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
BY CHRIS NELSON
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.