If Ophelia conceives a child with Hamlet, she will be breeding sinners, men who have been similarly cursed because of the corrupted bloodline.
“‘Tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed.
Within Act 3, Scene 4 of Hamlet, Shakespeare provides little direction by which the scene should be interpreted, but the play, taken in its entirety, proposes a certain way in which Hamlet and Gertrude express their emotions.
Such a realization or a moral code would have stopped Hamlet from trying to kill Claudius until it was clear that there was no other way to rid Denmark of the King's corrupting influence.
Put another way, Hamlet's tragic flaw was that he lacked the understanding or a system of ethics to tell him that revenge for the sake of revenge was wrong.
Other themes in the play include: decay and corruption; relationships between father and son; relationships between mother and son; friendship; romantic relationships; the corrupting influence of the desire for power; and the meaning and possibilities of stagecraft.
An example of such a poem is revealed when Ophelia states “They bore him barefac’d on the bier: Hey non nonny, nonny, hey nonny: And in his grave rain’d many a tear,---Fare you well, my dove!” (4.5.162-165 Ham), in other words Ophelia explains how her father’s death, along with Hamlet lying about him never loving her, causes her sorrow and madness.
His mind becomes ill with madness, resulting in the further spread of corruption, as is said in the quote, “Corruption is like a weed that grows and spreads, choking out the other plants surrounding it.” (Gospel).
As a result, Hamlet’s necessity for revenge makes him unaware of his actions, without thought Hamlet murders Polonius.
When Claudius killed Hamlet Senior, not only was it murder, but it was also a crime against God, as the king was thought to be appointed by Him and Claudius had cheated his way to the throne.
All the disgusting things Hamlet says in madness are preparing the audience for worse.
Definition: to be slowly destroyed by natural processes, to be slowly broken down by the natural processes that destroy a dead plant or body.
1: to decline from a sound or prosperous condition
2: to decrease usually gradually in size,
quantity, activity, or force
3: to fall into ruin
4: to decline in health, strength, or vigor
5: to undergo decomposition
This goes along with the motif of decay which has been traced throughout the play, and which is a metaphor for the corruption which exists in Denmark when Claudius takes the throne by killing his brother.
Claudius’ corrupting influence proves haunting as he gets Laertes to betray his morals and agree to murder Hamlet.
Corruption grows through blind obedience and is seen with manipulation.
Revenge assists with the corruption of ones mind and lead to madness.
Corruption takes hold of Hamlet’s life, forcing him to abandon his previous ambitions and embark on a task of revenge.
Not knowing the sword is poisoned, Hamlet begins to use it and pricks Laertes.) The unintended consequence of Laertes' act of revenge is his own death.
According to Peter Milward, the author of Shakespeare's Christianity: The Protestant and Catholic Poetics of Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and Hamlet, “From a purely religious point of view, which is more than just biblical, Hamlet is rich in homiletic material of all kinds, reflecting almost every aspect of the religious situation in a deeply religious age” (Milward 9)....
Let her not walk i’ the sun: conception is a blessing; but as your daughter may conceive, friend, look to ‘t.”- Hamlet (Act 2, Scene 2, lines 181-185)
Hamlet’s use of the imagery of a decomposing dead dog is a metaphor to the rotting state of Denmark and the corrupt goings-on.
Shakespeare tries to show that the sun, just like King Claudius, can spread corruption.