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Motifs Of Revenge And Procrastination In Hamlet

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In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the playwright uses the motifs of revenge and procrastination, to demonstrate that both of these motifs will always bring corruption and harm to those that make use of them.
Revenge is a concept introduced into the play from the very start when the Ghost appears and speaks with Hamlet. Immediately after the Ghost of his father tells him to seek vengeance, Hamlet quickly becomes charged with anger and exclaims, “I with wings as swift as meditation or the thoughts of love may sweep to my revenge” (Shakespeare I, v, 29-31). Hamlet is optimistic about his revenge and even to the end believes it will bring justice and sanity back to everyone. However, he is gravely mistaken because his lust for retribution only brings the death of everyone in the resolution. When Fortinbras arrives to see the bloodbath that had just occurred in the throne room in the conclusion of the play he says, “Such a sight as this becomes the field, but here shows much amiss” (V, ii, 406-407). Fortinbras is saying that because there are so many dead bodies here there obviously had to be something morbidly wrong for this to occur. The wrongness spawned from the ghost of King Hamlet fueling his son, Hamlet, with revenge that caused bitterness and turmoil, instead of fulfillment like it was thought to result in by Hamlet. Hamlet had the misconception that revenge could actually result in equality and it does do that, but it still never pays to utilize the eye for an eye method of unsatisfying fairness and revenge as the only way to settle problems. Shakespeare was trying to state that revenge does not set situations right for anyone because it does not change what crime the person committed in the past and if someone strikes back after being the victim it only brings more pain and chaos to others and sometimes...

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