Hamlet Essay

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Chris Scott Mrs. Baringer Honors World Literature 17 December 2013 Hamlet Theme Analysis: Revenge and Justice Act 1 Quote: King Claudius- "Out of his subject; and we here dispatch/You, good Cornelius, and you, Voltemand,/For bearers of this greeting to old Norway,/Giving to you no further personal power/To business with the king more than the scope/Of these dilated articles allow./Farewell, and let your haste commend your duty." (1. 2. 33-39) Plot Context: Fortinbras and Norway are now planning to invade King Claudius's kingdom and Denmark to take back land that was taken from his Fortinbras's father. He does not want this to action to take place so he sends Cornelius and Voltimand to Norway to try to reason with the king of Norway and convince him to cancel the plan to attack Denmark. Analysis: This quote supports the theme of revenge and justice because King Claudius is having his karma come back to him. At the beginning of the play, Old Hamlet is murdered by being poisoned in his sleep. His brother Claudius, who is Old Hamlet's killer, is now king of Denmark. It shows revenge and justice because he has taken his brother's kingdom, possessions, and wife, and now someone else is planning to take the kingdom from him. --- Quote: Hamlet- "O all you host of heaven! O earth! What else?/And shall I couple hell? Oh, fie! Hold, hold, my heart,/And you, my sinews, grow not instant old,/But bear me stiffly up. Remember thee!/Ay, thou poor ghost, whiles memory holds a seat/In this distracted globe. Remember thee!/Yea, from the table of my memory/I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records,/All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past/That youth and observation copied there,/And thy commandment all alone shall live/Within the book and volume of my brain,/Unmixed with baser matter. Yes, by heaven!/O most pernicious woman!/O villain, villain, smiling, damnèd

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