Revenge in Shakespeare´s Play Hamlet Essay

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Hamlet and Laertes both contribute to the play main theme, revenge. Both characters dearly loved their fathers, thats the reason for revenge. But, their love has been distorted and all they feel now is a need for revenge for their fathers’ deaths. But they cope with it differently. Hamlet knows who killed his father, but does not take immediate action. Laertes is a little unclear on who is responsible for his fathers death, but he takes immediate action to avenge him. "To hell, allegiance! vows, to the blackest devil! Conscience and grace, to the profoundest pit! I dare damnation: to this point I stand, that both worlds I give to negligence, let come what comes; only I'll be revenged most thoroughly for my father." Laertes Act 4 Scene 5.…show more content…
After Ophelia’s death it afflicts both men. They are both deeply saddened. Hamlet is mostly enraged and shocked by her death. Laertes is also enraged, but wants to seek revenge. One major difference is their personalities. They are polar opposites. Hamlet was very concerned about right and wrong and was very careful to plan out his revenge, he made sure before he acted. Allowing for deviousness in planning his uncles death. Laertes very rash, not caring who fell to revenge his father. He embodies action, while Hamlet embodies thought. Due to his insanity, Hamlet eventually becomes rash, like Laertes. Both men loved their father and held them in high regard. Thats the reason why they want to revenge their fathers. But, their “fathers” did not trust them. Both men had spies sent for them from their “fathers”. Both “fathers” have similar motivation to send spies to spy on their sons. They do not trust their sons enough. Hamlet’s uncle, “father figure”, sent Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to spy on him. They observe him to see if he

is a threat to Claudius. He does not even allow Hamlet to go back to the University of Wittenberg, because he wants to keep a close eye on Hamlet. Claudius wants to know if Hamlet wants to take the crown, just like Claudius did. Polonius sends Reynaldo to spy on Laertes. He sends Reynaldo to see if he is doing anything dishonorable. Both men find out that they are being spied on and have the same reaction. They are both
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