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Hamlet plans throughout the play, to exacthis revenge on Claudius. Examine the different stages through which he passes.

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Hamlet plans throughout the play, to exact his revenge on Claudius. Examine the different stages through which he passes. Throughout the whole play we see a continued variant of emotions through which Hamlet passes through. These emotions vary from him wanting full blooded revenge, to him even contemplating his existence in the world. Hamlet is not the only character in the play who wants revenge. Shakespeare presents Laertes, Claudius, and Fortinbras as revenge characters. All of these characters revenge is contained in a sub plot, played out along side the main plot, which is Hamlet wanting revenge on Claudius. Each revenge character has is own motive and causes for revenge. As the play progresses we develop an understanding as to why these characters require the fatal act of revenge. Hamlet is different is different from the other revenge characters, as the audience can see he is a thinker and a well educated man. All of these traits hinder him in his ultimate goal which is revenge for his father's death. Some people may even describe Hamlet as a procrastinator as he has various opportunities to kill Claudius, but decides to wait. ...read more.

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he is determined to kill for revenge. In act 2 scene 2 Hamlet is doing some plotting of his own, in the way he chooses the play in which the actors are to perform 'The murder of Gonzago'. He has chosen this play to hopefully find out what the ghost said was true or not. In this scene we also see the second of Hamlet's soliloquies. Similar to the first soliloquy Hamlet is in an extremely vengeful mood. 'Swounds, I should take it'. He is finally going to get the proof he needs to pin Claudius to the murder of his father. Hamlet decides to wait for the proof so it will help free his conscience of any wrong doing. Hamlet uses powerful and provocative language throughout the speech 'Make mad the guilty, and appal the free, confound the ignorant'. He is also very aware of the duty he must fill as he says 'Why what an ass am I. This most brave, that I, the son of a dear father murdered, prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell'. In act 2 scene 5 Hamlet is presented with the ideal opportunity to kill Claudius. Claudius is in a kneeling position and is apparently praying. ...read more.

Conclusion

I believe at this point Hamlet's main priority isn't killing Claudius, but in this scene he finally does get his revenge but at the expense of his own life. It's only when Hamlet realises Claudius has murdered his mother that he has the courage to take his revenge. Throughout the play Hamlet goes through different stages of emotions. At first Hamlet is filled up with anger towards Claudius and promises to take revenge on Claudius. As the play progresses this attitude changes and he even at one stage he even contemplates killing himself. Hamlet has a flaw within his character which means he is unable to carry out the act of revenge. This flaw is the fact that he has to think things through instead of acting on instinct. Laertes is the opposite to this and is not bothered when and how he kills Hamlet as long as the job gets done. This is in my opinion a reason as why Hamlet struggles to kill Claudius because he does not have it in his nature to do so. Finally Hamlet takes revenge but not in the manner he thought and hoped he would. He only kills Claudius because he has murdered his mother which drives him to feel it necessary to kill Claudius. ...read more.

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