Theme Of Three In Hamlet: Revenge In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Theme of Three in Hamlet: Revenge The best things often come in three: the primary colors, the three little pigs, and even the ingredients on a BLT. However, in terms of literature, the number three is not always an indication of righteousness. In fact, the number three usually indicates evil, or in the case of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the theme of revenge. The three instances of revenge in Hamlet includes the seeking of retribution by Prince Hamlet for the death of King Hamlet, the death of Polonius by Laertes, and finally Young Fortinbras also seeks revenge for the defeat of his father. William Shakespeare is “widely considered the greatest dramatist of all time. However, who exactly was this man? While much of his life, especially …show more content…
Gertrude’s son is obviously upset by her actions, who thinks they are hasty, incestuous, and downright inappropriate. However, Hamlet’s annoyance is interrupted by a visit from a ghost which claims to be King Hamlet. The ghost tells the tale of how the King was murdered by Claudius so that Claudius could claim the throne. The ghost then relays that Prince Hamlet must get revenge for his father by killing Claudius. Prince Hamlet, already has a complicated relationship going on with the daughter of Polonius, Ophelia. Therefore, when Prince Hamlet begins acting strange due to the visit from the ghost, everyone assumes this is a result of turmoil in his relationship with Ophelia. Later, to see if the ghost is telling the truth, Hamlet enacts a plan involving a theatrical performance, which proves Claudius to be guilty. Following the performance when Hamlet is arguing with Gertrude about Claudius, he stabs a man he believed to be Claudius, but was actually Polonius. Claudius then enacts a plan that involves the son of Polonius, Laertes, who is of course angry with Hamlet for killing his father. A duel ensues involving poison tipped swords, and poisoned wine. Ultimately, everyone ends up dead, even Ophelia who drowned in a completely unrelated incident. Finally, the play concludes with the son of King Fortinbras, of Norway, …show more content…
This instance is of course Young Fortinbras marching into Denmark, much like Viking invasions throughout history, at the end of the play and finding a castle full of slaughtered royalty. The drama-filled backstory behind this is that King Hamlet obtained land from King Fortinbras of Norway, and Young Fortinbras has come to reclaim it. Specifically he states, “I have some rights of memory in this kingdom, Which now to claim my vantage doth invite me” (Shakespeare 751). Yet again, he serves as an example of a man being able to take charge and hunt for vengeance while Hamlet is unable

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