Shangara Flora 23/04/2012
Marxism Analysis Presentation Information
Points from Hamlet:
1. Ophelia’s brother discourages her and her father forbids her from further romantic
interactions with Hamlet because of his high class (royalty) versus her lower (servant
to the royal family) class.
2. Although this is not entirely revealed in the play ‘Hamlet’ but more so in the movie
‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead’ (which gives us a different perspective of
Hamlet), it is revealed that the driving force behind Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s
compliance with the King’s orders is their fear of the repercussions that may result if
they do not obey what they’re told. And, another driving force is that the King is
offering to give them a sum of wealth for their compliance.
Evidence #1: Laertes speaks with Ophelia about Hamlet and says, ‘His greatness weighed, his
will is not his own, for he himself is subject to his birth.’ (I.iii.17-18), and in these lines, what he
means to say is that since Hamlet is royalty, there is no possible way that he will ever end up
with Ophelia (who is not of royalty), because those of royalty only married others of the same
social status. Moreover, her father forbids her of furthering her relationship with Hamlet and
makes the claim that, ‘When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul gives the tongue vows.’
(I.iii.116-117) which means that, Hamlet’s love is only a spur of the moment, and he desires to
be with Ophelia, thus, he will say anything to get his way.
Connection to Marxism: We see here that, since Ophelia and Hamlet are of two different social
classes, the idea of them having a relationship is immediately frowned upon and forbidden under
the premise that Ophelia is not worthy of Hamlet (due to his royalty).
Evidence #2: When we are first introduced to the characters