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Revenge Theme In Hamlet

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In Williams Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, there are many themes. Revenge is the biggest theme in this play. The idea of Revenge plagues Hamlet and causes many tragic deaths in its wake. Hamlet who consumed by the need of revenge is the cause of all of the deaths in the play. The deaths that are directly caused by the sense of revenge is in order, Polonius, Ophellia, Guildenstern and Rosencrantz, Gertrude, Laertes, Claudius, and Hamlet himself. Revenge is the downfall of all of the characters in the play. While there are many themes to this play, revenge is the key to what makes this play a tragedy.
The first death to make these scenes fall into place is the death of Hamlet’s father. In the opening scene we learn that the King, Hamlet’s father,
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Horatio has come to the funeral of Hamlet’s father, but Hamlet states that he will be here for a wedding, “I prithee, do not mock me, fellow student./ I think it was to (see) my mother’s wedding” (Act 1.2.184-185). Hamlet is not exactly thrilled with his mother Gertrude marrying the new King, his Uncle. The scene then shifts to the scene four and five. This scene is the pentacle of the revenge theme. Hamlet sees his dead father’s ghost and learns that his father was murdered by his brother Hamlets uncle, “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder./ Murder?/ Murder Most foul, as in the best it is,/ But this most foul, strange, and unnatural” (Act 1.5.31-34). After this scene between Hamlet and his dead father, the death toll will begin to…show more content…
Hamlet has been pretending to be mad, and goes to his mother chambers. Hamlets mother Gertrude is upset with him for offending his stepfather/uncle. Hamlet begins to get angry and hostile towards his mother. The two of them begin to argue and out of grief and revenge the first death of the play happens. Polonius has a knack for spying on people. Polonius is hiding behind the curtain spying on Hamlet and his mother. Polonius is determined to suggest that Hamlet is mad because he is deeply in love with Ophellia. Unfortunately when Hamlets mother yells out in distress is get Polonius attention, “What wilt thou do? Thou wilt not murder me?/ Help, ho!/ What ho! Help!” (Act 3.4.26-28), this alerts Hamlet that there is someone behind the curtain. Hamlet in is fit of revenge thinks that it is the King, and stabs the man through the curtain. Hamlet finds out that it was not the King, but Polonius. This death was directly involved by Hamlets mind being clouded by revenge. Hamlet is overrun in his mind with the idea of revenge for his father’s murder, his uncle, that he lashes out without knowledge and kills an innocent Polonius. This murder is the first, but it will not be the last for
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