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Andrew Brian 11-17-96 Fresh Sem IIRevenge or ScruplesVengeance is mine sayith the Lord What does this mean Ibelieve what the Christians meant it to mean is that we as humans have noright to seek revenge that only the Lord has the right to decide when totake revenge We say this but do we follow it No I think not We all tryto take revenge into our own hands in one form or another Revenge is one strong theme that holds throughout Hamlet We seePrince Hamlet try to execute a kind of private vengeance an eye for an eyewhich is completely opposite of the Christian teachings Hamlet is a manwho believes in heaven and hell and who feels that a man who challengesdivine ordinance will ultimately face judgment We might look at the ghostof the late king Hamlet as the part of us that wants to take vengeance into ourown minds Like the little voice in our heads that tells us to do somethingwhen in our hearts we know it is wrongWhen Horatio Barnardo and Marcellus tell Hamlet of their sighting ofthe ghost Hamlet agrees to join them that night and see if he can observe theghost firsthand and possibly speak with it That night when HoratioMarcellus and Hamlet sight the ghost it beckons Hamlet to leave the othertwo and speak to it in privacy Hamlet follows despite the protests of theothers who fear it may be an evil spirit disguising as King Hamlet in orderto gain their trust Horatio suggests that it may lead him astray and thenassume some other horrible form Which might deprive your sovereignty ofreason And draw you into madness I iv 80-82 Hamlet insists onlistening to the message of the ghost Although he does not state it perhapsHamlet subconsciously considers that Horatio is right that the ghost is indeeda false messenger sent to trouble him Hamlet does not kill Claudius immediately following his encounterwith
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