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Revenge or Scruples Vengeance is mine sayith the Lord What does this mean I believe what the Christians meant it to mean is that we as humans have no right to seek revenge that only the Lord has the right to decide when to take revenge We say this but do we follow it No I think not We all try to take revenge into our own hands in one form or another Revenge is one strong theme that holds throughout Hamlet We see Prince Hamlet try to execute a kind of private vengeance an eye for an eye which is completely opposite of the Christian teachings Hamlet is a man who believes in heaven and hell and who feels that a man who challenges divine ordinance will ultimately face judgment We might look at the ghost of the late king Hamlet as the part of us that wants to take vengeance into our own minds Like the little voice in our heads that tells us to do something when in our hearts we know it is wrong When Horatio Barnardo and Marcellus tell Hamlet of their sighting of the ghost Hamlet agrees to join them that night and see if he can observe the ghost firsthand and possibly speak with it That night when Horatio Marcellus and Hamlet sight the ghost it beckons Hamlet to leave the other two and speak to it in privacy Hamlet follows despite the protests of the others who fear it may be an evil spirit disguising as King Hamlet in order to gain their trust Horatio suggests that it may lead him astray and then assume some other horrible form Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason And draw you into madness I iv 80-82 Hamlet insists on listening to the message of the ghost Although he does not state it perhaps Hamlet subconsciously considers that
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