“No Matter The Reason, Revenge Causes A Cycle That Continues

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“No matter the reason, revenge causes a cycle that continues and never ends. It poisons the lives of everyone around you, close to you. Seeking revenge becomes all that you desire but comes at a hefty price.” It is as though Aaron Gromis reflected the tragedy of William Shakespeare 's Hamlet, as he uttered these timeless words. In Shakespeare 's longest play, several of the characters become engulfed in the desire to kill their foes for their wrongdoings. Their thirst for revenge provokes them to act in irrational manners and fills their mind, body, and soul like poison. It inhibits them from doing anything else and ultimately consumes them into nothingness with no greater good achieved. Shakespeare uses these characters to highlight…show more content…
Hamlet feels unable to take revenge unless he is absolutely sure of Claudius ' guilt. Hamlet fears that the Ghost is not his father but an evil spirit sent to tempt him to Hell. So he devises a plan to gather evidence and facts before he kills Claudius. Hamlet comes out of character in order for the plan to work and loses himself in the process. Hamlet decides to act insane and unstable in front of his peers and family in order to closely observe his uncle and to give him enough time to get Claudius to admit his sins, for no one pays attention to the crazy man and no one will bother him. Hamlet acts as though he is severely devastated by his death and that it has caused him to lose his sanity. He is short and rude to his mother and terribly insults Ophelia,his true love, all in the wave of justifying revenge. Hamlet and Ophelia are in love but are not allowed to be together for Ophelia’s father and brother Laertes feel as though Hamlet’s intentions are not true and that she will not be married to him for he can not pick to whom he shall marry. This creates conflict between them and Hamlet uses it as fuel to manifest his illusion. He is rude, ignorant and chaste to Ophelia and tells her to go to a nunnery and commit herself to the lord (Act 2, scene 5). He drives away those he loves for they are not acknowledging his father’s death as he would desire and have moved on with their lives. This deepens his thirst to prove Claudius 's guilt and give him

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