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Hamlet Revenge A Chain Reaction In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare the theme of revenge is repeated numerous times throughout the play and involves a great deal of characters Of these characters eight are dead by the end of the play by result of murder which was initiated through revenge Shakespeare uses the revenge theme to create conflict among many characters Shakespeare uses the revenge theme to create conflict between Hamlet and Claudius In Act I scene 5 Hamlet is visited by the ghost who was his father The ghost makes Hamlet aware of his murderous death when he tells Hamlet of how Claudius had killed him The ghost says this to Hamlet regarding Claudius Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder This is where Hamlet is first inrtoduced to the revenge plot between himself and Claudius Hamlet wants to insure that the ghost really was his dead father before he kills Claudius To do this Hamlet has people act out the death of his father in front of Claudius and declares him guilty by his reaction to the play O good Horatio Ill take the ghosts word for a thousand pound Hamlet declares Claudius guilt to Horatio and now realizes that he must continue on with his revenge plot The conflict between Hamlet and Claudius is delayed by Hamlet but does eventually occur in the last scene Hamlets mother has just died Hamlet has been sliced by Laertes poison sword and Hamlet has just struck Laertes with a fatal blow when Laertes says that this was all brought on by Claudius Hamlet now realizing that there is no more time for him to delay his revenge stabs Claudus and kills him Revenge was the motive for the conflict between Hamlet and Claudius
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