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The Revenge Amongst the Characters of Hamlet
"But that the dread of something after death, The undiscover'd country, from whose bourn No traveler returns, puzzles the will, And makes us rather bear those ills we have, Than fly to others that we know not of? Thus conscience does make cowards of us all, and thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought"(Shakespeare pg.124). Revenge causes one to act blindly through anger, rather than through reason. It is based on the principle of an eye for an eye, but this principle is not always an intelligent theory to live by. Fortinbras, Laertes, and Hamlet were all looking to avenge the deaths of their fathers. They all act on emotion, and this leads to the downfall of two, and the rise to power of one. Since heads of the three major families were each murdered, the eldest sons of these families swore vengeance, and two of the three sons died while testing their acts of vengeance. This is the lesson that each must learn in order to realize that revenge always the right choice, when someone disrespects your family or yourself. The bet of a life and land, which would be given up after the fencing match of old Fortinbras' and old, Hamlet ends in Fortinbras' death. Young Fortinbras is the first one of many in the plot of revenge, enraged by the death of his father, he thinks that the only way to get revenge is to go and overtake Hamlet's territory. So as he felt that way, he assembles a rebel army to take the lands and bestow as much damage as possible. Horatio, Hamlet's best friend, tells Hamlet of what Fortinbras is about to do, "As it doth well appear unto our state, but to recover of us by strong hand and terms compulsatory, those foresaid lands so by his father lost…" (Shakespeare pg.10). Claudius sends two messengers, Cornelius and Voltemand, to Norway in hopes of persuading the new King of Norway. Fortinbras' uncle hears of this stupidity of his nephew and stops him in his...
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