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Revenge is defined as a desire to do harm in return for a wrong returning evil for evil vengeance Webster Dictionary Revenge is an extremely powerful tool which if not used properly can cause more detriment then benevolence In William Shakespeares Hamlet several of the characters are compelled to restore family honor by exacting vengeance Young Fortinbras reclaims his fathers lost honor by gaining territory Hamlet must avenge his fathers murder by killing Claudius and Laertes must avenge his father and his sister by exacting revenge upon Hamlet Each character is driven and controlled throughout the play by this desire and need for revenge Young Fortinbrass motive is to regain the land that his father has lost to Hamlets now deceased father Over the years Fortinbras has brewed up a plan to avenge his fathers death He has lived in Norway for many years undisturbed by the Danish Crown which has had its own problems in the past including the death of their king and the reelection of an incompetent know nothing king With Claudius the new King in power Norway is able to go on with their plans of reconquest of the lost territory Through this self-concerning attitude Shakespeare shows that internal conflict is the main force that compels the revenge in the three characters Fortinbras Laertes and Hamlet Fortinbras internal conflict is based on a nonviolent plan of revenge although if fighting is required he is more then prepared to take action In addition Fortinbras has to win back the honor for the Norwegian people Norway has been like a tributary state to Denmark ever since the battle of the two late Kings But do not be fooled Fortinbras is not the type of ruler who is all for the people by the people of the people On the contrary he is a determined all power to himself type of king who seeks to retake the land once lost by his father
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