Hamlet And Internal Conflicts In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Has revenge ever not backfired? Hamlet was written in the late 1500’s by William Shakespeare. It tells the story of a Prince who lost his father and has a hard time adapting to his new situations. Hamlet, the struggling Prince, must deal with the fact that his new father is his uncle, who killed his brother in order to seize the throne. In Hamlet, there is an internal conflict that a few of the characters struggle with. This internal conflict has to do with whether or not he should get revenge and how he should get revenge. Even though revenge has the connotation of rashness, it should be done with rational thought. Hamlet is able to think through his plan to his benefit, however Laertes and Claudius jump to their attack that ends with many …show more content…
To an exploit now ripe in my device,
Under the which he shall not choose but fall;
And for his death no wind of blame shall breathe,
But even his mother shall uncharge the practice,
And call it accident”
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To make the sword poisonous Laertes and Claudius were going “to an exploit now ripe in my [Laertes’] device.” The plan was to “ripe[n]” the tip of his sword with a ball of poison. At first, this seems like a smart decision, it is untraceable. At second glance, it can be realized that Laertes’ sword can be used against him as Hamlet proves. Later on in the plan, the two men seeking revenge claimed “not even his mother shall uncharge the practice” meaning this plan will run smoothly. They did not expect for Hamlet to be one step ahead. This whole plan was supposed to murder Hamlet without being framed for it and to live life normally after. With Hamlet striking Laertes and the king, the revenge plan could not be fulfilled. The plan falls through to start, however during the fight, Hamlet scrapes Laertes with the poisonous sword. This scrape is the cause of Laertes death, but it did not have to come to this. If Laertes and Claudius thought the plan out or were to accept the killing of Polonius as an accident, the demise of royal figures would not have taken place. Because of the two men’s attitudes and quick actions, not only did it kill themselves, but also all that were close to

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