Comparing the Results of Victor and Hamlet’s Choices Essay

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Though the feeling of revenge is meant to motivate a person to retaliate towards someone who did them wrong, it often harms themself in the process. In the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley and the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Victor’s devotion to acting on his revenge leads to his death, while Hamlet’s refusal to do so leads to being killed by a man who does take action. This reveals that a person devoted to revenge causes their own death as well as the deaths of people who take too long to act. After Victor creates a monster a spurns it for his appearance, it kills several people close to him, including his brother, best friend and wife. Hamlet meanwhile, discovers via his father’s ghost that his father was murdered by his …show more content…
Instead, Victor reveals how much the monster’s murder hurt him and how he will take action to stop the monster from further murder. Hamlet, however, only delays his revenge when he sees his best chance at killing his father’s murderer. On his way to speak to his mother, Hamlet witnesses Claudius praying in a vulnerable position. Hamlet decides not to kill Claudius because “he is fit and season’d for his passage” (3.3.86) while praying and it would be “hire and salary, not revenge” (3.3.79). Hamlet identifies that because Claudius is praying, therefore being cleansed of his sins, he would only be helping Claudius go to heaven by killing him. Because of this, Hamlet delays his action on revenge by making the excuse that he does not feel this would be proper revenge. Unlike Hamlet, Victor does not save his revenge for a time when the monster is vulnerable, but for when the monster is coming to attack him. After witnessing Victor cease to create his mate the monster warns Victor about his imminent return on Victor’s wedding night, prompting Victor to prepare a retaliatory attack against the monster, who killed Victor’s friend Henry after the warning. In preparation of the monster’s attack, Victor constantly carries weapons with him “and by these means [gains] a greater degree of tranquility” (201). The fact that Victor is calmed down by his pending battle with the monster shows his desire to act out on his

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