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Examine the ways in which Shakespeare presents and uses revenge in Hamlet

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Examine the ways in which Shakespeare presents and uses revenge in Hamlet Hamlet is play written by William Shakespeare that follows the dramatic conventions of revenge in the Elizabethan theatre. Looking back in history Greeks started to perform revenge plays that influenced Seneca a roman writer who inspired all tragedy writers in that time including Shakespeare. Shakespeare been very much inspired he managed to incorporate most conventions of revenge in the play hamlet, and by so doing it has merged to be one of the greatest revenge story and a great typical example of one. Revenge being the major theme of the play of hamlet, I plan to examine the tactics in which Shakespeare chooses to present revenge in this play, how it affects the individual characters' characteristics and the general outcome of the play. Research shows that that not only did Seneca leave his inspiration with the tragic writers in the Elizabethan times but also left the guide, call it rules if you may please to writing a revenge story. Obviously Shakespeare putting into consideration this guide, research also shows that the story hamlet is written in the stylistic ways of Seneca. ...read more.


As part of the audience we are also left with tension as the story builds into the next scene, you are left with questions and assimilations about young hamlet courage and this encourages you to read on. 'The main character then usually has a period of doubt, where he tries to decide whether or not to go through with the revenge, which usually involves tough and complex planning'. In the play hamlet goes through a lot of emotions at this point his is going through the mother remarrying, "She married. O most wicked speed to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets! It is not, nor it cannot come to good. But break my heart, for l must hold my tongue" his father dieing and his father's ghost relevance and last not least his revenge for Claudius. In fact a lot of writers have written and debated if he had turned mad, obviously lots of opinions have been raised concerning this issue, so whether or not he was mad even other characters in the play debate upon his new bourn lunacy. "And can you by drift of conference. ...read more.


It works well as this makes the reader or audience think of it as something so powerful and whenever it used or mentioned through the play, you feel the sense of horror and the closeness of revenge. To present how important revenge was for Hamlet Shakespeare also used emphasis in the text. Hamlet kept on repeating himself showing that it was very important for him to take revenge for his fathers death. "Yea from the table of my memory l will wipe away all trivial fond records, all saws of books, all forms all pressures past that youth and observation copied there and thy commandment all alone shall live within the book and volume of my brain, unmixed with baser matter. Yes by heaven! O villain, villain smiling dammed villain" This quote clearly illustrates why it is so important for him and he is getting ready to fight his uncle by clearing all good thoughts of the past and just focussing with the matter at hand which is revenge. Shakespeare makes sure that his audience is clearly notified that hamlet has set his mind and that nothing will distract him from taking revenge. "So uncle there you are. Now to my word it is adieu, adieu, remember me l have sworn it" Charlene Mapira ...read more.

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