In Shakespeare’s Sonnets, the theme of love is represented most extensively. The theme is expressed and easily connected with Hamlet, as stated by my classmates. However after reading the Sonnets 1, 18,29,73 and 116, I began to realize each sonnet as a representation of a character or personalities of the characters in Hamlet. Sonnets 1 and 29 represent Claudius and Sonnet 73 represents the reaction of the audience/king/queen to Hamlet’s apparent insanity.
Sonnets 1 and 29 represent Claudius by showing his nature. In Sonnet 1, Shakespeare talks about sharing of beauty and not letting it got to waste by keeping it to oneself. This represents Claudius’s thought process to usurp the Danish Kingdom from King Hamlet and provides for a possible reasoning behind the murder of King Hamlet. Sonnet 29 focuses more on a particular scene as well as the personality of Claudius. Its states how one begins to long for other people’s things, and prays to god(who does not listen), but in the end love helps him overlook his shortcomings. Claudius has a similar moment when he is kneeling and praying. He thinks of how terrible he is for killing his bother, however, he is aware that God will not hear his plea due to his lack of sincerity which stems from his love for Gertrude and his power.
Sonnet 73 represents what Hamlet represented and how the kingdom began to long for the old Hamlet. As the king and queen often state, Hamlet is a person who is dearly loved and respected by the Danish society. His transformation to a person who is almost murderous due to his love of his father is disliked by the people around him(Claudius, Ophelia, Gertrude,etc.). This makes each of them love him due to what they will lose as the transformation takes full hold of Hamlet-leaving the old Hamlet “dead.”