The Effects Of Revenge In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Gandhi once said, “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind (Gandhi).” While he had been speaking out against revenge as a whole and not Hamlet specifically, the quote fits, nonetheless. William Shakespeare’s Hamlet mainly centers around Prince Hamlet of Denmark who must create and execute a plot to murder King Claudius, his uncle and stepfather, after the potential ghost of his father reveals that Claudius is his killer. The story follows Hamlet and chronicles the effects of his decisions on those around him. Shakespeare utilizes morbid irony and shifting characterization to warn his audience that revenge leads to one becoming the person that they are trying to exact retaliation onto by chronicling Hamlet’s deteriorating morals as he turns into his worst enemy.
In the beginning of the play, Shakespeare makes Hamlet out to be a reasonable young man whom
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Hamlet’s apparent trustworthiness and dependability is clear when, in the first scene, Horatio and Marcellus make the decision to inform only Hamlet of the Ghost’s appearance and not the king nor anyone else. By the guards not telling anyone else about the mysterious spirit, Shakespeare informs the audience that Hamlet is considered by people, to be more trustworthy than the actual king. This is the first step in revealing Hamlet’s character and how the new king, King Claudius, is not completely accepted as Denmark’s king (Davies, 30). Later, as the play progresses, it is shown that Hamlet considers himself a practical young man; extreme emotions being considered unseemingly and bothersome. This is shown when discussing one of his country’s traditions, Hamlet remarks, “But to my mind, though I am native here And to the manner born, it is a custom More honored in the breach than the observance. This heavy-headed revel east and west Makes us

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