pg.104) are the words of Rosencrantz urging Hamlet to board the

ship, knowing full well that he boards to go to his death. This brings about

the final chapter to Hamlet’s mental destruction, and from this point on Hamlet

cares nothing about his nor any one else’s life.

People of the world have always been ruthless and barbaric.

Shakespeare’s Hamlet just shows an example of the trials one must encounter on

the journeys of life. The mental destruction Hamlet went through caused by the

passionate hate for his uncle, his inability to forgive his mother, and the

betrayal of his friends, led to the physical destruction of himself as well as

everyone he loved, If the lust, hate, and jealousy of people today doesn’t go

away, one or all of mankind may end up just as Hamlet did.