Conspiracy of Family Values
C.S. Lewis once said, “Reason is the natural order of truth but imagination is the organ of meaning.” Imagination spears every emotion that can be felt, heard, or said. Literature shapes mental state in much the same way. Dramatic literature sparks natural order to feel, understand, and respond to illustrations in verse. Eric Levy exclaims that “the thinking of characters [in Hamlet] is embedded in a matrix of concepts without which they could not think." William Shakespeare masterminds the art of allegory, metaphor, and forethought in his works. Character mapping so elaborate that it is the center of discussion some four hundred years after his death. Shakespeare’s method of storytelling poetically speaks volumes about values, decisions and character that affect, not only, personal relationships but cultural boundaries ever present in this modern 21st century. No personal relationship is more profound in Shakespeare’s work than the perceptions that are illustrated between Hamlet and Claudius in the work The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Claudius is a murderer with an agenda to rid himself of the prior king’s bloodline; wherein Hamlet is a young prince struggling to understand the truth. Claudius and Hamlet are two men bonded by motive, agenda and fear to disprove the other and bring closure to their individual plights.