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Is "Hamlet" Primarily A Tragedy Of Revenge

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In the play "Hamlet" written by William Shakespeare, is a play that revolves around tragedy and revenge and this revenge leads to Hamlets death and people that were close to him. Hamlet's pursuit to revenge his father's death blinded his morals and intelligence and lead to his untimely death. It can be argued that Hamlet is the most complex character Shakespeare has ever written, there has been many debates revolving around his insanity (real or fake). The progression of Hamlet is quite astonishing he begins as a young prince with the world in his hand, to a lunatic who becomes obsessed with revenging his fathers death. The revenge theme is acted upon throughout the novel and is essentially what drives Hamlet. He believes that Claudius has killed his father (we later find out this is true), this begins his investigating. We can be easily fooled by Hamlets insanity but there is intelligence behind his every move. Revenge has essentially ruined his life. Revenge has made his relationships with the two women he loved gone sour (Gertrude and Ophelia) as well lead to their death. It has even made him question his own existence. His antics lead to the death of Polonius who was innocent, and his pursue for revenge leads to his mothers death. Revenge has the ability to take over ones ability to make proper judgment.We have already established that revenge has made Hamlet act on anger rather then reasoning, he is of course not the only one. There were three fathers murdered in the play Fortinbra, Polonius and of course Hamlet. All of the sons have one thing in common revenge. The only one who does not die is young Fortinbra, Laertes and Hamlet killed each other. Hamlet was acting on impulse because of the vision of his fathers ghost and Laertes was acting on advice giving to him by Claudius. We can obviously point the blame at Claudius, he is essentially the root of all the problems.Hamlets relationship with Ophelia and Gertrude are very much alike. Hamlet gets betrayed by everyone he has ever loved, with the exception of Horatio. Hamlets relationship with Gertrude already is unstable from the beginning of the play, but Hamlets pursue to kill Claudius has worsen their relationship. Gertrude in Act 3 scene 4 believes that Hamlet may even hurt her physically, this is a fairly important scene because it shows the betrayal of Gertrude to Hamlet when allowing Polonius to listen in on their conversation . It can be argued that Gertrude is blinded by what she is doing because she has lost her husband (Hamlet senior), this does not cross Hamlets mind because he is so furious that Gertrude has betrayed him. Ophelia is Hamlets long lost love and it can be argued that because of Hamlet she committed suicide. Ophelia is clearly in love with Hamlet, but because Hamlet is forced to or...

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