Talk about an absent parent.
|Author||Shakespeare - William Shakespeare|
|Themes||Art and Culture|
Lies and Deceit
the big one…
…but that doesn’t prevent him from fitting in some quality father-son time.
Hamlet Senior returns in ghostly form…
…to bring his son into the loop on how he was bumped off by junior’s uncle.
He then urges his son to do something that… may not show up in too many parenting books.
He asks him to take revenge. i.e… finish off Claudius.
Was Ghost Dad way out of line here? Or was his request… justified?
First of all, we feel for the guy… really, we do.
Sibling rivalry is one thing, but offing your own brother in a disgusting power grab? Not
So we get where he’s coming from… but involving your son… and putting him in harm’s
way… doesn’t seem like the most responsible coping method.
Instead of being able to let bygones be bygones… he was on his way to the great beyond, after
…he heaps all this pressure on his son, and places him in a dangerous position.
Besides, hadn’t he ever read any other Shakespeare plays? He had to know it probably wouldn’t
turn out so well… But… members of royalty live by a code.
Just because Senior isn’t around anymore doesn’t mean there isn’t a serious wrong
that still needs to be made right.
Yeah, Hamlet might end up adding to the body count…
…but even if that should come to pass, it’s a small price to pay if it means upholding
the integrity of the post.
In the ex-King’s mind… what’s left of it, anyway… maybe he sees this final act
as a fulfillment of his legacy…
…to leave behind his nation with power in the hands of the just and upright.
Rather than in the hands of the sleazy and rotten.
Or… it could be that he was thinking only of his son.
It seems counter-intuitive… you don’t usually try to protect someone by asking them
to grapple with a known killer…
…but Senior knew what Claudius was capable of.
What was to stop him from taking a similar action against Hamlet, if he suspected the
kid might be a threat?
Maybe he was just suggesting a preemptive attack…
…so Hamlet wouldn’t constantly have to worry about joining his dad on that big fishing
trip in the sky. What was Daddy’s reasoning?
Was he just being stubborn and spiteful?
Was he trying to preserve the integrity of the throne?
Or was he looking out for… number two? Shmoop amongst yourselves.