Theme Of Revenge In Hamlet

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Hamlet, a play written by the respected William Shakespeare covers a large array of themes with the theme of revenge being the most prevalent. The theme of Revenge stands out the most since various characters are motivated by it. Revenge of course is the act of inflicting harm upon someone because of a wrong doing they did to someone else. Revenge has the ability to give off a false beauty which causes characters such as Hamlet, Claudius, and Laertes to be motivated by it, believing it will give them satisfaction. Shakespeare uses the theme of revenge to show how even though revenge may appear to be desirable, it ultimately leads to horrible consequences. The Characters in the play all desire revenge on specific people for their own, different reasons. Hamlet, the main character, wants revenge on his uncle Claudius because he is responsible for his father’s death. This is noted in Act 2 scene 2 when Hamlet says, “the son of a dear father murdered, prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell,” highlighting how Hamlet seeks revenge on his father’s killer or his uncle. Another character that becomes driven by revenge in the play is Laertes. Similar to Hamlet, Laertes seeks revenge on the person responsible for murdering his father as well. This is made obvious in Act 4 scene 5 when Laertes states “only I’ll be revenged most thoroughly for my father”. The person who is responsible for killing Laertes father, Polonius, is Hamlet so Laertes aims to get revenge on Hamlet by

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