Oedipus Complex

Topics: Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet, Ghost Pages: 2 (711 words) Published: March 4, 2013
Dakota Bair
Mrs. Berry
Period 6B
Hamlet Mission Impossible
In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, justice, revenge, and love were big themes in the play. The concept of justice is hard to understand in the play, also agreeing that Hamlet also receives justice or revenge for his murdered father. By killing his uncle Claudius, does Hamlet truly receive justice or did he seek revenge for his father’s death? Was Hamlet’s doings for the love of his father or the hatred of his uncle? Justice is key for Hamlet because he thinks that he receives justice for the death of his uncle, but really it is just revenge. Hamlet is charged by the self-proclaimed ghost of King Hamlet to avenge the King's death. This is the focus of the play and the central theme of justice is best seen as Hamlet seeks revenge for his father's death. Hamlet's quest for justice is first introduced by the ghost of King Hamlet. The ghost appears to Hamlet and explains to him why he was murdered. Hamlet is shocked by the news of his father's murder. The ghost tells Hamlet that his father was poisoned with hebenon juice by his uncle Claudius. Hamlet then vows to avenge his father in a soliloquy. After seeing the ghost he states, “O all you hosts of heaven ...It is Adieu, adieu! Remember me:’ I have sworn’t (I.v.92-112).” Hamlet now erases all the images of his uncle in the past and replaces them with the images of his uncle killing his father for his own personal gain. Before Hamlet dies, after being poisoned by the sword that Laertes had cut him with, he tells Horatio to tell his story and state his case to Fortinbras that he is innocent of the death of the others. Horatio states Hamlet’s case to Fortinbras; And let me speak to the yet unknowing world How these things came about: so shall you hear Of carnal, bloody and unnatural acts; Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters; Of deaths put on by cunning and forc'd cause; And, in this upshot, purposes mistook Fall'n on...
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