The Revenge Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essay

717 Words May 9th, 2015 3 Pages
Revenge is a major theme in the play Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare. In this tragedy, young Fortinbras, Laertes, and Hamlet were all looking to seize revenge on the death of their fathers. Revenge causes someone to act blindly through anger, rather than having a reason. This is exactly what happened to these men, causing the downfall of two, and the rise to power of one. Hamlet sought revenge for the murder of his father, Old Hamlet, by his uncle, who is now King Claudius. Hamlet is first visited by the ghost of his father in the first Act of the play. His father reveals to Hamlet that he was not killed by a snakebite, but rather by his own brother who poured poison in his ear while he was asleep. The ghost of Hamlet’s father then orders him to “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.” (Shakespeare 34). HAMLET
[…] I do not know
Why yet I live to say 'This thing 's to do; '
Sith I have cause and will and strength and means
To do 't. Examples gross as earth exhort me:
Witness this army of such mass and charge
Led by a delicate and tender prince,
Whose spirit with divine ambition puff 'd
Makes mouths at the invisible event,
Exposing what is mortal and unsure
To all that fortune, death and danger dare,
Even for an egg-shell. Rightly to be great
Is not to stir without great argument,
But greatly to find quarrel in a straw
When honour 's at the stake. How stand I then,
That have a father kill 'd, a mother stain 'd,
Excitements of my reason and my blood,
And let…

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