Essay on The Tragedy Of William Shakespeare 's Hamlet

965 Words Aug 14th, 2015 4 Pages
Even following two world wars and the invention of nuclear arms, the Civil War remains the bloodiest conflict in American history. War between two sides of the same coin is deadly and dangerous, no less so when it occurs within the mind. The namesake of Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a prime example. The young Hamlet craves vengeance against the man who murdered his father, yet he is consumed also by a need for utter perfection in his killing. Though filled with a sense of urgency and need to complete the task, Hamlet is continually delayed in his plans by an intense desire for utmost certainty; certainty that his uncle is the murderer and certainty that his uncle’s soul will be condemned. It is this conflict, and the resulting delay in revenge, that is the downfall of Hamlet, and thus, in turn, exemplifies the message Shakespeare endeavors to convey: Vengeance – and life itself – is, ultimately, an uncertainty, a deed which, due to the mysteries of death and the afterlife, one can never know is truly satisfied. The core concern of Hamlet’s is, undoubtedly, revenge against his uncle. It is a cause he pursues endlessly, and one that arguably drives Hamlet insane. From the very start of the play, the loving relationship between Hamlet and his late father is established. Thus, when Hamlet learns the true cause of his father’s death, he leaps at the chance of vengeance, telling the ghost of his father, “Haste me to know’t, that I, with wings as swift / As meditation or the thoughts of…

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