Essay on Revenge By William Shakespeare 's Hamlet

1220 Words May 8th, 2016 5 Pages
The definition of revenge is “to exact punishment or expiation for a wrong on behalf of, especially in a resentful or vindictive spirit” (Harper, Douglas). And William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is all about revenge. There are many instances of wanting revenge throughout the play. Although some examples might be clearer than others, revenge is the biggest theme of this play. Throughout the play, many of the characters seek vengeance upon one another. The characters in this play will not stop until they get what they are looking for; but unfortunately, looking to get even can often end in one’s own demise. When King Hamlet’s ghost appears, he tells his son he wants vengeance on his killer. “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder,” (1.5.25). Upon finding out that his uncle has murdered his father, Hamlet decides he needs to get back at Claudius. He does not want anyone to know yet that he has seen his father’s ghost, so he pretends like he is mad. When he does this, he tells his girlfriend, Ophelia, that he never loved her so she will not be suspicious of him. Hamlet wants revenge on Claudius because he has taken everything away from Hamlet. “Does it not think thee, stand me now – upon he that hath killed my king and whored my mother, popped in between th’ election and my hopes, thrown out his angle for my proper life, and with such coz’nage – is’t not perfect conscience to quit him with this arm? And is’t not to be damned to let this canker of our nature come in further…

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