Vengeance And Greed Leads To Madness In Hamlet

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Throughout the history of Literature, writing has become more complex. One will see the idea of revenge in many great pieces. If one were to take a glance at modern society you will see that vengeance and greed is destroying large communities over time, populations, and even entire civilizations. Revenge and greed has the power to turn a complete civil man into a total savage and Shakespeare showed the reader in one of his most popular fine works called Hamlet. Hamlet is dealing with a character who goes through a change from college student to a bloodthirsty character looking for vengeance. Even though the character loses sight of who he is and who he really avenging in the end he feels that he is complete. There is also another character who is being overwhelmed with greed that he would kill his own blood for the right of the crown and fortune. The reader’s will see that revenge and greed plays a main role and that they complement each other and Shakespeare would use this to his advantage when writing this play. Throughout the play readers will realize Shakespeare’s creativness to use vengeance, death and insanity to emotionally drive his characters to their death or to their prosperity.
The theme takes an early shape in this play almost as soon as the play starts with Hamlet’s father would enter the scene as a ghost telling Hamlet how he was murdered by his brother Claudius. The ghost will ask Hamlet if he would murder Claudius to justify his death and Hamlet would answer without reasoning or thought he would accept this challenge. As the theme is unfolding Shakespeare introduce to us characters better known as foils. A foil is a character who is usually a complete contrast to the main character to highlight their features or personality. Shakespeare often uses foils as support for Hamlet to show how he could have acted. The Ghost is used as a foil because he tries to forewarn Hamlet of his mother being in on the devious plot that ended his human life. After the warning Hamlet’s anger is building out of control to the point where he will not be able to rationalize anyone’s perspective. Hamlet’s anger causes him to ignore the words of his late father and try to act crazy to discover the evil plans of his uncle and mother.
One other character who Shakesspeare is using as a foil and is the main one who brings out the image of Hamlet is Laertes. Laertes is a strong-minded and it is also noted that he was Polonius’s son and Ophelia’s brother. Laertes is put into the same position as Hamlet making him a perfect foil in this play seeing that Hamlet kills his father at a play that is being performed to the uncover Claudius’s plot. At that moment you will notice two different reactions which will set the tone for this play. Hamlet haves a delay of action as he walks around asking questions and investigating to make a decisive decision on whether or not if Claudius is the murderer of his father. Laertes on the other had takes immediate action...

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