Hamlet, By William Shakespeare

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“Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder. Murder! Murder most foul, as in the best it is; But this most foul, strange and unnatural.” (Hamlet, 1.5 25-28) In Act 1, Scene 5 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the Ghost, which can be either interpreted as Hamlet’s late father or a figment of Hamlet’s imagination, commands the young Hamlet to take revenge for the death of the former King of Denmark. In this iconic scene, young Hamlet takes heed of the Ghost’s words and it sets forward in motion the plot for revenge. Throughout Shakespeare’s plays, major protagonists take revenge in response to a transgression, whether it be real or perceived. In Hamlet, the titular protagonist takes revenge against his uncle Claudius as retaliation for the murder of his father. Similarly, in Romeo and Juliet, another titular protagonist, Romeo takes revenge against his rival Tybalt for the murder of his good friend Mercutio. In Julius Caesar, Brutus with the assistance of some members of the Senate take revenge against the eponymous Julius Caesar for his betrayal of the Roman Republic. Whereas in all of Shakespeare’s plays referenced above involve violent acts of revenge, the actor/s motivations and, no pun intended, execution vary. Regardless of their varying motivations and methods for revenge, in all three separate cases none of the actors are wholly satisfied with the outcome once their act of revenge is complete. Furthermore, Shakespeare indicates that revenge is ineffective in exacting equal

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