The Thought Of Revenge In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Thought of Revenge Shakespeare 's Hamlet Theme is the underpinning element of all literature. It is inherent in the characters ' struggles and therefore to the story itself. In William Shakespeare 's play Hamlet, the theme of revenge develops plot and character. Revenge consumes Hamlet 's every move throughout the entire play. This all starts from the moment his father 's ghost tells him that his horrific death was not accidental. He was murdererd; poisoned by the new King, Claudius, also known as Hamlet 's uncle. Hamlet pretends to be insane to hide his true feelings of hate for the new King. He seeks the truth by reading the King 's body language when presented with a reenactment of Hamlet 's father 's death. Then the King acts in a…show more content…
Although, through his desire for blood and the underlying theme of revenge in the play, Hamlet shows the audience what a true philosopher is. Hamlet procrastinates seeking his revenge by initiating long and thoughtful soliloquies. He touches upon intense topics such as grief, life and death, the wisdom in suicide, and the importance of being true to one 's self. He is a lover of words, and that seems to be his greatest character flaw. The one time Hamlet acts without intense deliberation, he kills Polonius, the father of Ophelia and Laertes. This results in Ophelia going mad and ultimately killing herself, and Laertes storming back to Denmark from France with a huge mob ready to fight for him, and avenge the person who killed his father. "Thus conscience does make cowards of us all, and thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied o 'er with the pale cast of thought, and enterprises of great pith and moment with this regard their currents turn awry, and lose the name of action," said Hamlet (Act 3, Scene 1, Line 84). This means that the fear of death makes all humans cowards and that one 's born qualities of strength becomes weak because of overwhelming thoughts. The actions that…show more content…
Laertes is a Danish lord who currently studies in Paris. He is the son of Polonius, who is also a Danish lord, and the brother of beautiful Ophelia. At the beginning of Shakespeare 's Hamlet, Laertes seeks the permission of the new King, Claudius, to return to France. After doing so he then speaks to his father, receiving life advice before he sets off. Polonius tells Laertes that he must not be so quick to act on what he thinks, and he should not be quick to pick a fight but if he does, he needs to do his best. His father is foreshadowing what Laertes eventually does anyways. He is a very loving, passionate man, who seeks emotion from wherever he can. Laertes then leaves for France. As time passes, tension builds within Denmark. Hamlet 's Father had just been killed, a ghost appeared, Hamlet believes Claudius murdered his Father, which then leaves Hamlet in a state of madness, although he says he 's merely pretending. Hamlet confronts his mother about how wrong her new marriage is, and hidden behind a curtain, Polonius is stabbed by Hamlet, who believes it is Claudius trying to protect Gertrude. When Laertes hears the news of his father 's death, his love and obligation to him drives Laertes to a very passionate action. He storms home to Denmark from France with a mob defending him, ready to fight. Laertes invades the palace, then interrogates King Claudius at knife point demanding answers to who killed his

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