Motifs of Revenge and Procrastination in Hamlet Essay

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In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the playwright uses the motifs of revenge and procrastination, to demonstrate that both of these motifs will always bring corruption and harm to those that make use of them. Revenge is a concept introduced into the play from the very start when the Ghost appears and speaks with Hamlet. Immediately after the Ghost of his father tells him to seek vengeance, Hamlet quickly becomes charged with anger and exclaims, “I with wings as swift as meditation or the thoughts of love may sweep to my revenge” (Shakespeare I, v, 29-31). Hamlet is optimistic about his revenge and even to the end believes it will bring justice and sanity back to everyone. However, he is gravely mistaken because his lust for retribution…show more content…
Hamlet had the misconception that revenge could actually result in equality and it does do that, but it still never pays to utilize the eye for an eye method of unsatisfying fairness and revenge as the only way to settle problems. Shakespeare was trying to state that revenge does not set situations right for anyone because it does not change what crime the person committed in the past and if someone strikes back after being the victim it only brings more pain and chaos to others and sometimes themselves and never brings genuine satisfaction to the issue. Procrastination is another reoccurring topic Shakespeare writes about in Hamlet. After hearing of how Claudius poisoned his father to gain the throne, Hamlet goes on a quest to avenge his father and he seems to be passionate and swift with it at first. But, Hamlet over-thinks everything in his life and delays his retaliation towards his uncle. Even when a perfect opportunity presents itself when Claudius is praying by himself, Hamlet complicates things by thinking to much and decides not to by uttering “am I then revenged to take him in the purging of his soul when he is fit and seasoned for his passage? No. Up, sword, and know thou a more horrid hent” (III, iii, 85-89). If Hamlet had only got his revenge right then and there he could have prevented the tragedy that would come
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