Revenge And Consequences Of Revenge In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

1024 Words 5 Pages
Macie johnson

Ms. Walter

LA 12

1 APR.2016

Hamlet 's Revenge

In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet, multiple characters use revenge causing irrational behaviors. In Hamlet the main character Hamlet is seeking revenge on his uncle for the death of his father. Claudius killed Hamlet 's father because he was jealous of him having the throne and all the power. Claudius took the action of killing Hamlet’s father in secrecy. Hamlet finds out by the ghost of his father. After finding out what had truly happened to him he took revenge on Claudius and also tried framing him. Hamlet created a play to represent the storyline of how Claudius killed his father to see if he got a rise out of claudius. Hamlet would show strange behavior to throw Claudius
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Hamlet returned home, then there was a fight between Hamlet and Polonius 's son Laretes. Claudius tried to kill Hamlet by poisoning his drink but, the queen drank it instead killing her. Also the sword Laretes was using had poison on the tip to kill Hamlet. But after Hamlet was stabbed and fatally wounded he managed to stab Claudius and kill him. So Hamlets whole family including Claudius all died. Claudius and Hamlet 's irrational behaviors which stem from there devilish revenge for each other, can be explained using principles of behavioral economics.

In Hamlet the main character Hamlet is seeking revenge and he starts to do that by staging a play. “The play 's the thing,

Wherein I 'll catch the conscience of the king”
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Claudius let his anger get to him and he got revenge on his brother and the royal family. Now Hamlet is seeking revenge for Claudius, for his family for his father he will make Claudius pay for what he has done. The revenge for Claudius backfires though and kills everyone in the family, so no one in the family can carry on to the throne. Letting this happen creates the power vs. moral, Claudius wants to be the only one to be able to rule.

Behavioral economics play a role in everyday life in all different situations. In Hamlet there is multiple situations displayed that are examples of Dan Ariely, and Malcolm Gladwell’s writing. These groups of writing explain the behavioral economics displayed in everyday life, now and in the past. Behavioral economics are ways of how certain situations or events can make people act a certain way. Either acting this way to get something or because you need to get ahead in life or you need to change something. In Hamlet, Claudius killed his brother to get to the throne then his nephew Hamlet acted strange trying to figure out a way to get back at him along the way he was using behavioral

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