William Shakespeare 's Hamlet - Revenge Essay

1187 Words May 14th, 2016 5 Pages
“No place indeed should murder sanctuarize; / Revenge should have no bounds” (IV.vii.140-141). Here, King Claudius justifies the act of revenge while he is ironically oblivious to Hamlet’s plans of vengeance. In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, the theme of revenge closely surrounds each character, whether the character is one to deliver it or feel the consequences of it. In this particular story, the characters directly involved in vengeance reside in close father-son relationships and therefore seek to exact revenge on their fathers’ offenders. Fortinbras’s direct actions are mainly unseen until the final scene but end in a sorrowful acceptance of great fortune. Laertes, a secondary character, acts rashly in anger after learning that his father was killed. The main character Hamlet, on the other hand, desires to gain retribution for his father’s murder through careful planning. Thus, Shakespeare uses the theme of revenge in characters to show that vengeful, misguided acts of love and respect ultimately end in tragedy.

Though he is not one of the prominent characters in the play, Fortinbras’s desire for revenge is the first to be blatantly introduced. Early in the play, King Claudius addresses what Fortinbras intends to do in his revenge when he says:
Now follows, that you know, young Fortinbras, / Holding a weak supposal of our worth, / Or thinking by our late dear brother’s death / Our state to be disjoint and out of frame, / Colleagued with this dream of his advantage, /…

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