Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet ' Essay examples

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One is often taught to ask for forgiveness beginning at a young age and is taught that if they do something wrong, then asking for forgiveness will help make it better. Revenge and forgiveness often times interfere with each other. When something goes wrong, someone wants revenge and someone wants to be able to forgive or ask for forgiveness. In William Shakespeare 's, Hamlet, it is shown that King Hamlet’s death, causes many to want revenge, while the others ask for forgiveness. A similar story is shown in Andre Dubus’s “Killings”, where a father goes on to take revenge for his son 's murder to only end up regretting the revenge he had taken. The stories show that to be able to move on successfully, it 's more beneficial to forgive rather than to seek revenge.
Forgiveness is sometimes asked for even though one does not mean it. As the story progresses, it is shown that Claudius is praying and asking for forgiveness, even though he really does not mean it. Claudius says, “It hath the primal eldest curse upon’t/ a brother 's murder/.. May one be pardoned and retain th’ offense” (III, iii, 41-42, 60). Claudius wants to ask for forgiveness, but he knows if he were to ask for forgiveness he would never get it because he still had the kingdom, crown, wife, and wealth. Claudius understood that for him to get forgiveness, he would have to give up all the luxuries he had killed his brother for in the first place and he did not want to do that. Claudius’s apology shows that he did…

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