Fear And Loathing In The Shakespearian Age
: An Essay That Requires Drugs To Understand. Essay, Research Paper
FEAR AND LOATHING IN THE SHAKESPAERAIN AGE;
AN ESSAY THAT REQUIRES DRUGS TO UNDERSTAND
When you hear the excuse, ” My environment made me do it.” You expect to hear it from
A former gang member on an early morning talk show. But to hear it from Hamlet requires a
double take. I think that Prince Hamlet was a victim of the people around him. I.E. Rosencrantz,
Guildenstern, Polonius, Laertes, Gertrude, and Claudius.
I will start off by telling you why Claudius is involved in Hamlet s destruction. The first
time is in Act I, scene 2, line’s 109-117. ” You are the most immediate to the throne/ We beseech
you, bend you to remain here [In Denmark]…” Claudius says this as a test for Hamlets wisdom.
If Hamlet agrees with the king, he becomes a sitting duck for the King to kill him. But if he
leaves, then he can raise an army and overthrow Claudius. The latter doesn t appeal to Claudius
that much. Gertrude persuades Hamlet to stay in Denmark, not for the king, but for the queen.
The queen is not an innocent bystander as well. She shows her dark side when she is
talking to Ophelia about their (Hamlet & Ophelia s) relationship, ” To my sick soul (As sins true
nature is) each toy seems prologue to some great amiss” (IV,v,17-18). She is referring towards
how she disapproves of it, for one, Ophelia s social standing. And two, if Hamlet would become
King of Denmark, he would name Ophelia Queen, thus sending Gertrude out into the street to
find a new profession.
Polonius work is more behind the scenes than anything, he is the cheering section for the
King, and play s homewrecker with Ophelia & Hamlet, at one point Polonius says to Ophelia, ”
Tender yourself more dearly, or (Not to crack the wind of the poor phrase) tend ring it thus
you ll tender me a fool” (I,iii,107-109). Meaning that if Hamlet was to embarrass her, he would
also be embarrassing her father as well. Another trait that Polonus possessed was the remarkable
talent of telling someone what they wanted to hear, and then gossip about other people, which
the term “Rat” suits him very well.
I guess the biggest laughing stalk of the whole play were Rosencrantz & Guildenstern.
Childhood friends of Hamlet out to do only one thing, to be on the good side of the king.
After Polonius long expected death, These two took over polonius job of stool pigeon for the
king. These two were the last “Thorns” in Hamlet s side, so when Hamlet was captured by the
pirates, he forged the notes to show that Rosencrantz & Guildentstern were to die.
And finally we come to the last player that causes the downfall of Hamlet, Laertes.
Laertes is more of Hamlets dark side than anything. If someone would upset Hamlet, he would
try to reason with the person. If the same thing would happen to Laertes, the only reasoning he
would be doing is with his sword. A perfect situation would be after Polonius death, Laertes
gathers a group of men, marches into the castle, walks up to the King and demands for his
father s murderer to be killed. The King decides to seal Hamlets fate by creating the duel.
Funny thing this duel was, it was designed for Hamlets death, but it also killed those who
oppressed him the most, the King and the Queen.
Everyone tries to find an excuse for some flaw in their life. If you are fired, the boss was
out to get you. If you lose $500 in a poker game, the dealer stacked the deck in his favor. But
for Hamlet you would expect him to say. ” My environment made me this way”. What way? A
rich whining brat who loves to cry over spilt milk? I believe so, do you?