The Tragedy Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essay

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“The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” captures the ultimate division of a family following murder, deceit, and betrayal. Arriving home after his father’s death, Hamlet finds his uncle Claudius is married to his mother Gertrude and has taken the throne from its rightful heir, himself. This shocking news appalls Hamlet, who receives an explanation from the guards. After being informed of his father’s ghost, the previous King Hamlet, and speaking to the figure, Hamlet learns a frightening truth about his father’s death. The ghost claims that Hamlet’s uncle Claudius murdered him while he was sleeping and that is why he seeks Hamlet, to persuade him to seek revenge for his death. Although Hamlet has many opportunities to kill his new stepfather, Claudius, he delays doing so because he is deliberate, sly, and seeks a just revenge for his father’s death.
For numerous reasons, Hamlet deliberately delays seeking revenge on Claudius for the death of his father. After receiving the dreadful news of his father’s death, Hamlet is wounded once more by the truth behind his father’s murder. He says, “Thrift, thrift, Horatio. The funeral baked meats/Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables./Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven/Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio!” (I, ii, 181-184). Essentially, Hamlet thinks his mother Gertrude and uncle Claudius spent no time mourning the death of his father only to hastily marry each other. Hamlet is horrified at this as he is still…

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