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Nathan Saar

Miss Skirtich
19 October 2015
English 10: Honors World Literature

1. You Give Love a Bad Name (Bon Jovi)

Gertrude- Gertrude receives You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi because
of her unfaithful actions with men. She marries Claudius only a few days after he
murders her husband. She is in love with a bad man who happens to be her
husbands brother, so she actually Gives Love a Bad Name
2. Pumped Up Kicks (Foster the People)
Hamlet- Pumped Up Kicks relates to Hamlet because the song is about a boy who
is losing his mind because he is an outcast and plots revenge on his school. While
Hamlet is not an outcast nor taking his revenge on his school, he is going insane
just like the boy in the song and because of this insanity he plans to use murder as
3. Lose My Mind (Brett Eldredge)
Hamlet- One aspect of Hamlets craziness is believed to be because he is madly in
love with Ophelia. Polonius believes that this is the reason that Hamlet is going
mad. Lose My Mind by Brett Eldredge describes the insanity of somebody
when they are madly in love for somebody and the things they will do for that
4. Gunpowder and Lead (Miranda Lambert)
Hamlet and Ophelia- This song is about domestic violence and it fits perfectly
with Hamlet and Ophelia. Almost every time Hamlet is with Ophelia the
encounter turns to a physical struggle. In one scene Hamlet is angry at Ophelia
and throws her around forcefully which illustrates this song well because the
relationship is physical.
5. What Goes Around Comes Around (Justin Timberlake)
Hamlet and Claudius- Justin Timberlakes What Goes Around Comes Around
describes karma. This relates to Hamlet and Claudius because Hamlet wants
revenge on Claudius for killing his father and marrying his mother. Essentially,
Hamlet is planning karma and when Claudius is killed what goes around actually
comes around.
6. The Imperial March (John Williams)
Claudius- The Imperial March is better known as Darth Vaders theme song.
This applies to Claudius because I would imagine that if Claudius walked into a
room with his guards at his side this song would be playing. Claudius is an evil
king, just like Darth Vader, so it would make sense to have this song playing as
Claudius walks through the hallways of his castle
7. Count on Me (Bruno Mars)

Horatio- Horatio earns Count on Me by Bruno Mars because I feel like Horatio
is a trustworthy person that you can count on. Horatio is always there for Hamlet,
which is the reason why he is one of Hamlets only friends even after he turns
crazy. His other friends and family such as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern who
betrayed Hamlet and chose to spy on him.
8. Cats in the Cradle (Harry Chapin)
King Hamlet- In Harry Chapins Cats in the Cradle he sings about a father who
is not there for his son because he is always busy. Although King Hamlet was
killed instead of always being busy, it still shows the absence of the father figure
towards the son. It was not King Hamlets intent to leave Prince Hamlet without a
father, which is probably why Prince Hamlet has so much hate towards Claudius.
9. I Told You So (Carrie Underwood)
Ophelia- Carrie Underwood sings about messing up with another guy and
eventually coming back for forgiveness in her song I Told You So. This relates
to Ophelia because of her guilt. She feels like it is her fault that she lost Hamlet
and that he is going crazy. Just like Carrie Underwood sings about coming back
for forgiveness, Ophelia also tries to talk with Hamlet but his madness just makes
her feel even worse.
10. Crazy Train (Ozzy Osborne)
Hamlet- Crazy Train by Ozzy Osborne perfectly describes Hamlets increasing
madness. As Hamlet continues to go Off the rails he continues to become more
insane, just like Ozzy sings about. The main point is that as more Hamlet goes
through more he begins to actually become insane, even though he started off
faking it to draw out guilt.