Hamlet; Intense Human Relationships

“Ultimately in this Shakespearean drama, it is the representation of intense human relationships that captivates the audience”

Explore the representation of at least ONE intense human relationship in Hamlet, evaluating its significance in the play as a whole.

Shakespeare's revenge tragedy, Hamlet, was written in the Elizabethan era during the Renaissance period. The play Hamlet, conveys numerous intense human relationships. Intense human relationships are the main and most powerful bonds between any characters, and are the relationships that have the most significant effect upon the play. They are also significant to the play as they aid in building the drama of the play, which goes hand in hand with captivating the audience, with the use of dramatic techniques. The intense human relationships presented in Hamlet have been constantly interpreted by the different perspectives of countless people since its conception in the Elizabethan era. The Relationships which have had the greatest impact are those of the three main protagonists, Hamlet, Gertrude and Claudius. The interaction between them drives the plot and allows the reader to critically evaluate the relationships of the time, as well as comparing them to modern day relationships, and in doing so possibly gain an insight in to the working of the human psyche.

It is clearly seen that the intense relationship between Hamlet and his uncle, Claudius, is not a very sturdy bond but rather an antagonist relationship. It is believed that Hamlet's mistrust and uncertainty towards Claudius arose from his mothers “o'erhasty marriage” and also sprung forward Hamlet's suspicion. After the appearance of his father informing Hamlet that Claudius had in fact murdered him, Hamlet decides to put on an “antic disposition” so that he may discover the truth behind these claims.

In Act 2, scene 2, we witness the mechanism of both Hamlet and Claudius's plans. Claudius instructs Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to keep an...