The theme of Revenge in Hamlet by William Shakespeare

In any set up in today’s society, people tend to punish others who have wronged them or the ones they love. These people’s actions are driven by a strong thirst to see others suffering into their own hands despite knowing there are judicial channels to get justice. Normally, revenge is intertwined with anger and malice that turn the society into chaos and anarchy. Most importantly, the act of revenging with an intention of self-satisfaction is dehumanizing and barbaric. In the play, ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare thirst for revenge is elucidated by three distinct characters Hamlet, Claudius, and Laertes who allow malicious thoughts of revenge to take over because of their family members who were killed in cold blood. Consequently, there is the rage, confusion, resentment, and injustice among these characters.

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