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Revenge should have no bounds William Shakespeare Revenge is one of the most basic traits of humanity The drive to exact vengeance on ones enemy is the driving force behind many crucial events in human history Even though the desire to obtain revenge often leads people to carry out outrageous criminal acts it is necessary for human society to function Throughout Hamlet by William Shakespeare revenge is a dominant theme It is shown how the plot revolves entirely around methods of revenge through the desires of Hamlet Laertes and young Fortinbras All three seek to avenge the deaths of their fathers But in so doing all three rely on emotion more than thought which eventually leads to the downfall and death of two of themThe theme of revenge is exhibited early in the play when the ghost of Hamlets deceased father approaches him When the ghost divulges to Hamlet how Claudius murdered him Hamlet is furious and overwhelmed with feelings of responsibility to right the wrong that has been done to exact revenge and murder Claudius The effects of this experience on Hamlet is represented in the following quoteSwounds I should take it for it cannot beBut I am pigeon-livered and lack gallTo make oppression bitter or ere thisI should have fatted all the region kitesWith this slaves offal Bloody bawdy villainRemorseless treacherous lecherous kindless villainO vengeanceWhy what an ass am I This is most braveThat I the son of a dear father murderedPrompted to my revenge by heaven and hell Act II Scene 2This quote depicts Hamlets feeling toward this event how his father has been murdered and he feels the urged to seek revenge by heaven
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