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The story of Hamlet comes from a long line of revenge tragedies in which a character attempts to avenge the murder of a family member Just as revenge is present in literature it is also present in todays society It is always there lurking in the darkness of the human mind watching waiting for an opportunity to lash out at the surrounding world Shakespeare suggests in Hamlet that revenge is a debilitating force and the pursuit of it can infect the most noble of all souls Once tainted by this infectious disease no weak minded individual can be cured of it Revenge is an unavoidable power moving the mind closer towards destruction In order for revenge to truly corrupt Hamlet he had to be an innocent and noble character from the onset of the play Without this innocence and respected status Hamlet would have nothing to lose revenge would have no affect on him because the evil would already exist There has to be a shift from good to evil in order for Hamlet to be a tragedy and it is the darkness of revenge that provides this shift It is from Ophelia that a reader gets their description of Hamlets character before it was corrupted She reveals everything about Hamlet that would make him a noble man It is in their first meeting in the play that Ophelia states O what a noble mind is here oer-thrown The courtiers soldiers scholars eye tongue sword th expectancy and rose of the fair state the glass of fashion and the mould of form th observd of all observers IIII142-146 First of all she herself states that he has a noble mind Then Ophelia comments on how he can relate to everyone in some small way This ability makes Hamlet the pride of Denmark and the most loved He is also considered to be a model for all men thus meaning that people admire him and look
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