How does the following quote pretain to "Hamlet":"All things may corrupt when minds are prone to evil"?

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luannw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Act 3, sc. 3, Claudius, in a soliloquy, talks about the guilt he feels for having killed his brother, King Hamlet.  He agonizes over the fact that he killed him for "My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen."  Claudius's intentions in killing his brother were evil.  This evil desire to be the king and to have Gertrude corrupted him to the extent that he killed his own brother, "...the primal eldest curse...".  This corruption, the something "...rotten in the state of Denmark," ultimately leads to the deaths of so many: King Hamlet, Polonius, Ophelia, Gertrude, Laertes, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and even to Claudius himself.  Claudius's act of killing his brother set into motion the domino effect of all the other deaths - thus the corruption in Denmark. The one act led Claudius to scramble to cover up the death which led to the sword fight between Hamlet and Laertes which led to their deaths and Gertrude's death (and Claudius's death).  The act led Hamlet to his "test" with the play. That led to Polonius's death and Ophelia's madness and death.  Claudius's attempt to get rid of Hamlet led to the deaths of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.  Lots of corruption from an evil mind and lots of death.

lovesenglish | Student

I think you'll find it is "pertain" and not "pretain"