Key Themes in Hamlet

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Appearance vs. Reality
Speaker: King

“Hamlet, this deed, for thine especial safety,
Which we do tender, as we dearly grieve
For that which thou hast done, must send thee hence”
King says he is sending Hamlet to England for his safety, when really it is to have him killed •The King makes it seem as though he is doing a good deed, when really it is wrong •The King says he cares for Hamlet’s safety as much as he grieves Polonius’ death oHe is lying

oHe does not grieve the death of Polonius and if he did, he’d care about Hamlet, which he doesn’t Speaker: Hamlet
“I see a cherub that sees them.”
The cherub symbolizes an angel
The cherub sees the King's real purpose in sending Hamlet to England and informs Hamlet oAt the end of the scene, when alone, the King states his real purpose - to send Hamlet to his death.

“By Gis, and by Saint Charity,
Alack, and fie for shame!
Young men will do’t if they come to’t,
By cock, they are to blame.
Quoth she, before you tumbled me,
You promised me to wed
Her songs are taken as madness
The song is actually the truth
oRevealing her relationship with Hamlet
oIt hurts her
Hamlet ended their relationship
She feels used

Tragic Flaw

Speaker: King

“For goodness, growing a pleurisy,
Dies in his own too-much: that we would do
We should do when we would; for this “would” changes
And hath abatements and delays as many
As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents,
And then this “should” is like a spendthrift sigh,
That hurts by easing.”

Hamlet’s tragic flaw is the inability to act
oTo avenge his father’s death
The King is commenting on Hamlet’s weaknesses that have prevented him from murdering the King •The King states that when you have a thought in mind, do it right away and don’t hesitate like Hamlet •“Would” and “should” symbolizes the things Hamlet has said he wants to do to avenge his father’s...
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