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Hamlet Motifs by Mind Map: Hamlet Motifs
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Hamlet Motifs

the bloody ending scene

Wheels

Lots of words that have to do with wheels: revolution, spokes, knave, whirling (for example, see link, line 3430)

Birth and Death

Yorik

Hamlet's Birth = Denmark takes over Norway

Hamlet's father's death is the birth of another king, Claudius

Hamlet's death is to the birth of another king in Denmark, Fortinbras

Dirt

water?

king's flesh in begger's belly

Ophelia's dead body being burried underground

Poison

leprous distillment

union/wine

envenomed sword

"O, this is the poison of deep grief" (4.5.72)

The poison used to kill King Hamlet

Silence/Voice

ear

"The rest... is silence" -Hamlet's last words

fate

First choices then comes fate

Horatio: Heaven will direct it (1.4.66)

"O cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right!" (1.5.196-197)

"You will lose this wager, my lord." (5.2.156)

revenge

Hamlet to Rosencratz and Guildenstern

Hamlet to Claudius

Laertes to Hamlet

Fortinbras to King Hamlet

Incest

Claudius/Gertrude

Hamlet/Gertrude

Women seem to be blamed the most. Hamlet criticizes women

Madness

Hamlet feigns madness, but he seems to be really mad in aspects

Ophelia becomes mad after Polonius's death

suicide

Ophelia Drowining

Hamlet's thoughts about suicide - "To be or not to be"

Christian's perspective regarding this issue

conscience

"Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king." (2.2.594)

truth vs. uncertainty

Hamlet was not sure if the ghost was trully his father's spirit or a devil playing tricks on him

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, that are dreamt of in your philosopy

the ugly truth

Uncertainty of the unnatural murder -"Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder." (1.5.24)- is proven as truth.

violence

time span

Power

Gertrude vs Ophelia