Essay title: The Revenge of Prince Hamlet
Shakespeare’s, Hamlet, is a wonderfully written play that has many tangled websof lies, betrayal, and revenge.
The play starts off with the death of Hamlets father, theking. One night Hamlet sees the ghost of his dead father. The ghost speaks to Hamlet andtells him that he was killed by Claudius.
Claudius, who is Hamlets uncle, has recentlybecome the new king and as well married Hamlets fathers wife, Gertrude. Prince Hamletdevotes himself to avenging his fathers death, but because he is contemplative andthoughtful by nature, his heart is not fully in the deed, and he delays, entering himself intoa deep depression and strong apparent madness. Hamlets quest for revenge leads him on along journey of deception and eventually his own death.
Hamlet himself feels that he is slacking on his vengeance. He explains that “…
alloccasions do inform against him and spur his dull revenge.” (Act IV, Scene iii) Thereare many points in the book were Hamlet gets upset at himself because he isn’t applyinghimself to his quest for revenge. Hamlet must do what his father told him to do. His fathersays that if Hamlet ever loved him, he will “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.”(Scene I, Act v) He considers himself weak and says “My fathers brother, but no more likemy father/ than I do Hercules.” (Act I. Scene ii) Eventually Hamlet gets his revenge in a sword battle between himself and Laertes.
Hamlet scores the first hit, but declines to drink from the kings goblet. Instead Gertrudetakes a drink from it and is swiftly killed by the poison. Laertes then succeeds in woundingHamlet, though he does not die of the poisoned sword tip immediately. Laretes is cut byhis own sword’s blade, and, after revealing to Hamlet that Claudius is responsible for thequeen’s death, he dies from the blades poison. Hamlet, in a angry rage, stabs Claudiuswith the poisoned sword and forces him to drink down the rest of the poisoned wine..