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To What Extent Does Shakespeare Reveal That “Something Is Rotten In The State Of Denmark” In Act 1

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To what extent does Shakespeare reveal that “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” in Act 1.
In Act 1 Scene 4 Marcellus state that there is “something rotten in the state of Denmark” and Shakespeare goes to prove Marcellus to be right through his use of politics, faith and individuals. Thus conveying to the Jacobean audience that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark” but also portraying a sense of tragedy which coincides with the tragic conventions outlined by the Aristotelian and Seneca tragedy model.
Shakespeare employs the use of politics, creating a sense of uneasiness in the state of Denmark to suggest that “something is rotten”. As Hamlet was written around 1600 in the ...view middle of the document...

By doing this Shakespeare supports the theory of microcosm and macrocosm. The King was the heart and centre of the body politic so the fact that he has been “usurp’d” and “buried” will have a knock on effect on the state of Denmark.
The theory of microcosm and macrocosm is further explored as Shakespeare portrays Claudius as a bad King thus conveying to the audience that “something is rotten in the state of Demark”. This adheres to the Seneca model which states that a benign ruler is killed by a bad ruler. It is said of Claudius by Marcellus that he “does not divide the Sunday from the week”. This would have had a very big impact on the Jacobean audience who were incredibly religious. As working on Sunday is against the 10 commandments which states “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. He Six days you shall labour and do your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God”. This would have caused fear for in Jacobean audience for the state of Denmark as they would have viewed Claudius as a King who went against the ruling of God and according to the theory of microcosm and macrocosm this will affect the state of Denmark. Claudius is described by the ghost as being an “incestuous… serpent”. The use of the word lexis “incestuous” would have again alarmed the Jacobean audience as they would again be aware that in the Bible incest is wrong and punishable by death again suggesting that Claudius is going against God. The sibilance of “incestuous… serpent” speeds up the line and makes Claudius seem even more evil. The...

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