Essay On Sweet Revenge In Hamlet

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Sweet Sweet Revenge Hamlet, considered Shakespeare’s best play deals in a large part with the topic of revenge. The characters in the play do not simply worry about how they will get their revenge, but they also find doubts in their minds about whether seeking their revenge would serve a good purpose and also about what they should do if they don’t seek out their revenge. Although the main character Hamlet definitely deals with seeking his revenge on King Claudius, the support character Laertes also has to deal with seeking his revenge against Prince Hamlet. Laertes’ thirst for the blood of Prince Hamlet does not set in until later in the play after Hamlet kills his father Polonius. Soon after the death of his father, Laertes seems …show more content…
Before entering the foil match with Hamlet, Laertes admits “I am satisfied in nature, whose motive in this case should stir me most to my revenge” (5.2.259-61). At this point, it seems that Laertes himself is not even sure that getting his revenge by killing Hamlet would be a good idea. He eventually reaches the point where it appears that he may even forgive Hamlet, but the King pressures him into going through with the plan to poison Hamlet. This issue relates to the peer pressure that not only appears in the play, but also in modern day. In this case, the pressure is of a negative nature because it may force Laertes to act in a manner that he wouldn’t normally if he had been left to himself to make the decision. For that reason, revenge is better sought without taking on the ideas and influences of others that may have a personal bias in the situation as in the case of the king who wanted Hamlet dead for most of the second half of the play once he found out that Hamlet knew of his father’s …show more content…
The king murdered Hamlet Sr. in cold blood without giving him a chance to repent his sins which caused him to now forever roam the lands in purgatory until he is either let into heaven or sent to hell. In addition to killing Hamlet Sr. the kind also plans to kill Hamlet Jr when he learns that Hamlet has learned about the assassination of his father by the king. The manner through which the king plans to kill Hamlet is a sneaky and very unnoble one that shows the king’s cowardness. He plans to poison Hamlet, but in a different manner than Laertes wishes, “A chalice for the nonce, wheron but sipping it he by chance escape your venomed stuck, our purpose may hold there” (4.7.183-185). With this known, killing the king is one of the only options that Hamlet that would both fulfil his revenge against the king and also in order to save his own life. Hamlet oftentimes is considered the best play that Shakespeare wrote. There is a good reason for that too as the factor of revenge that so often plays a critical role in modern times also played a huge role in the past. The expression of revenge through the multiple characters in this play create a tension and drama so fierce as to capture the reader into falling in love with the

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