Essay on The Tragedy Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare

1248 Words Dec 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Our society romanticizes revenge, we watch as the hero, in all his glory, gets revenge on the villain for the killings he has committed. It is believed that the crime committed must be matched by the revenge the victim seeks. So we cheer on the hero as he achieves justice and protects justice. However, as Gandhi, one of the wisest men ever to live, once said, “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”. So if killing is so evil, why must we adopt it as a form of justice? Shakespeare romanticizes revenge in the play Hamlet. However, he makes it clear that revenge is the most destructive to the person pursuing it, turning the victim into the villain and causing the loss of their identity. We see this Hamlet’s journey to avenge his father 's’ death ends up consuming his thoughts and actions while jeopardizing his emotional stability. Throughout the play we watch as Hamlet becomes consumed by his revenge, putting it before all else. At the beginning of the play, it is clear that he is dedicated to his revenge when he promises the ghost of his intentions, however this transformation of character is best seen at the end of his final soliloquy after watching Fortinbras and his army when he says, ”Oh, from this time forth my thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth” (4.4.68-69). This is the point, which Hamlet gives up on his life and decides his sole purpose is revenge. By saying his thoughts were “Bloody” or “Nothing worth” Shows clearly that he has lost hope for…

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