Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold Essay

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One of the most iconic and used phrases in the English language is, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” English speakers learn it from a young age and continue hearing it for years to come; it permeates well-known pieces of literature, articles of media, and quite a few lectures from parents and guardians to their young ones. But how often to people really think about what the phrase means? Is it conveying that one can only truly find revenge if they have “cold” hearts, or does it mean that revenge is only for those who have only the “coldest” intentions? Famous playwright William Shakespeare attempts to give his audience insight into the meaning of this age-old phrase through the rich velvet anomaly that is the tragedy, Hamlet. Through primarily Prince Hamlet’s actions, as well as the use of wording and symbolism in his famous play Hamlet, Shakespeare presents the theme that the pursuit of revenge ultimately leads to tragedy throughout the course of his play. Hamlet is a play about a prince of the same namesake, who, for the most part has quite a bit on his plate. When the play opens, we learn that Hamlet’s father is recently deceased, and Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude, was quick to marry Hamlet’s uncle, who thus becomes King Claudius and Hamlet’s stepfather. The ghost of Hamlet’s deceased father shows up at the night of King Claudius’s and Queen Gertrude’s wedding, appearing before the guards. After the wedding, Horatio is then introduced, telling Hamlet about his…

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