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Shakespeare is believed to be the greatest playwright of all time by many What makes his writings so original and enduring throughout time is his ability to organize themes plot and believable characters Hamlet in my opinion is the most interesting and probably the most studied of all Shakespeares plays A major question to be addressed in the critiquing of Hamlet is why Hamlet waited to avenge his fathers death Since Hamlet was written as a tragedy of conflict some possibilities include his religious beliefs others roles in the play or his tragic flaw Conventional attitudes towards revenge are very complex and have widespread influence The reader is left with a dilemma between what Hamlet feels and what he believes In the Elizabethan age revenge was denounced because of the risk of civil misconduct Sir Francis Bacon argued later in a prosecution that private revenge leads to quarrels then to public tumult This could then lead to tension between families and soon after national quarrelspp 11-12 In that age it was a common belief that revenge should be left up to God and his appointed agents but few can resist the temptation and passion of revenge Primary arguments against revenge are that the person taking revenge could be endangering his or her soul However righteous a persons motives maybe be revenge would likely make you seem evil in the eyes of God In so going about to revenge evil we shew our selves to be evil and while we will punish and revenge another mans folly we double and augment our own follyp93 The revenger may honestly feel that he seeks justice but the nature of their revenge typically makes justice difficult if not impossible to attain The way in which Hamlet murders his uncle is especially noble He doesnt rush into things and kill the swindling king but he decides patience is a virtue and constructs a cunning plan to test the reliability
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