Cause Of Revenge In Hamlet

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Hamlet’s struggle to re-order Denmark by killing Claudius results in many undeserving deaths. His deceitful method to reach his goal destroys his relationships with characters such as Ophelia and Gertrude. Hamlet’s reluctance to capitalize on his many given opportunities to kill King Claudius results in other characters contributing to the chaos he created which could have been easily preventable. Although he reaches his goal at the end of the play, many lives were undeservingly lost in the process including his own. Hamlet’s wicked but clever method clearly aids him in reaching his goal, but also attracts unwanted forms of attention causing a negative impact on his relationships. He believes that by putting on an antic disposition,…show more content…
After the pray The Mouse Trap, It is proven that Claudius killed Hamlet’s father. Claudius is then vulnerable while praying giving Hamlet the perfect opportunity to stab him. Hamlet decides not to kill him right there because he was praying. He says “Now might I do it pat, now he is praying; And now I 'll do 't. And so he goes to heaven, And so am I revenged. That would be scann 'd. A villain kills my father; and for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send To heaven”(Act 3, Scene 3, 80). Hamlet is a religious person and believes that if he kills Claudius while he is supposedly confessing his sins, he would be sent to heaven straight away so he decides to wait until he can catch Claudius in a sinful act. If hamlet did kill Claudius, he would have gone to hell because he admitted he was not confessing once Hamlet left. When Hamlet is given the second opportunity to kill “Claudius”, he acts without thought by stabbing a figure through the curtain turning out to be Polonius. This is how the chaos in the play reaches its peak. Hamlet ruins his relationship even more with other characters while creating more distrust. This results in Claudius sending Hamlet to England to be executed. Hamlet’s hesitancy to kill Claudius when he had the chance gives Claudius the upper hand allowing him…show more content…
After Hamlet kills Polonius, Claudius sends Hamlet to his death in England along with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. However, Hamlet figures this out by finding a letter. He rewrites the letter in order to have Guildenstern and Rosencrantz killed instead. Ophelia is driven to further insanity after losing his father and commits suicide. She sings “He is dead and gone, lady, He is dead and gone; At his head a grass green turf, At his heels a stone”. Ophelia’s death is very tragic and undeserving. Polonius’s death provokes his son, Laertes into seeking revenge. Claudius then uses Laertes to get rid of Hamlet in a sword fight. Laertes stabs Hamlet, Hamlet stabs him back and kills him. Both Laertes and Hamlet are young noble men who are do not deserve to be killed. Right before Laertes dies, he says “He is justly serv 'd. It is a poison temper 'd by himself. Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet. Mine and my father 's death come not upon thee, Nor thine on me! *Dies*”(Act 5, Scene 2,327-331). He is willing to forgive Hamlet which shows that he is morally sound. Claudius has a back up plan to poison Hamlet if he wins by offering him a drink, but Gertrude ends up drinking the poison, killing her. Gertrude is an innocent woman with sexual needs who didn’t deserve to die as well. Before Hamlet dies, he finally
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