The Recurring Theme of Revenge in Shakespeare's Hamlet

723 Words Feb 17th, 2018 3 Pages
To begin with, after the ghost reveals the truth of Claudius killing King Hamlet Sr to Hamlet and demands Hamlet to seek revenge, Hamlet is somewhat convinced but mostly unsure about what he heard from the ghost, “The spirit that I have seen may be a devil, and the devil hath power t’assume a pleasing shape, yea, and perhaps, out of my weakness and melancholy, as he is very potent with such spirits, abuse me to damn me..catch the conscience of the king” (2.2.587-594). The sudden appearance of the ghost triggers Hamlet’s suspicion of the ghost’s real identity, in which Hamlet’s carefulness not only leads to showing a performance, which corresponds to his father’s death to test the conscience of Claudius, but also delays his vengeance.
Besides, Hamlet fails to take revenge because of the perfectionism although he has a proper opportunity. When Hamlet encounters Claudius praying, Hamlet confirms what the ghost tells him but he does not carry out his revenge immediately. Now might I do it pat, now he is a praying. And now I’ll do’t. And so he goes to heaven; and so am I revenged. That would be scanned: a villain kills my father, and for that I, his sole son, do this same villain to heavenî (3.3.76-82). Hamlet himself wants Claudius to go straight to…
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