Essay about The Tragedy Of William Shakespeare 's Hamlet

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People often utilize the expression “an eye for an eye” to justify revenge. They believe that in the interest of restoring order to society, one must balance out the bad deeds that have been performed against him. However, the saying “two wrongs don’t make a right” also exists in common vernacular. This perspective believes that in the end, taking the “other eye” is a sin and will not improve the state of the world. Humans have often grappled with the need to avenge wrongdoings but hold onto their morality. Thus, playwrights began creating revenge tragedies to discuss this conflict. In the Elizabethan era, the scandal and barbarity that took place in these plays drew in large audiences. They adored watching the main character struggle with these two warring desires. One of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Hamlet, strongly imitates the structure and ingredients of a classic Elizabethan revenge tragedy. The motivation, the villain, the hero, the plot, the the sexual obsessions, the supernatural, the final confrontation all merge to form a production that both Elizabethan and modern audiences adore. First of all, the structure of an Elizabethan tragedy is quite linear, similar to those of the greek tragedies that preceded them. A revenge tragedy begins with an exposition in which the hero is provided with a motivation for revenge. In Hamlet, the ghost of King Hamlet tells his son that his brother, now King Claudius, is his true murderer. Hamlet expresses his need to avenge…

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