Essay Analysis Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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August Napier once said, ““In each family a story is playing itself out, and each family 's story embodies its hope and despair.” William Shakespeare sets his play, Hamlet, as a comparison between Hamlet, Fortinbras, and Laertes. All three of these young men have lost their fathers and demonstrate different goals and methods of seeking vengeance. Shakespeare creates a triple mirror of relationships in Hamlet by showing the different approaches the men take to achieve the same goal- to avenge their father’s deaths.
Hamlet wants revenge on his uncle Claudius for killing his father, but delays his retribution. His first excuse is that his informant, the Ghost, is just a devil in disguise attempting to convince him to commit a sin, “Maybe a {devil,} and the {devil} hath power” (119). The next excuse Hamlet has, when presented with the opportunity of killing Claudius, is that he cannot kill his uncle while he is praying because he will be sent to heaven instead of hell. He says, “A villain kills my father, and for that, I, his sole son, do the same villain send to heave” (167). Shakespeare presents Hamlet as a man of words and no action. Hamlet spends majority of the play as a crazy man. Hamlet ends up killing his lover’s father, Polonius, causing things to stir up between him and Laertes. He even compares himself to Fortinbras and condemns himself for not acting sooner in act 4 scene 4.“How stand I then, that have a father killed, a mother stained, excitements of my reason and…

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