Social And Ethical values as Projected in Shakespeare’s Hamlet


Molleti Bala Krishna & D. Jyothirmayee (Professor & Research Supervisor)
Adikavi Nannaya University, Rajamahendravaram.


This research paper focuses on the importance of social and ethical values in the human civilization.It describes how William Shakespeare portrays the importance of these values in his famous tragedy,Hamlet.These values are eternal that determinethe destiny of human society ever. Values are stable and long-lasting beliefs about the important aspectsto a person. They become standards by which people control their lives and make their choices .A belief will develop into a value, when the person’s commitment to it grows and they see it as important. Human civilisation depends upon these values .Values are different kinds like spiritualvalues, moral values, ethical values etc. William Shakespeare portrays the values of his period in most of his dramas. One of his tragic-dramas,Hamlet,reflects the values of the society through the protagonists Claudius, Gertrude, Laertes, Hamlet and Horatio. Claudius kills his own brother, the king of Denmark, treacherously for the sake ofthe throne and power.He does not follow moral values in his life in orderto achieve his selfish motives. Besides, he remarries the wife of his own brother and devises many plots to kill the prince Hamlet, the son of his brother. As a result of shattering moral and ethical values, he welcomes the tragic death to many lives in the drama, Hamlet.