Betrayed and Gone Mad
Old Hamlet’s passing created a downhill domino effect in Hamlet’s life. His life turned into major turmoil and he was mentally and emotionally lost in the midst of everything that was going on. Throughout the play, Hamlet unravels what was thought to be a natural death of his father turn into a murder and since then he has faced trials where the betrayal that Hamlet perceived ignited his madness.
Betrayal is portrayed in Hamlet as one of the main themes. Hamlet’s first experience of betrayal was instantaneous. Shortly after his father’s death, Queen Gertrude and the newly reigning King, Claudius, married while Hamlet was still in mourning. “But two months dead—nay, not so much, not two. So excellent a king…so loving to my mother that he might not beteem the winds of heaven visit her face too roughly,” (1.2.139-142). This boiled up Hamlet’s blood because his mother, who he thought was just as much in love with his father as he was with her, moved on so quickly and as though she was not a widow. Nothing hurt him more than knowing that his mother did not care about his beloved father anymore. But thus far the biggest betrayal that Hamlet has experienced in the play was the murder of his father by his own uncle who is now married to his mother. When the Ghost first appeared and spoke to Hamlet, he confesses the truth about his death and tells Hamlet, “But know, thou noble youth, the serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown…Let not the royal bed of Denmark be a couch for luxury and damned incest,” (1.5.38-40,82-83). As soon as the Ghost informed Hamlet about the murder, he promised to take revenge for his father’s death. And that promise drove him off the edge.
Hamlet’s madness was driven by the actions of those around him. To take into consideration that Hamlet was already emotionally unstable about his father’s death, the unveiling of the murder and the break up added onto it. His promise to the ghost to give his...
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