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    Hamlet- World of Denmark E.Devitt

    " 'tis an unweeded garden gone to seed. Things rank and gross in nature posess it merely"

    Discuss how the different aspects of this unweeded garden impact on the characters in the play.

    Any helpful advice here would be appreciated

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      You can mention the manner at which Claudius runs the country (which gives rise to Hamlet's description of the country: "an unweeded garden that grows to seed") and the effects of corruption on the other characters.


      -Claudius condones the eavesdropping of Hamlet by Polonius.

      -Gertrude is seemingly blinded by Claudius' lustful lifestyle, and she has no knowledge of his murder (obviously until Act 3 Scene 4)

      -Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are loyal and patriotic; their sincerity towards the king leaves Hamlet to distrust his childhood friends (R and G).

      -Hamlet is furious about the evil deeds (murder, adultery and incest) Claudius hides and this provokes Hamlet to reflect on life, the world and mankind through soliloquies.

      Also, it would be useful to learn quotes such as "Let not the royal bed of Denmark be a couch for luxury and damned incest" (1:5:82+83) and "For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, the oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, the pangs of disprized love, the law's delay, the insolence of office" (3:1:70-73) that are relevant to questions like this. Describe how those things I mentioned in the two quotes affect the characters in the play. (Example: the pangs of disprized love = Hamlet harshly rejects Ophelia because of her "disprized love" (when she returned her love letters to him) and their relationship has changed, especially in Act 3 Scene 1 + 2). Use the earlier examples to back up the message portrayed by the quotes.

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      Thanks a mil. Much appreciated

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