I got the question on corruption in the play hamlet for homework. I wonder should I focus on the Danish court in general (for example the way Hamlet refers to the world around him as 'an unweeded garden' or containing 'things rank and gross in nature', the way corruption spreads as infection in the court etc ) or could I go about this question by describing the corrupted side to characters of Claudius, Polonius and Hamlet to certain extent?
I am also not really convinced would it be a good idea to describe Ophelia to contrast the corrupted world with her innocence?
Bring in other characters as needed to explain/expand on/illustrate how corrupt your chosen characters are. Examples:
Claudius is corrupt (killed his brother in a sneaky way, grabbed the throne AND his brother's widow...), and his corruption affects Gertrude and Hamlet in differing ways. How would you contrast G and H with C? How would you explain how C's corruption affects G and H?
You're welcome. And remember you can include "second generation" corruption if you wish.
Claudius's corruption affects Hamlet, who becomes somewhat shady himself (although it seems to be in self-defense, in a way) -- and Hamlet's deception (pretending to be mad) affects Ofelia, a completely innocent character in the play.
Don't be afraid to go beyond the "first generation" of corruption. It's that complexity that makes the play so enduring.
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