William Shakespeare 's Hamlet - An Eye For The Eye Essay

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An Eye for an Eye
A life for a life is the type of mentality many characters possessed throughout the Shakespearian play, Hamlet. Revenge is the reaction one feels when they experience the need to punish others for a wrong done on them. Throughout the play, it is evident that many tragic events occur thus driving many characters to act out on their personal vendetta. The constant need to seek out vengeance consumes an entire person and one could even argue that it is detrimental to one’s character. When driven by the need to satisfy one’s hunger for revenge, one performs irrational acts to mask their feelings of grief. This however is not an appropriate way to handle the situation as it ultimately leads to one’s downfall. This is exemplified through the actions of Hamlet, Laertes and Fortinbras.

Hamlet’s constant desire to avenge his father ultimately led him to his own destruction. His grief motivated him to take action by formulating an elaborate plan to end the life of his uncle, now stepfather, Claudius. From the beginning of the play, it is evident that Hamlet took a disliking towards his uncle. Finding out that Claudius was the murderer of his father was all it took for Hamlet to get all riled about avenging his father’s death. Instead of taking immediate action, he decides to pretend to be insane in order to closely examine Claudius. The quote “As I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on” (I.v.172-173) shows how already, he is acting…

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