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The Obligation To Avenge Is Truly A Cursed Spite He Who Ignores It Is A Coward He Who Accepts It Is A Murderer Whilst an audience would feel Hamlet must follow his visceral feelings and exact a bloody revenge there is also the moral issue that both a viewer and Hamlet must wrestle with in order to make a decision over whether the death of a murdering incestuous Uncle is necessary From the time the audience hears of his intentions they feel sympathetic towards his cause even though he is to commit a chilling crime This is best explained by Francis Bacon the writer of Of Revenge who states that revenge is a kind of wilde justice and The most tolerable sort of revenge is for those wrongs which there is no law to remedy There are surely no greater wrongs than killing a brother and a King in one fell swoop but there are other motives for this revenge primarily honor It is the ghost of Hamlets father whom fuels revenge in the early stages of the play he urges Hamlet to abandon all nature a euphemism for morality and kill Claudius in order to release the spirit from purgatory in a similar manner to Claudius the ghost asks Hamlet to turn his love into actions GhostIf thou didst ever thy father love Hamlet O God Ghost Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder However Hamlet is an introspective character who does not know whether to trust the ghost of his father which according to Sir Walter Murdoch leads to intense psychological pain through his obsession for gathering information to prove or disprove Claudius guilt However it can also be argued that Hamlet despite his desire to extract revenge against Claudius is also actively looking for means with which to relieve himself from the stress and protect his morale and religious principles that harboring this obsession
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