Revenge in Hamlet

1070 Words Feb 3rd, 2013 5 Pages
Amongst the most tragic story lines of Shakespeare’s plays, Hamlet is definitely one of them. In William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Fortinbras, Hamlet and Laertes each demonstrate the ways revenge leads to tragedy when they are unable to cope with the loss of a loved one. Young Fortinbras has intentions of honoring his father’s loss by gaining the territory that was rightfully theirs. The lengths he is willing to go compare to Hamlet’s determination to seek revenge upon his uncle, and father’s murderer, Claudius. Hamlet’s hopes of wanting to destroy Claudius the way he had done to King Hamlet are delayed several times throughout the play, making it nearly impossible to follow through with his plan. One of Hamlet’s setbacks is being shipped …show more content…
Hamlet believes that Fortinbras does not have good intentions for why he is leading an army against Poland but he concludes that reasons are unimportant. Young Fortinbras demonstrates a great leader by acting for any reason he finds necessary to preserve honor of his father’s death and in the end, achieves great success and becomes the King of Denmark.

Claudius, the brother of the late King Hamlet, uses his manipulative language to influence the decisions of others. Claudius’ imperative decision to marry the wife of his dead brother, Gertrude, demonstrates the extreme lengths he is willing to go to gain all the power. Hamlet had been haunted by the ghost of his father and had been given reasons to believe that Claudius is responsible for his death. Hamlet hopes to seek revenge on Claudius for the corruption in Denmark he has caused but finds trouble doing so. Hamlet always seems to delay in the action of killing Claudius to avenge his father and becomes obsessed with trying to prove his uncle’s guilt before acting upon it.“Now might I do it pat/now he is praying/And now I'll do't/ And so he goes to heaven/And so am I revenged/That would be scann'd:/A villain kills my father/ and for that I/ his sole son,/do this same villain send/ o heaven.” (3.3.1) This quotation demonstrates a
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