Revenge in Hamlet

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Throughout the play of Hamlet by William Shakespeare it becomes apparent that revenge isn’t really worthwhile if you die in achieving it. Hamlet Sr. was murdered by his brother, Claudius, who then became king of Denmark and married his sister-in-law, Hamlet Sr.’s queen. Upon Hamlet’s discovery of the act of treachery he wants his revenge. In trying to accomplish it he kills an innocent man, Polonius. In result, the daughter of Polonius and former lover of Hamlet, goes mad and kills herself. The deaths of the innocent father and daughter cause another to seek revenge, Laertes. Laertes wants to avenge the deaths of his father and sister. The man who started it all is worried about being found out. In order to keep his actions covered up he teams up with Laertes to kill Hamlet. Claudius doesn’t know that hamlet’s friend, Heratio, also knows the truth about the death of the king. In the scene where everything is supposed to go as planned to kill Hamlet, Queen Gertrude drinks out of a poisoned cup intended for Hamlet and dies. Hamlet is wounded by an unblunted fencing sword with a poisone...
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