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In Shakespeares Hamlet a very clear moral order is established as the protagonist Hamlet completes his journey through the phases which define a Shakespearean tragedy The play begins with Hamlet encountering his fathers ghost at which point he learns his father had in fact been murdered by his own brother Claudius It is Hamlets wish to avenge his father that causes all other moral dilemmas in the play and this is what defines the plays particular moral order As the play progresses the gravity and seriousness of Claudius sins lessen and Hamlets grow although never reaching the moral plateau on which Claudius rests In the beginning of the play Hamlet is morally in the right always taking precautions to ensure this remains so Claudius on the other hand not only murders Hamlets father but then plots to do away with Hamlet as soon as he feels threatened As the play progresses Hamlet continues attempting to right the original wrong but only succeeds at the finish with Claudius death Hamlets words in Act III Scene IV -- thus bad begins and worse remains behind illustrate the moral order well the actions against him were wrong but to a lesser extent so was his revenge Near the start of the play The Ghost tells Hamlet of the crime committed by Claudius When Hamlet finds out his father was murdered by his own brother who then stole his wife and crown he immediately commits himself to avenging the murder Haste me to knowt that I with wings as swiftAs meditation or the thoughts of loveMay sweep to my revenge At this point Hamlet is completely justified in his feelings and most would agree that his revenge is morally right Although the act of murder itself is wrong an eye for an eye almost wholly justifies it The gravity of Claudius crime grows when one considers that all the deaths throughout the play would not
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