Hamlet

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Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, is a timeless classic that is used to convey emotions that are important to the human psyche. Two of the biggest themes that we see in this tale are friendship and loyalty. One of the biggest characters to portray those select emotions would be Hamlet. Although he is the biggest character, he is not the only one who has constant friendships going on throughout the play and loyal people by his side.

A shaky friendship we see in the play is between Polonius and Laertes. In Act 1 Scene 3, Polonius says to Laertes that, “Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel.” This quote here shows that Polonius has some compassion for Laertes but later all his compassion turns out to be just a way to use Laertes. Eventually this friendship turned into just a one way partnership, where Laertes had to be loyal to Polonius or pay the consequences for his actions. Polonius never truly accepted Laertes until he needed to use him for his own personal gain. Eventually, even the loyalty may not be able to hold this “friendship” together any longer.

As we learn more about the play, we learn of a man named Horatio. We don’t know much about him yet, but we do know he is loyalty to his friend Hamlet. As we move along, we see that the friendship between Horatio and Hamlet is strong. For example, in Act 3 Scene 2, Hamlet says to Horatio, “Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice and could of men distinguish her election, sh'ath sealed thee for herself.” This quote here shows us that Hamlet had much faith in Horatio and he knew that he could confide with Horatio on any topic without fear repercussions. Other good examples can be found throughout the play, such as when Hamlet tells Horatio to carry on his story because he is going to kill himself, but most, if not all, the other examples are embedded in the actual story itself.

While looking at loyalties, one could say that some were created. In...
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