Essay about Revenge By William Shakespeare 's Hamlet

1503 Words May 9th, 2015 7 Pages
Revenge has caused the downfall of many people. Its consuming and addictive nature causes one to act recklessly through anger rather than reason. The endless cycle of hate becomes one’s addiction, and like all tales of compulsion, it leads one to crash and then burn. Revenge is an emotion that is easily rationalized; one wrong deserves another. However, this is a very dangerous theory to live by. This is clearly evident in Shakespeare’s Hamlet seeing that revenge is the play’s most dominant theme. In Hamlet, Shakespeare implies that revenge is acceptable and is as normal as the sun rising by utilizing a wide range of literary techniques such as irony, symbolism, imagery, and characterization. He also points out that revenge is a threat that acts as a disincentive to undeserved violence.
The general idea of Hamlet is to follow the journey of a son’s quest for revenge. In the play, Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, marries Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius after her husband was killed. Hamlet soon discovers his uncle was responsible for his father’s death after seeing his father’s ghost, who tells him what transpired. Hamlet then sets out for revenge on his uncle. Overall, Hamlet focuses on three revenge plots, all of which involve a son seeking vengeance for the death of a father. Hamlet’s revenge serves as the main revenge plot while Laertes and Fortinbras’ revenge are the subsidiary revenge plots. Laertes seeks revenge against Hamlet because he murdered his father, Polonius whereas…

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