In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the lust for revenge forces characters to appeal to their nature or their honor. After learning of his father’s death upon returning from Wittenberg, Hamlet dons the mask of madness and contemplates a means of exacting revenge against Claudius. While Hamlet ponders the ethereal consequences of murder and revenge, his constant self-reflection paralyzes him from taking action. On the other hand, Laertes, a loving brother and civil son, finds himself in the same situation as Hamlet: Laertes leaves for France only to return and discover that his father has been murdered. However, Laertes does not mirror Hamlet despite seeking justice for the same reasons.
He even states that in his confrontation with King Claudius “Let come what comes, only I 'll be revenged Most thoroughly for my father.” (4.5.148-154) Laertes does not do much thinking when it comes to avenging his father. The opposite is said about Hamlet who spends too much time contemplating whether he should avenge his father. They both were in the same situation but went about it very differently. In the final confrontation between Claudius, Laertes and Hamlet their colliding motives leads to the death of each person.
(IV.iv.9.56). Hamlet is impressed by the forcefulness of characters like Fortinbras and Laertes, who turn thought into action quickly (Phillips). Laertes, who, like Hamlet, has a father to avenge, does not hesitate for a moment when seeking vengeance on his father 's murderer. As Hamlet decides to strive for this personal quality, he begins to act increasingly existential and
Hamlet gets crazier and crazier as the play goes on because he wants to prove that Claudius did it. Hamlet puts on a play about his father’s murder but uses actors to act it. He puts on this play because he wants Claudius to react to seeing this because he will know that Claudius realizes what is going on. Before the play beings he asks on he continues to watch king Claudius’ face so when he gets the reaction that he is looking for. Without realizing it, he finds out Claudius has gotten up and walked out.
In Hamlet, Shakespeare demonstrates that all actions have an equal and opposite reaction that can snowball out of control especially between what appears to be both internal and external conflicts between the old generation and the new generation. Hamlet’s initial conflict starts with Claudius killing King Hamlet which prompts young Hamlet to seek revenge on the advice of the ghost of his father. Young Hamlet spends most of the play lingering between action and inaction which adds to the tension and building conflict between the old generation and the young generation. Claudius, in turn, indirectly fights back by reassigning the original conflict to the young generation by which he expects to remain blameless and safe on the throne of Denmark. It is interesting to note that though the majority of Hamlet’s conflict takes place within a single family’s domestic problems, it begins to affect their closest confidants and an entire country.
Throughout the tragedy, the reader is lead to assume that the aspiration is sent from hell due to general Shakespearean ways. The reader witnesses Hamlet 's internal struggle and is quickly persuaded by the ghost to believe his tale of the death of Hamlet 's father. This scene is what sparks revenge and leaves Hamlet going mad. Also, take in consideration the credibility of his source of information. While Hamlet has no doubt that the information provided is accurate and significant, so to allow the actions taken in the book to occur as they did.
Hamlet quotes he is “revengeful, ambitious, with more offences at my beck” (III.i.126-127) when talking to Ophelia. He acknowledges his own ambition for revenge and is even able to admit to to, claiming that King Hamlet’s passing was constantly on his thoughts. His actions and intentions in the play all lead up to one thing: getting revenge on Claudius. Not only did Claudius murder him, he also stole Hamlet’s rightful position as king. Another example is during Hamlet confrontation with the ghost when he says “wings as swift, As meditation or the thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge” (I.iv.35-37).
This moment is important because, at this time, Hamlet realizes that he is now obliged to kill his uncle so that he can revenge his father's death. As we can see, after the play, Hamlet follows Claudius and decides to punish him in the more strict way instead of just kill
I dare damnation. To this point I stand, / That both the worlds I give to negligence, / Let come what comes, only I'll be revenged / Most thoroughly for my father.” (4.5.130-136) In contrast to Hamlet, after Laertes notices that his father’s Polonius dead, he quickly comeback from France.
A play of such sophistication takes thought and intelligence to be put together in such a way to draw attention. It takes sanity to have a goal and be determined to achieve it. Hamlet later gets into an argument with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern due to suspicion. Hamlet is infuriated at the betrayal he claims “‘sblood do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you (-- removed HTML --) fret me, you cannot play upon me”(III.ii.399-404).
5-7). In this instance, Macbeth shows that he can feel guilt, and he exhibits this by demonstrating that he does not desire to end the life of a man whose family was already victimized at his hands. Guilt is the one thing throughout the entire play that stops Macbeth dead in his tracks and causes him to take a moment to consider his present and future courses of action. Although Macbeth was lead to commit murder by the witches’ manipulative predictions of the future, he is the one who ultimately makes the choices that prove that he is in control of his actions, even when his actions cause him to be filled with
The absence of thought utilized as a part of demanding the vengeance prompted the passings of both Laertes and Hamlet. Laertes arranged with Claudius to slaughter Hamlet with the harmed tipped sword, yet they had not imagined that the sword may be utilized against them. With Laertes trusting the King 's allegations that Hamlet had killed his dad, he battles Hamlet and wounds him once with the harmed tipped sword. Village continues to twisted Laertes with the same sword, demanding his demise. Villa had numerous opportunities to slaughter his uncle, however his fury exceeded his better judgment; and he held up until the ruler could see no great in Claudius, and afterward strike him down into a universe of unceasing punishment. "
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” (Steinbeck, “Travels with Charley: In Search of America”) In other words, nothing can be appreciated without understanding its negative half. In this play by Shakespeare, Hamlet is indecisive and goes through a variety of problems in his quest for revenge.
TITLE Unlike many protagonists and old school plays, the literary usage of foils creates a majority of Hamlet’s nature, which are depicted by his developing traits and qualities; these traits and qualities are identified by supporting characters that serve as foils. In the play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Claudius had murdered Old Hamlet in order to be King of Denmark. This is where the ghost of Old Hamlet who told young Hamlet to get revenge for him. Giving revenge led Hamlet into causing one portion of Ophelia, once Hamlet’s lover, mad and Laertes’ father name Polonius death. Hamlet’s family believed that he was crazy, so Claudius sent him to England where Guildenstern and Rosencrantz got killed.
Is Hamlet’s revenge justified? The most important question would be: is revenge ever justified? Some people think that revenge is the one moral thing that they should do in that moment, and other people think that it is not a moral thing at all. Maybe deep into this question lies another reason that is more than revenge. Hamlet is the son of the King of Denmark; he was supposed to rule after his father.