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Hamlet Revenge Essay Revenge causes one to act blindly through anger rather than through reason It is based on the principle of an eye for an eye but this principle is not always an intelligent theory to live by In William Shakespeares Hamlet Young Fortinbras Laertes and Hamlet were all looking to avenge the deaths of their fathers They all acted on emotion but the way the characters went about it was very different Because of this it led to the downfall of two and the rise of one The heads of the three major families were each murdered the eldest sons of these families swore vengeance and two of the three sons died while exacting their acts of vengeance while the third rose to power All of the three eldest sons had one thing in common All three of the murders affected the sons of the deceased in the same way it enraged them For people during this time revenging the murder of ones father was part of ones honor and had to be done All three of the sons swore vengeance and then acted towards getting revenge for the deaths of their fathers Because of all of this revenge is a major theme in Shakespeares Hamlet Fortinbras took his revenge out in a proper way and rose to power in the end Both Laertes and Hamlet however used force to accomplish their revenge The lack of thought used in exacting their revenge led to the deaths of both Laertes and Hamlet When Laertes found out about his fathers death he immediately returned home and confronted the king with accusations of the murder of his father When Claudius tells Laertes that Hamlet was responsible for his fathers death he decides to kill Hamlet to avenge the death of his father He and King Claudius concoct a plot to kill Hamlet by having Laertes duel with Hamlet and using a poisoned sword However they
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