The Conscience In Hamlet

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The play “Hamlet” written by William Shakespeare is full of characters showing their conscience getting the best of them and losing their conscience as well. From Hamlet to Claudius and even Laertes, all showing some form of conscience and how they use or lose it throughout the play.
In my opinion Hamlet shows the most use of his conscience but eventually, because of all the events that occurred throughout the play, loses his conscience to execute his goal that was set by the ghost of his father. At the beginning of the play, Hamlet meets the ghost of his father, the ghost tells Hamlet his father was murdered and needs to seek revenge upon Claudius for the murder. However, Hamlet doesn't know if the ghost is really that of his father thus delays
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Claudius from the start of the play murdered Hamlet’s father and former king. Once Claudius had seen the play his conscience overwhelmed him causing him to make a scene and leave. Claudius prays to God thinking that God will forgive him and make everything alright. Claudius, still worrying about Hamlet, plans to ship Hamlet off to England in order to bury his conscience and get rid of the only person who knows the truth about him. When his plan fails, Claudius devises a plan to use Laertes in order to kill Hamlet. He plans to have Laertes fence Hamlet to tire him out and drink a poisoned drink. This plan also fails and Gertrude ends up drinking the poisoned drink and dies. Claudius’ conscience doesn't even show after Gertrude dies and ends up paying the price of not listening to his conscience with his life.
Laertes didn’t show much of a conscience. His emotions tended to get the best of him and over power him. When Laertes found out that his father had been killed, he trampled through the whole city, passed the royal guards to seek revenge on Claudius who he had thought had killed his father Polonius. Laertes seemed to disregard his conscience of possibly killing an innocent person out of anger for the fact that his father had been murdered. Again, once he found out it was Hamlet who had killed his father he instantly wanted to seek revenge upon him and plotted alongside Claudius to kill

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