Revenge causes corruption by changing an individual’s persona and nature. Obsession to revenge brings forth difficulties such as destroyed relationships. Finally, revenge can be the foundation to the ultimate sacrifice of fatality. Hamlet goes to show that revenge is never the correct route to follow, and it is always the route with a dead
Hamlet is showing how eager he is to avenge his fathers death, and he knows to kill Claudius the new king; in the back of Hamlets mind he still wants to avenge his mother for marrying Claudius. But at the same Hamlet has doubts about what he has been told by the ghost, “the spirit that I have seen May be the devil: and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps, Out of my weakness and my melancholy, As he is very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me. I 'll have grounds more relative than this. The play 's the thing wherein I 'll catch the conscience of the King” (II, II, DCXXVII- DCXXXIV). Hamlet is still having doubts on whether or not the ghost of his father is telling the truth or not, or if the ghost leaving him astray.
The ghost of Hamlet’s father influences Hamlet to seek revenge who would otherwise contemplate the subject to death, GHOST: Revenge his foul murder and most unnatural murder. HAMLET: Murder? GHOST: Murder is most foul, as in the best it is, / But this is most foul, strange and unnatural. HAMLET: Haste me to know’t; that I, with wings as swift / As meditation or the thoughts of love, may sweep to my revenge (I, v, 25-31). Notably, the ghost tells Hamlet to enact his revenge in the opening scenes of the play; he seems hesitant, as if he questions death for the first time.
Yet, the Ghost of Hamlet 's father has required revenge for precisely the kind of killing that the villain of the play is about to commit. Reality or cliché? -- Irritated with the bad acting of the antihero in the play, Hamlet calls out, "Come, 'the croaking raven doth bellow for revenge '" (3.2.253-254). The literary device that is highlighted within this quote consist of a metaphor. This quote reveals that Hamlet is giddy as he gives away his plan, although Claudius does not end up realizing the truth behind what he said.
To his disappointment he finds the person to be Polonius, and not the king. This is a bit of irony, since Hamlet ceased to hesitate and killed an innocent person anyway. After all of the procrastinating and delaying, Hamlet finally receives justice. He exposes the king as a conspirator and cuts his throat, but loses his own life in doing so. Hamlet?s hesitation prolonged his emotional agony, but it succeeded in amplifying his anger and desire for justice.
However, through his thoughts, and actions, the reader can see that he is in fact putting up an act, he is simply simulating insanity to help fulfil his fathers duty of revenge. Throughout the play, Hamlet shows that he understands real from fake, right from wrong and his enemies from his friends. Even in his madness, he retorts and is clever in his speech and has full understanding of what if going on around him. Most importantly, Hamlet does not think like that of a person who is mad. Hamlet decides to portray an act of insanity, as part of his plan to seek revenge for his fathers murder.
Thus he delays his revenge in order to intensify the misery of the other characters. This also casts a most inauspicious light upon Hamlet, but only if the general premise of the book is true, that Hamlet is the hero and is not enslaved to evil. That general premise is false. For even the Prince admits that he may be under the thrall of the Devil, who is able to “assume a pleasing shape” and is “very potent with such spirits [of melancholy]”. The first victim to fall under Hamlet’s preternatural wrath is Polonius.
As well as Hamlet is giving clues to Claudius, that Hamlet knows who killed his father. Hamlet asks for a play that gives the same story line to scare his uncle. This is a tactic to send not only Hamlet into insanity but also Claudius. The tactic of the play works Claudius is fearful of what Hamlet knows about the murder of King Hamlet. Prince Hamlet is now fearful of everyone that is proximate to him.
The first instance is when Hamlet begins to replicate madness. When he begins to fake his madness, a change in Hamlet’s fortune becomes apparent, as this causes various people, Claudius included, to become suspicious of Hamlet, every move he does to be watched and monitored. Hamlet had the chance to kill Claudius as he prayed, but did not so as hit would grant Claudius into heaven, which would mean a non-exact vengeance. The other main point of peripeteia is the point where Hamlet slays Polonius hiding behind the curtain. At this point when Hamlet kills Polonius, his reversal of fortune begins to turn around for the worst.
Hamlet’s choice of words such as “like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause(580)” shows Hamlet’s feelings of uselessness for not being stirred to act upon the revenge he has pro... ... middle of paper ... ... This is seen in the line “the spirit that I have seen might be the devil, and the devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape(610-612)”. I think that this reasoning is just an excuse for Hamlet’s procrastination as during his encounter with the ghost; he seemed to be somewhat convinced that the ghost is his father as he starts to think about revenge. He acts in a hypocritical manner, taking no actions into his own hands other than the staging of this play in which he will accomplish nothing. While Hamlet could infer that Claudius is guilty through the play, it will not put Hamlet any closer to the fulfillment of his promise and so Hamlet will find himself at the same position as before.