worms eat dead king, fish eat worms, beggers eat fish
everyone goes back to the soil in the end.
Gertrude drinks this and dies
sharing food or drink = union
Laertes reveals all the truth "King is to blame"
poison leads to death: in this case Ophelia was poisoned with grief, which led to suicide.
poison in the ear distorts the truth
Ears can represent gullibility. Claudius mentions ears a couple of times when speaking in front of his people (deceit)
Maybe Claudius did not literally kill King Hamlet by pouring liquid into him. Shakespeare could have meant it figuratively: Claudius could have framed King Hamlet, Whether Claudius really did or not, it tells about his use of authority. He poisons Demark's ears, by telling the untrue story., "So the whole ear of Denmark Is by a forged process of my death Rankly abus'd." (775) "process of my death" would be the poisoning. Ghost is talking about how Claudius is doing the same to the country.
Ophelia's Death: choice
Horatio foreshadows everything., He talks like a prophet.
the Oedipus complex, Sigmund Freud, The idea that people are motivated by sex and aggression. (Seems to include every character in the play)
Hamlet is constantly exposed to the bad side of women (Ophelia, Gertrude) - therefore his perspective on women is not so positive., Frailty, thy name is woman
criticizes women for painting their faces that God gave them with makeup and lies
insanity is triggered by Gertrude's marriage to Claudius plus the king's death
insanity triggered by Hamlet's refusal of her love
"Is she to be buried in Christian burial that willfully seeks her own salvation?" (5.1. 1-2)
suicide is a sin, therefore one who commits suicide does not deserve Christian burial
"Oh, ’tis too true! How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience!" (3.1.50), conscience=feeling of guilty
"The spirit that I have seen / May be the devil, and the devil hath power / T'assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps / Out of my weakness and my melancholy / As he is very potent with such spirits" (2.2. 587-591)
Although Hamelt tells his mother, Gertrude, that Claudius is the murder of the previous king, she seems to continue to believe in Claudius., "As kill a king?" asks Gertrude when Hamlet tells her the truth (3.4. 31). She seems to not trust Hamlet's words.
Women seem to be generally powerless, but Gertrude has more power than Ophelia because she is the queen., Gertrude's death is shown and she is a more active character than Ophelia--who is passive.