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Revenge which causes one to act blindly through anger rather than through reason is based on the principle an eye for an eye In William Shakespeares Hamlet the struggle between justice and vengeance consumes Hamlet and eventually demonstrates that the pursuit of revenge ultimately leads to tragedy Throughout this play Hamlet contemplates whether it is more important to seek revenge for his father but in his efforts be a sinner or to not involve himself so that he will be able to go to heaven Although Hamlet chooses revenge his conscience and morals delay his actions until the end of the play where he and almost every other character die Hamlets perspective of what is just changes throughout the play as he tries to fight off his conscience in order to please his father From the beginning to the end of this tragedy Hamlets motives rally back and forth between those both of revenge and justice allowing his tragic flaw to lead him to death Hamlets quest for revenge is first introduced when he discovers the truth behind his fathers death from the ghost of king Hamlet Hamlet is infuriated with this news and knows that it is his responsibility to right the wrong The ghost urges him to revenge his foul and most unnatural murder IV25 and taunts Hamlet by telling him that this is his moral duty Because Hamlet has been so depressed about his fathers death and finally has someone to blame he quickly agrees to the ghosts request without without contemplating the consequences or complete truth Hamlet is affected by the ghosts command and his situation is shifted from psychological disorder before knowing the truth to hesitation and fear to do unjust reactions to Claudius to finally being eager and fearless to avenge the king His agreement to carry out vengeance then begins the vicious cycle of hatred and death that destroys so many lives It isnt until the middle of
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