The Encapade Of Revenge In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Douglas Horton once said, "While seeking revenge, dig two graves - one for yourself." These words mesh with Shakespeare 's play Hamlet, as the titular protagonist is seeking revenge for the murder of his father, whose killer is Hamlet 's uncle, Claudius. Hamlet dons a new persona to carry out this deed, by faking insanity. But this act ends up hurting more than helping, as Hamlet keeps sidestepping and not acting upon his will to kill Claudius, and instead plots, plans, and hurts the wrong people. Then in the end, Hamlet 's escapade of revenge ends up ending the lives of those he loves, those who are his friends or acquaintances, the one he meant to kill all along, and even his own. Revenge ends up causing chaos and ruins the character 's lives. …show more content…
To add injury to insult, Hamlet accidentally kills her father (another byproduct of Hamlet 's actions), pushing her over the edge and therefore sending her into a madness, but a real one and not faked like Hamlet 's. This all then culminates with her accidentally drowning in a river. The other afflicted loved one in the story to be killed is Gertrude. Hamlet does not in any way have any direct involvement in it, but it is his actions that do cause it. Because of Hamlet 's wild antics on his "noble" crusade, Laertes and Claudius poison a cup of wine and try to get Hamlet to drink it, but on the contrary, Gertrude ends up drinking the poison, ending up dead where she lay (V.ii.279). These two women 's deaths are both unintended by Hamlet, but are nevertheless brought to reality because of Hamlet 's act of insanity for his vengeful …show more content…
First to boot, there is Polonius. As mentioned before, Polonius is a poor soul accidentally ended by Hamlet, and this time ended of Hamlet 's own accord. As Hamlet and Gertrude were starting to struggle in Act 3 Scene 4, Polonius cries for help as Gertrude does, prompting Hamlet to think that he is Claudius, and hastily shoves a rapier through a curtain into Polonius ' hiding place and into Polonius himself. After that, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were killed next. They were not killed by Hamlet himself, but Hamlet’s devilish trickery made their deaths so. The duo was tasked by Claudius to deliver a message to the king of England to execute Hamlet upon arrival to England. Hamlet deduced this plan and was able to alter the message to get England to kill Rosencrantz and Guildenstern instead of himself and Hamlet would jump their ship and escape back to Denmark (V.ii.262-263). More people dead from Hamlet 's actions. Lastly, there is Laertes. Laertes had every intention of ending Hamlet 's life after the death of his father and sister and coated his flail in poison for their fencing match. But in the fencing match between the two men, Laertes sees the error in his ways after Hamlet apologizes for everything he 's done, but is then resigned to his fate when Hamlet gets Laertes ' rapier out of his hands and (not knowing it

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