So far in Hamlet, I’ve learned that the late king was killed by his brother in a sick plot to take over the throne. Hamlet also could have taken the crown too as he was the legitimate aire but Claudius ended up marrying Hamlet’s mother in order to take the throne. This idea of doing whatever it takes to gain power reminds me of one of my favorite TV shows, A Game of Thrones.
In Westeros, there are many different families struggling to take the throne and become all powerful and rule in King’s Landing. The Targaryens once held power until the “mad king” was killed and the power was shifted to the Lannisters who currently remain in control. The Starks and Baratheon’s are also very key players in the struggle for power. The show highlights the relentless battle for the throne. Families would marry their children or kill off potential threats in able to gain power. One example was the planned marriage of Sansa Stark and Joffrey Baratheon that ultimately failed. Also, the red wedding, one of the most sickening scenes I will ever watch, was a plot to eliminate the core of the Starks as they were posing a threat to the Lannisters.
This comes back to my idea of the dangers of power that I wrote about in my House of Cards post. Men will do anything for power, especially back in the times that Hamlet and Game of Thrones is set. In the times of monarchy and autonomous power, these problems were more obvious and apparent then in our democracy. However, these ideas do appear in modern day USA nonetheless. Presidents run campaigns and act in a way that will obtain them votes. Mudslinging has been recurring in the American history.
The lust for power is universal and ubiquitous. Those in power must watch their backs and those seeking power must control themselves. Otherwise, the happenings in Game of Thrones may not be so unrealistic.