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Revenge is Not the Answer Shakespearean tragedies are known for constant dramatic themes In Hamlet Shakespeare uses revenge as a major theme present throughout the work Revenge plays a crucial role in the development of Fortinbras Prince of Norway Hamlet Prince of Denmark and Laertes son of Polonius All three men seek revenge for the murder of their fathers Revenge overcomes anyone who seeks it and it takes over Hamlet Initially after each of the murders every son had a definite course of action to obtain vengeance Or in Hamlets case the choice was to seek no vengeance As the play unfolds each young man approaches the desire for revenge and chooses a different path towards gaining it based on the guidance of another character in the play Fortinbras good decisions and self-control as well as Hamlet and Laertes bad decisions can be attributed to the outside guidance they receive Fortinbras son of the slain King of Norway is the first to seek revenge Although King Hamlet the now deceased King of Denmark held sole responsibility for the death of King Fortinbras young Prince Fortinbras seeks vengeance toward the entire country of Denmark Horatio a friend of Hamlets said As it doth well appear unto our state but to recover of us by strong hand and terms compulsatory those foresaid lands so by his father lost Ii114-117 By this Horatio is saying Fortinbras plans to forcefully regain the land King Hamlet took from King Fortinbras Fortunately King Claudius the new King of Denmark intervenes and sends two courtiers Cornelius and Voltemand to Norway in hopes of convincing the new King of Norway Fortinbras uncle to prevent the attack Upon hearing the message Fortinbras uncle vetoes Fortinbras plan to wage war on Denmark However he encourages Fortinbras to employ his anger against the Polack in order to vent his rage IIii77-78 After taking the advice of his uncle Fortinbras additionally makes vow before his uncle
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