William Shakespeare 's Hamlet And King Lear

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“When you begin a journey of revenge, start by digging two graves: one for your enemy, and one for yourself,” said Jodi Picoult, author of Nineteen Minutes (Revenge). With acts of revenge, not only is the receiver of the revenge being destroyed, but the avenger as well is being damaged in the process of enacting his or her revenge. Audiences can typically relate and identify for the character seeking revenge against a villainous character, for each of the characters seeking revenge seem to be on a virtuous attempt (Prosser, Shakespeare and Revenge). The most resembling aspects is the struggle that the protagonist must face while trying to collect his or her moral’s stance on the revenge he or she is looking to commit (Keyishian, Problematic Revenge in Hamlet and King Lear). This is no different than in Hamlet, where the title character, Hamlet struggles in the revenge he feels obligated to fulfill for his father. Shakespeare’s Hamlet shows the psychological and emotional damage that revenge causes to individuals, using Shakespeare’s ability to capture the struggles and triumphs of seeking revenge through Hamlet’s character. Shakespeare is one of the most well known authors in the world, writing countless sonnets and plays that are still discussed in the present day. Revenge motifs appear throughout almost every play that Shakespeare wrote (Prosser, Shakespeare and Revenge). Revenge is one of the most relatable conflicts that some people have to face; it is understandable that Shakespeare could easily write in the theme and the acts of revenge as much as he did. One of Shakespeare’s most famous plays that heavily feature revenge and its consequences is Hamlet. In Hamlet, the main focal point is the young prince, Hamlet who is stru... ... middle of paper ... ...ntil his death, Hamlet tries to cope with all the strife that came along in his revenge against King Claudius. Shakespeare cleverly constructed a story of revenge through a relatable and struggling character such as Hamlet in which audiences could not help but identify with. Hamlet presents a unique fight in the emotional stress and turmoil thrown his way. Left with very little instruction, Hamlet was forced to find a way to enact the revenge that he felt obligated to fulfill for his father’s sake. During his entity of revenge, Hamlet suffered damage to his emotional and psychological state. Hamlet dies fighting to avenge his father’s death, leaving the question on whether the result of avenging his father was worth the damage and pain he endured to reach his revenge. Does revenge truly justify the emotional and mental distress that is endured to reach the revenge?

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