Hamlet Revenge

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Revenge in all forms usually carries tragic elements, the death or plight of one man, will naturally cause grievance for another. However the lust with which Hamlet seeks his revenge is one with little equilibrium, his thirst for death throws all his other actions into a catastrophic unbalance that ultimately leads to further tragedy within his opposing character throughout the play.

Beginning with his soliloquy in Act 4, its clear Hamlet knows to what extent his lust for 'eye for an eye' revenge may cause as he express' his almost satirical view on the willingness of fortinbras' army to go to fight "Witness this army of such mass and charge....to all that fortune, death, and danger dare, even for an eggshell" Hamlet is proposing this great army will fight for a cause unknown to all, even perhaps unknown to Hamlet himself. This disregard for life and bloodshed even for Hamlets allies propels the initial statements truth, showing Hamlet has been blinded by this approach to revenge and will stop at nothing to obtain it.

However one may disagree with the posed statement, as towards the latter of the soliloquy, Hamlets infamous conscience begins to dawn on him. It seems Hamlet questions his thirst for blood due to the pain it would cause his mother, married to Hamlets ultimate victim, "That have a father killed, a mother stained, excitements of my reason and my blood" although dispelling his conscience at the end of the soliloquy, Hamlets un-requited love for his mother does cause him to pause his thought of revenge, and may prove that no mass tragedy was Hamlets intention or will, merely a reciprocal of his single action towards the King.  Immediately Hamlet demonstrates his want for revenge and ill will as shown here; " Examples gross as earth exhort me" describing his foul thoughts which begin to excite him. This very apparent anger will naturally lead to tragedy, something Hamlet must be aware of and prepared to absorb. Hamlets likening of humans to that of a...
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