Heartbreak, Revenge, And Death In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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What would you be willing to do in the face of betrayal? How far would you be willing to go to avenge a loved one? What unspeakable things would you do in the face of heartbreak? All of these questions are answered for one man. In William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, Hamlet discovers that his father has been murdered by his own brother. Hamlet seeks to right the wrong done to his father, but is faced with many challenges along the way, such as having his mother marry the murderer of his father. Hamlet attempts to overcome all of these obstacles, but, in the end, Hamlet eventually meets his demise. In essence, the forces of heartbreak, revenge, and betrayal play a pivotal role in Hamlet’s downfall.
Heartbreak and losing the people we love can cause people to act in rash ways, which is exactly why it makes the perfect start for Hamlet. In Act One, Scene Two, Hamlet suffers from the heartbreak of losing a father he truly cherished. The pain and grief Hamlet sustains causes Hamlet to go into a deep depression and leads him to
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He cannot understand how he seems to be the one only grieving for his father. Mothers are supposed to show love and care for their children in their time in need. The only thing Gertrude seems to do however, is marry the murderer of his father. Not only does Hamlet feel that Claudius and Gertrude’s relationship is inappropriate, but Gertrude’s betrayal also prevents him for confronting Claudius about the murder of his father. Hamlet knows he must watch what he says against Claudius because Claudius become King when he married Gertrude. Had Gertrude not committed this betrayal against Hamlet, the entire course of Hamlet’s and Claudius’s disastrous plotting and planning may have never come to be. Hamlet deals with this betrayal by keeping most of his thoughts and opinions to himself. He takes up the act of madness to hide his knowledge and true feelings towards Claudius so that he can avenge his

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