Most people believe that in the case of Hamlet it is actually the theme of revenge that causes the story to move forward. I do agree that revenge does have an effect of the story, but not as strong as conflict does. An example is the plot follows the battle of Hamlet and Claudius. Hamlet wants revenge on Claudius killing his father (Shakespeare, 39). Claudius wants Hamlet out of the picture by any way possible before that kid spoils his plan.
Although this is deeply rooted in his character, his obsessive thoughts are a product of continuous grieving. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet learns from a ghost of his father’s brutal murder. Hamlet weeps and plans to take action but doesn’t deliver. Instead he plots his revenge and waits for the perfect moment to avenge King Hamlet. 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.
Shakespeare enforces this idea by having Hamlet deal with three different revenge stories, all having to do with a son avenging his father. First there is hamlet wanting revenge on Claudius, then Laertes wants revenge on hamlet and last Fortinbras wants revenge on all of Denmark. These three stories all develop and produce the major theme of revengeful actions never having the best outcomes. The first and most important story of revenge is Hamlet wanting to kill his Uncle Claudius, after Claudius kills Hamlets father. Shakespeare begins the whole idea of revenge very early in the story when the ghost comes and tells Hamlet of what his uncle has done.
The obsession and need for revenge displayed by our two main characters eventually led them both to their downfall. Not only did it hurt themselves, but many others close to them. Ophelia’s death, for example could be blamed on Hamlet’s desire for revenge, whilst Hamlets death occurred as a result of Laertes quest to avenge his father’s death. Hopefully, it is easy to see why I believe that revenge is the core theme in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Revenge shapes the entire plot of the play and could be blamed for corrupting Hamlet and Laertes, making them almost evil in their final intentions.
Throughout the play readers will realize Shakespeare’s creativness to use vengeance, death and insanity to emotionally drive his characters to their death or to their prosperity. The theme takes an early shape in this play almost as soon as the play starts with Hamlet’s father would enter the scene as a ghost telling Hamlet how he was murdered by his brother Claudius. The ghost will ask Hamlet if he would murder Claudius to justify his death and Hamlet would answer without reasoning or thought he would accept this challenge. As the theme is unfolding Shakespeare introduce to us characters better known as foils. A foil is a character who is usually a complete contrast to the main character to highlight their features ... ... middle of paper ... ...es landing a blow on Laertes killing him, he then feels the poison act upon his body and quickly work his way to the King swiftly raising the dagger and executes him.
68). Hamlet wants to kill the King, but recognizes that he would be the same villain if he did so at that moment. Instead of slaying Claudius at his first opportunity after the play, Hamlet decides to do the deed while his uncle is in the middle of committing a sinful act. “When he is dru... ... middle of paper ... ...; only I'll be revenged most throughly for my father” (Laertes, pg. 86).
Hamlet is amongst the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature. The relevance of the play in today’s modern text is evidently shown. Hamlet is one of those distinctive plays that depicts tragicomedy. In Hamlet, Shakespeare argues that the consequences of revenge are dangerous. In particular, this theme is developed in Act1, when the ghost wants revenge for his death, In Act 3, when Hamlet plans to murder Claudius in revenge of his father’s death and in Act 4, when Laertes prepares to murder Hamlet in revenge for his father’s death.
Hamlet questions what may or may not happen however Laertes just wants the revenge fast and effective. Although these characters have different standards when it comes to revenge, they both immediately blamed and directed their anger towards Claudius when they found out their father’s were dead. Hamlet’s reason to blame Claudius is simply because he is his father’s murderer. In 1.5 while Hamlet is talking to the ghost of his father he says, “Haste me to know ’t, that I, with wings as swift/As meditation or the thoughts of love/May sweep to my revenge” (Shakespeare 1.5.31-33). At first is seems as if Hamlet would seek revenge right away because he seems eager to find out who the killer is and when he does find out he says he knew it was Claudius all along.
He speaks that if Hamlet eternally valued his father, he will "Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder" (1.5.25). The quote that is highlighted here is a simile, this is done by using a comparison involving one thing with an additional one and of a different kind. This quote also highly affects the plot. We can see that Shakespeare uses revenge to demonstrate the purpose behind each character. This will show the situations that have caused a sense of obligation a person owes and the duty in which Hamlet must listen to his
However, quickly after Hamlet's father dies, Claudius succeeds the throne by wedding Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude. This precipitous event makes Hamlet furious. These triggers lead Hamlet to plan to kill Claudius however, he is indecisive about when to commit the murder. He begins to pretend he is mad, so he can plot against Claudius without anyone becoming suspicious. As the play unfolds, Hamlet's procras... ... middle of paper ... ...ge his father.