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The concept of Fate plays an important role in the play Hamlet especially in relation to the character HamletIn the beginning of the play the forlorn Hamlet is approached by his fathers ghost revealing to the former his duty to Fate Hamlet must avenge his fathers death in order to ultimately cleanse Denmark from its rottenness Here Hamlet feels the burden that Fate has put upon his shoulders The time is out of joint O cursed spite that ever I was born to set it right I 5 188-189 Hamlet undoubtedly feels that he was born to avenge his fathers death and he vows to devote his life to the duty of revenge Here Hamlet realizes that he is the man upon whom the fate of the kingdom -his kingdom really-depends 228 Although he does not ultimately do it Hamlet tries to take Fate into his own hands Hamlet becomes obsessed with his mothers injustice to his dear father He finds that he must restrain himself from letting his deep-rooted disturbance with his mother veer him away from the duty that Fate has set before him Before the bedroom scene he must say to himself I will speak daggers to her but use none III 2 367 Hamlet should not be letting these thoughts go this far his duty is to take revenge on Claudius not his mother Hamlet seems more preoccupied about ending the incestuous relationship than actually avenging the murder Also the scene in which Hamlet sees the King in action of praying and speaking words of repentance should not be overlooked Here he thinks about his duty and ponders whether or not he should fulfill it at the moment Not knowing that Claudius words have no heartfelt meaning Hamlet decides that it would not satisfy him if his act of revenge would send the seemingly repentant Claudius to Heaven He reveals that he wants to take revenge on Claudius when his heart
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