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"Three young men in search of revenge." This sentence is the clearest way the play "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare can be summarised.

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"Three young men in search of revenge." This sentence is the clearest way the play "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare can be summarised. As the entire chain of events take place, it becomes clear that the play can have either three or no revenge plots because they are closely related. "Hamlet" cannot exist without the revenge plots of the characters. Thus "Three young men in search of revenge." provides an adequate view of the play. Apart from very few exceptions, the plot and the main theme of a literary work is directly linked to the main character. Hamlet does not stand as an exception to this. Prince Hamlet is the protagonist and his search of revenge is naturally the main plot of the play. However, the successive events that occur throughout the play cause the existence of two more avengers: Fortinbras and Laertes. As the story unfolds, it is seen that King Hamlet is secretly murdered by his brother Claudius by poisoning. Hamlet suspects Claudius of murder, and this suspicion of his is verified by the appearance of the ghost of his father to him. The Ghost tells the whole story to Hamlet who then decides that his suspicions have been true, and is ordered for revenge. The murder of King Hamlet is not the only reason for Hamlet to seek for revenge. ...read more.


Accidentally he kills Polonius when he suspects of espionage when he is in his mother's bedroom telling her what to do. With the assumption that the spy behind the curtain is Claudius, Hamlet starts stabbing without looking at the suspect. Leaving a dead body behind but having no improvement in his plot, Hamlet gains one enemy unknowingly. As can be seen, from the point of King Hamlet's murder to Polonius' murder, it has always been Hamlet's plots for revenge that carried the play. Starting from then, Polonius' son, Laertes comes back to Denmark to find the murderer of his father. Claudius, seeming as innocent as a virgin is, supports and encourages Laertes to kill Hamlet, as Claudius has already learned that the murderer was Hamlet. This is the beginning point of Laertes' revenge plots. Contrary to Hamlet's, Laertes' revenge plot has specific and detailed plans of what should be done and how Hamlet should be killed. Laertes, as being one of the minor characters compared to Hamlet, does not interact much with the other people as Hamlet does. This provides an ultimate agreement within himself and he directly initiates his plans without leaving any time for thinking like Hamlet did. Fortinbras, having problems not with specific people but with the governor of Denmark, proves himself as a witty commander. ...read more.


An open insult and direction of hatred against Claudius is observed in this soliloquy, as well as the weaknesses of women in general. The fact that Hamlet did not have complex plans to kill his enemy like Laertes did. This limits the number of pieces one can find in Hamlet about Hamlet's plans against Claudius. On the other hand, Laertes' intention is observed clearly: "Laertes: How came he dead? I'll not be juggled with. To hell allegiance, vows to the blackest devil, Conscience and grace to the profoundest pit! I dare damnation. To this point I stand, That both the worlds I give to negligence, Let come what comes, only I'll be revenged Most thoroughly for my father."1 Easily seen, this shows Laertes' lust for revenge after his father's death and supports the idea that Laertes' actions which will unquestionably affect Hamlet's actions, and start the chain2 mentioned all over. All the minor characters are directly linked to the avengers. None of the events could have occurred the same way they did if it were not for the avengers. Finally, according to all the points and aspects of the play "Hamlet" mentioned above, as all the three avengers are closely linked to each other and forming a chain, the sentence "Three young men in search of revenge." is sufficient to describe the play.? 1 Shakespeare, W. "Hamlet" Act 4 Scene 5 Lines 130-136 2 ´┐Żelik, K. "Either Three or None" p.3 par.2 ´┐Żelik 1 ...read more.

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