Hamlet's Revenge

Topics: Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet, Gertrude Pages: 3 (1077 words) Published: April 12, 2013
Seymon Lewis
Hamlet’s revenge
Hamlet is a revenge tragedy based on a young prince whose father was murdered by the new king Claudius. After his father’s funeral he is confronted by his father’s ghost. Hamlet believes that he has to listen to the ghost, when who replied "So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt hear”(1.5.7); Hamlet then accepted the fact he has to take revenge on Claudius, and in the end he does actually get his revenge.

Hamlet believes that he must first prove Claudius’s guilt before acting on his revenge. At the end of Act 2 Scene 1 Hamlet reveals his plan to entrap Claudius, to show his guilt and incriminate him by using the theater. He believes that since the productions shown in the theater are fake, no one in the audience would be able to “connect the dots” between hamlet’s production and Claudius.

Hamlet’s play started out as a lightened mood in which Claudius enjoyed immensely. After which Claudius starts to get an over view of the true nature of hamlets play when he saw the Player King pour the poison down his brother’s ear. As the audience ravels in the mystery and suspense of the story Claudius sweats. As the play goes on Claudius’s guilt becomes apparent to Hamlet when Claudius storms out during the performance. At that moment hamlet makes a conscious decision to kill Claudius.

Even though Hamlet is now convinced that Claudius killed his father, his revenge is delayed due to outside circumstances. For example Hamlet has the opportunity to kill Claudius in Act 3, Scene 3. He draws his sword, but is concerned that Claudius will go to heaven if killed while praying. What he thinks is that he'll wait until he can catch Claudius in the middle of a sinful act, and take revenge then. And then Claudius will go to hell, not heaven, so the revenge will be perfect. But in Act 3 Scene 3 hamlet’s emotions get best of him when he suspects Claudius is spying on him and his mother. He cries out “How now! a rat?” (3.4.22). He...
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