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Justin Wickett English 102 24052004 Revenge in Hamlet Throughout the play Hamlet the most intriguing theme is the belief of revenge In Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice he portrayed a Jewish character throughout the play as someone who is bloodthirsty and can only think of gaining revenge on those who have wronged him In Hamlet Hamlet a Christian is just as blood thirsty about seeking revenge as Shylock the Jew is in The Merchant of Venice The part of the play that I found the most intriguing was when Hamlets fathers ghost appeared to him and told Hamlet that he must seek revenge upon his uncle so that he could exit limbo and rise to heaven Hamlet a Christian takes what his father has told him very seriously and does not think of the consequences for himself Although is said in the Bible But if you do not forgive men of their sins your Father will not forgive you of your sins Mt 616 Hamlet believes that it is his duty to take revenge upon Claudius However although Hamlets fathers ghost will rise to heaven if Hamlet does kill Claudius he will have sinned and he will not be allowed to enter the Kingdom of God according to the Christian religion By telling Hamlet to only seek revenge on his uncle and not his mother Hamlets father is just using Hamlet at Hamlets expense so that he may enjoy heaven Because of Hamlets addictive personality and his low intelligence Hamlet immediately falls into the trap not realizing what is to become of him if he were to kill Claudius Although Christianity does not support it Hamlet is brainwashed by his father into believing in the idea of retributive justice the notion that sin must be returned with punishment Since Claudius has committed a sin by poisoning Hamlets father he believes that it is his duty to punish Claudius for committing the sin instead
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