Dynamics between Family Members in Hamlet. Your paper should be a minimum of 1500 words in length. The important thing to see is the relationship between all the family members involved, which more or less is the basic fundamental storyline of the entire play. Not one single relationship seems stable, whether it is mother or son, husband or wife or uncle and nephew. Everyone is just keeping up appearances, planning against each other which ultimately lead them to their destruction. It goes to show how blood and water really have no difference when people form their own agendas. Without a doubt, the entire course of actions could have been altered had a single relation shown a bit of the caliber that was required of someone in that arrangement.
Hamlet seems to be extraordinarily close to his father because even when members of the court have stopped mourning the death of the king, Hamlet is unable to let go. His mental stature is so deeply worn by this broken bond that he keeps seeing his father’s ghost which tells him he did not die a natural death but was actually killed by his uncle Claudius, the King’s brother. Reading between the lines, it seems Hamlet’s inner nature did not trust his uncle in the first place and his instincts were telling him that Claudius was behind this heinous crime. Throughout, he does not vocally blame Claudius and keeps his thoughts to himself, planning to take vengeance when the time is appropriate. He also believes his uncle cannot rise up to the stature of his father, as he says: “So excellent a king: that was to this, Hyperion to a satyr.” (Act 1, Scene 2) He compares his father, a God, to Claudius as an evil animal (Greenblatt, 2002, p.227).