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Revenge Historically revenge causes one to act blindly through anger rather than through reason It is based on the principle of an eye for an eye an irrational theory that leads to rash and hasty action with innumerable consequences namely death This principle is not always an intelligent philosophy to live by Nor does it always hold true because even revenge that is calmly planned and executed precisely ends in pain agony and demise Shakespeare does a brilliant of showing this idea of revenge in Hamlet Prince of Denmark and Othello The Moor of VeniceIn Hamlet Prince Hamlet is burdened with the order of avenging his fathers murder committed by Hamlets uncle the now King Claudius His fathers ghost haunts the grounds of Elsinore a blighted spirit condemned to walk the land each night until his purgatory is served and when the Hamlet speaks with the ghost he is told to Revenge his fathers foul and most unnatural murder Hamlet readily agrees to this task vowing to sweep to his revenge no matter what the cost However as the play progresses each time Hamlet is presented with the opportunity to exact his revenge he stalls himself Something causes Hamlet to catch himself just before he follows through and that something is his tendency to think too much It is possible for someone to over-think a situation a course of action and Hamlet succeeds in doing this until the last scene of the play when revenge becomes inevitable Hamlet first plans to act mad in order to glean information about the circumstances around his fathers murder This is not a bad plan per se but he learns very little by pretending to be dissenting into madness Then he chooses to have a troupe of traveling actors perform a mimicry of his fathers murder for King Claudius and the court in the form of a play Ah now Hamlet has his proof as Claudius rises during the
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