Read about all of the main Hamlet themes with our concise Hamlet theme guide. The Hamlet themes covered include revenge, death, uncertainly and the state of Denmark.
It is interesting that Hamlet
is a revenge tragedy driven by a protagonist unable to commit to the act of revenge. It is Hamlet’s inability to avenge the murder of his father that drives the plot forwards.
Death permeates Hamlet
right from the opening scene of the play, where the ghost of Hamlet’s father introduces the idea of death and its consequences.
major themes, a number of sub-themes emerge in the play including the state of Denmark, sexuality, incest and uncertainty.