The Role Of Vengeance In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Hamlet, being a loyal son, has been prolonging his vengeance in order to properly take action against Claudius. After the play, Hamlet had the opportunity to kill Claudius, but Hamlet saw that he was praying to God for forgiveness for murdering his brother. He pondered whether to act or not, realized that killing Claudius at that instant would surely send him to heaven. Hamlet does not want him to be saved, but to suffer in hell doubtlessly how his father is suffering and having to endure a brutal punishment since he had no chance to confess his sins and be purified. He decided to delay his duty for a better time until he encounters Claudius behaving in a sinful way, either drunk in his sleep, angry, or in his incestuous bed. Therefore, …show more content…
Although Hamlet excessively grieved over his father’s death, provoking him to think about suicide; he never acted upon killing himself. Hamlet believed that committing suicide was completely wrong and it was extremely sinful. “Oh, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew, or that the Everlasting had not fixed his canon ‘gainst self-slaughter” (Ham. 1.2), Hamlet wishes his body would destroy itself and no longer suffer from the agony caused by his mother and his father’s death, but he knows that God is against such an immoral act. If only God did not prohibit suicide and declare it an immoral sin, he would take his life. He does not want to send his soul to hell rather than the soul of Claudius. Hamlet also is aware that committing suicide is not the best choice nor it will solve anything. He contemplates if suicide is the right choice but realizes that nobody chooses a life full of agony and betrayal; he questions and fears what would happen after death but without a doubt knows his soul would be condemned to …show more content…
After Hamlet was told by his father’s ghost that he was murdered by his uncle Claudius, he speaks to Horatio about his plans and thoughts. He tells his loyal friend, Horatio, that he vowed to his father that he would avenge his death. Hamlet also warns him that he will pretend to be mad, “How strange or odd some’er I bear myself, As I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on” (Ham. 1.5). He makes Horatio swear not to divulge his secret to anyone. Hamlet doesn’t want anyone to suspect of him and grab much attention towards him while he investigates more about his father’s death. He is also acting as a madman so he can unmask Claudius and reveal the truth to everyone, as well as properly avenging his father’s murder. His feigned madness has allowed Hamlet to keep Claudius and Gertrude distracted with his insanity and making them worry over his behavior and state of mind. Hamlet has absolutely mastered to deceive everyone he has encountered even though he has given plenty of hints that he is acting. Although, in reality Hamlet knows what is going on and sees how corrupted many of the people who claim to want to help him truly are. Regarding this, with the help of Hamlet’s strategic thinking

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