While reading the book, Hamlet by William Shakespeare and visualized the play within several characters. Several characters attempt to lure their foes into their death as payback for any wrongdoing. That highlights the major theme for revenge in the play. Revenge is a constant theme throughout the plot.
It does underlie almost every scene, but it has a major effect on the story as a whole. Three of the main revenge plots within the play are Hamlet’s aim to avenge his father by killing his uncle, Laertes’ target to avenge the murder of his father by killing Hamlet, and Prince Fortinbras’ is attempting to reclaim his father’s land. These three revenge plots play a major role in presenting to the audience how theme of Revenge throughout a series of developed plans to trick one.
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Reading Hamlet throughout the book and see that Shakespeare uses the revenge theme to create conflict between Hamlet and Claudius. In Act I, Hamlet is visited by the ghost of his father, who makes Hamlet aware of his death completed by his brother. The ghost says this to Hamlet regarding Claudius, “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” (Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, v, 25). That is where Hamlet is first introduced to the revenge plot between himself and Claudius. Hamlet wants to make sure that the ghost really was his dead father before kills Claudius.
Hamlet wants to have the king accountable by making him admit his actions. To do that, Hamlet has people gone crazy over the death of his father in front of Claudius and announced him guilty by his reaction to the play, “O good Horatio, I’ll take the ghost’s word for a thousand pound” (III, II, 281-282). Hamlet confirms Claudius’ guilt to Horatio and realizes that he must continue on with his revenge plot. Hamlet’s cravings to get revenge for his father is driving force to the development of the play. While Hamlet takes the length of the play to proceed the actions, Laertes, upon hearing of his fathers’ murder, reacts with the angers. He returns to Elsinore threatening to overthrow Claudius if he does not describe the death of Polonius. When Claudius tells Laertes that Hamlet is responsible, Laertes promises he will have his revenge, “Only I’ll be revenged. Most thoroughly for my father” (IV, v, 133-134).
He agreed immediately to take part in the King’s plan to kill Hamlet. Laertes communicated with the King to deceive Hamlet and challenge him to a fencing match, where Laertes’ plan to exterminate Hamlet’s works, but it comes along with their deaths as well, which reinforces the theme of vengeance. While Hamlet and Laertes are at opposing ends of the spectrum, however, Prince Fortinbras is in the middle. When King Hamlet kills Young Fortinbras’ father, his reactions were neither angry nor unresponsive. In contrast to Hamlet’s procrastination and Laertes’ speed, Fortinbras reacts in reasonable way.
Fortinbras rather than contemplating his reasonings or acting on impulse, he responses to the situation in calm and deliberated ways to form a practical plan to avenge his father’s death and takes his lands. He creates an army, and arranges plans to have that army march to Denmark, and he had no intentions on attacking it. He arrives right soon after the carnage at Elsinore has opened out. It is no coincidence Fortinbras, who acts reasonable and determined, is only one of the three characters to survive the play. Shakespeare uses Fortinbras to show that acting with reasoning than on impulse or with excessive contemplation results in the superior end.
Hamlet, Laertes, and Fortinbras are three characters who were placed in a similar position, but who