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How Is Hamlet Selfish

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The Bible says “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.” (Romans 12:19). In modern society, most people do not think about revenge as a bad thing, but rather as a natural part of life. Sometimes it is viewed down upon and questioned by those with high moral standards, or when a person wants revenge so severe that it would require blood to be shed. This was the case for Hamlet in the play Hamlet, by Shakespeare. After finding out his father had been killed by his Uncle, who had taken over the throne of Denmark, he is filled with anger and hatred, along with a feeling of self loathing. Throughout the course of the play, Hamlet pretends to be a madman so he can have his way, questions death and what comes after dying, and wonders if he should actually kill another human being. After the conflict is resolved, Shakespeare…show more content…
During the first act of the play, after he found out his uncle, Claudis, killed his father, he was enraged. This is demonstrated during his conversation with the ghost of his father when he says “ Haste me to know’t , that I, with wings as swift / As meditation or the thoughts of love / May sweep to my revenge” (1.5 31-37). By saying this, Hamlet acknowledges that he is ready to kill and is not afraid of what follows. However, somewhere in his line of reasoning, he questions whether killing a person is morally justified. He comes up with multiple reasons on why not to kill him, one being that the king is praying and he wants to send him to hell, not to heaven. Eventually, his resolve hardens when he sees Fortinbras's army march across Denmark, and makes the remark:
That, for a fantasy and trick of fame
Go to their graves like beds, fight for a plot
Whereon the numbers cannot try the cause,
Which is not tomb enough and
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