Madness Behind the Corruption of Society

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The corruption of society in George Orwell's 1984 and William Shakespeare's Hamlet results both in the loss of innocence and the destruction of sanity. Winston from 1984 stood his grounds throughout the book, but the society standards and rules created by Big Brother soon consume him. Similarly, the entire Kingdom of Denmark bombarded Hamlet with betrayal amongst his own family and loved ones such that drove him into madness. This madness spread through both books in revenge of what the corrupted society has done to the character's lives.

Early on in Hamlet, a guard slightly mentions that there is "something rotten in the state of Denmark" (Shakespeare, I.iv.90). The tranquility of Denmark is suddenly shattered by Claudius's marriage to Gertrude, Hamlet's mother, only a short time following the death of King Hamlet. To Hamlet was revealed the murder of his father and becomes determined to avenge his father's death no matter the cost. This sets off a trail of pretending, backstabbing, plotting, luring, and deadly accidents that ultimately lead to a clash of hatred between the characters and the doom of Denmark. Shakespeare animates the characters with these sinful deeds and vengeance to illustrate that these corruptions strips the innocence and sanity in human kind. Had Hamlet not gone on a tangent and lost his mind about the murder of his father, there might not have been a domino effect of madness knocking down everyone else in this royal chain. Hamlet pretends to have apparently become mad at the beginning, but apparently becomes mad near the end as this obsessive vengeance engulfs him. This disease spreads to Olivia and she becomes insane after her father is accidentally killed by Hamlet then kills herself shortly afterwards. This lead to even more anger upon Laertes, the son of Polonius, who is now driven by madness to kill Hamlet. Everything deriving from this act of treason from Claudius proves that madness is the drive that sends the characters into...
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