Themes in Hamlet
Hamlet Themes: is the most prominent theme of Hamlet. The whole story rotates around this theme. In the very beginning of the story, we observe that the ghost of Hamlet, the then King of Denmark, reveals to the Prince Hamlet that his father was not died due to a serpent’s sting. Rather, he was murdered by his brother, Claudius, by pouring poison into his ear, while he was sleeping in his orchard. The ghost of the King Hamlet orders him to take revenge on Claudius for murdering his father. Prince Hamlet takes the revenge as his prime duty and tries to murder the King, Claudius at any cost.Prince Hamlet is not a simple person like a soldier to obey the orders of the ghost blindly and without any solid proofs. He wants to confirm the revelation made by the ghost. For this purpose, he arranges a mock play to catch the conscience of the King. Hamlet terms this play as “The Murder of Gonzago.” The actors perform the play, showing similar events, which were revealed by the ghost to Hamlet. When the King sees the said event, he reacts, gets shocked and leaves the place. Hamlet and Horatio sees the reaction of the King and they come to know that the King has really murdered his father. Once he finds an opportunity to kill Claudius, while he was praying. But he suspends his decision on the plea that killing him, while he was praying, would be tantamount to sending him to heaven. He wants to kill him when he is committing a sin.In the end, the theme of revenge is explicitly shown to the readers. The King arranges a plan to kill Hamlet through the aid of Laertes, who has come from England to take revenge upon Hamlet who has killed his father, Polonius. They face each other. The King offers a poisoned goblet to Hamlet, but Hamlet refuses to take it. The queen drinks that goblet and she dies at the spot. The fight begins between Laertes and Hamlet. Laertes is able to hit Hamlet with his poisoned sword, but he does not die swiftly. Rather, Laertes is killed with his own sword. While dying, he informs Hamlet about the plan made by the King. Hamlet returns to the King, stabs him with the poisoned sword, and he dies along with Hamlet. Hamlet is able to take revenge upon the King but at the cost of his own life.