Hamlet Theme Analysis

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Revenge is a hateful action performed throughout the history of mankind. It was written in ancient Babylonian laws, “an eye for an eye and a hand for a hand”, hence the record of the never ending cycle of revenge. Many Shakespearean plays are tragedies displayed through different themes and motifs, for example, “Romeo and Juliet” display tragedy through the separation of star-crossed lovers. The Shakespearean play “Hamlet” is a classic depiction of a tragedy through the theme of revenge. This main theme of revenge is displayed through Hamlet’s revenge on Claudius for the murder of Hamlet’s father, Hamlet’s revenge on his mother Gertrude for remarrying the late King Hamlet’s murderer and Laertes’ attempted revenge on Hamlet for his accidental killing of Polonius. Hamlet was made aware of his father’s murder through the undying spirit of the last King, carrying a message for Hamlet asking for revenge. “Murder most foul, as in the best it is, but this more foul, strange and unnatural” (1.5, 31-32). The ghost’s intentions and accusations were suspicious at first, questioned to be an unholy spirit sent to drive Hamlet to the verge of insanity and suicide. Hamlet was also skeptical of revenge in the beginning. It was then Hamlet decided to set up his successful trap for Claudius and reads his reaction to the play “The murder of Gonzago”, resembling Claudius’ killing of King Hamlet. “Oh good Horatio, I’ll take the Ghost’s word for a thousand pound. Didst perceive?” (3.2, 276-277). After the trap, Hamlet’s mind is set on setting his father’s spirit to peace through revenge on Claudius as the ghost had requested. Hamlet had two failed attempts on Claudius’ life before he succeeded on the third time. The first time, Hamlet could not perform the hateful act while Claudius was preforming the holy act of prayer. Hamlet’s decision to allow Claudius to live was questionable as

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