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Rage and Justice From the very beginning of Shakespeares Hamlet the title character feels anger over his mothers quick transition from mourning her dead husband to marrying his brother In Hamlets first soliloquy he berates the hasty marriage crying a beast that wants discourse of reason would have mourned longer When the ghost of his father issues demands that Hamlet avenge his murder Hamlets pre-existing anger overwhelms this sacred mission corrupting it and ultimately rendering it an act of angry indulgence Hamlets generally dry melancholic demeanor blunts the rational just nature of his vengeance Seeing the player in act two so impassioned in his oration on Hecuba Hamlet realizes that he is not properly incensed over the pernicious actions of his uncle He resolves to forget his cause no longer and hatches a plot to test Claudiuss guilt through a dramatic presentation of murder However that Hamlet feels the need for such a test further indicates the lack of impetus from his missions righteousness alone Hamlets introspective and skeptical character leads him to question the validity of the ghosts charge and even the trustworthiness of the ghost itself Even after Claudius reveals his guilt justice lacks sufficient force to motivate Hamlet When he finds Claudius alone in his room hamlet realizes he has his chance yet he stops himself For Hamlet the justice of sending Claudius to be judged by his maker is not enough rather he desires the ultimate punishment for Claudius--eternal torture in hell--resolving to forestall until he is drunk asleep or in a rage or in thincestuous pleasure of his bedThen to trip him that his heels may kick at heaven and that his soul may be as damnd and black as hell whereto it goes Hamlet reveals that the true driving force of his vengeance to be his anger for Gerturdes inadequate mourning and for Claudiuss seeming seduction of her Hamlet reveals this anger both in his desire for Claudiuss
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