Hamlet is a tragedy that condemns the morality and politics of revenge. Discuss. Shakespeare condemns the pragmatic morality and Machiavellian politics associated with revenge in Hamlet (1604). Through the Revenge Tragedy’s avenging eschatology Shakespeare voices censure over the sanctions of bloody revenge, warning against its consequences in the play’s cathartic tragic form. Shakespeare channels his opposition to unfettered revenge through his tainted portrayal of a corrupted humanity, whose ethics have been warped by their revenging desires, as well as Hamlet’s moral repugnance and ‘self-politic’ conflict over Catholic revenging values and finally demonstrates the corrupting and tragic consequences of such revenge.
"Boyce talks of the jealousy and hate that drives Iago to deceive the moor to "show how a noble man can lose faith and go in a frenzy caused by the loss of trust." (Boyce 570). Othello is tricked into believing all the wrong things which causes him to lose his sanity. Over his web article critic Christopher Baker says that Iago's only reason for all of his evil plans to infect Othellos mind with lies were because he wanted revenge for not being promoted. He thinks that all the tragedy that takes place "shows the true means of physcological derangement."
Crime and Punishment Thesis Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment is a story about a very troubled man, Raskolnikov. Dostoevsky shows Raskolnikov to be a man of questionable psychological and ethical integrity as he explores Raskolnikov’s mind. Dostoevsky uses Raskolnikov and his ideas to paint an intriguing picture on the nature of morality. The pivotal point of the book is when Raskolnikov murders an old pawnbroker. Raskolnikov isolates himself from society, for he thinks of others as inferior and comes up with his personal philosophy.
Othello, himself states “that thou be’st a devil, I cannot kill thee.” He then stabs Iago but only wounds him, showing that he thinks that Iago is the devil. In Elizabethan society he could be labeled a demon, or influenced by the devil if not the devil himself. Even if he is only a sociopath, there are many similarities between sociopaths and devilish doings. Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge ( 1772-1834)saw Iago’s worst side and writes “a being next to the devil, only not quite the devil” He calls Iago’s behavior “motiveless malignity”. A trait that stands out is Iago’s ability to think out and plot what seemingly will be a perfect plan.
In the play "Macbeth" by Shakespeare, the author explores the many forms of evil and in particular whether evil is from within or is brought to the surface due to the environment in which people live in. For example, Macbeth says "O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife." and this could mean that he was born with evil thoughts and an evil nature, or that someone (the "weird sisters" or witches) has planted them there. The seeds of evil, once planted, appear to be nurtured by Lady Macbeth and by Macbeth himself. It could be that he has damaged himself so that he is unable to feel empathy for others - or that the evil is innate.
Hamlet’s slaying of Polonius only leads Hamlet to believe that it was a heaven-sent tool of vengeance to punish Polonius’s sins and to stain his own soul with blood. Shakespeare’s use of dramatic irony exposes the deeper meaning and function of Hamlet’s actions. Hamlet denounces Ophelia in order to break all emotional connections with her, although this gets him no closer to revenge with Claudius. Hamlet expresses the same prejudice and hate in his outburst towards Ophelia that he does when he is thinking aloud to himself. Hamlet’s ingenious scheme to write a play in order to trigger a guilty reaction from Claudius is not typical of a madman.
Revenge is like a virus, its consuming nature deprives a person of logic, causes him to give in to his emotions, act recklessly to fuel his ambitions, his deepest darkest desires until when he realizes that there can be no return from the path chosen that his soul has been sentenced to eternal slavery of darkness, decay and corruption however revenge can also be the most beautiful act in the world. Revenge ignites the soul with righteous fury giving a person the focus and will to commit the act that is necessary to restore balance and establish equilibrium. Throughout the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare the theme of ‘Son Seeking Revenge’ has played a dominant role in its progression however it is ironic that the play is driven by a protagonist who is unable to commit the act of revenge. Hamlet a typical Shakespearean tragic hero of noble stature, who has been cast far from grace, learns of his father’s murder by his uncle and decides to go down the path of revenge. Hamlet’s inability to take revenge, his constant procrastination throughout the play builds up his emotional and psychological complexity and results in the deaths of many.
“Oh, my offence is rank. It smells to heaven./It hath the primal eldest curse upon ’t,/ A brother’s murder.” (3.3.37-40). The king is referring to the earliest case of betrayal in Cain, and the envious murder he committed on his brother. When Claudius realizes Hamlet knows of his sin, it beings to cause an internal battle within him regarding forgiveness despite the fact he wants to keep the fruits of his crime. “May one be pardon'd and retain th' offense?
The author draws parallels with Captain Ahab who was so consumed by revenge that he sacrifices his own life and all the sailors for whom he is responsible. In contrast Ishmael realises that his actions will hurt and embarrass innocent people and abandons his quest for revenge. Ishmael begins to develop resilience to bullying when he realises that his problems are not a matter of life or death. He learns this from seeing Scobie overcome fear while struggling to survive brain cancer. Scobie’s attitude of “never give up, never give in” inspires Peter Chung, to take on the ‘Magnon’.
Many may argue that this title given to Macbeth seems very harsh and many may use examples such as in Act 1, scene 4 for justification of his feelings of trepidation.” The prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, for in my way it lies. Stars hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires. The eye wink at the hand yet let that be which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.” In Act 2, scene 1 the vile deed is done. Macbeth and His Lady have completed the deed but Macbeth has already been affected by the vicious deed that