Critical Essays On Revenge In Hamlet Essays Worksheets
Despite these variations in the method of execution, revenge still becomes one of the most dominant themes in the play.
(Shakespeare Navigators) From the time the play opens, both Hamlet and Laertes seek retribution on each other for their father’s deaths.
Soon after learning of the death of his father, Laertes claims that “Conscience and grace to the profoundest pit! To this point I stand, that both the words I give to negligence, let come what comes; only I’ll be revenged most thoroughly for my father.”(Shakespeare 75) Laertes utters these words just a few moments after the king and queen notify him of his father’s death.
At this point, all that Laertes expresses is surprise for the madness that leads to the death of his father.
The most difficult part in this scene is that Hamlet and Laertes are best friends and no one wants to show distaste for the other.This can best be demonstrated when he tells Ophelia not to trust the love that Hamlet has for her and in the rhetorical manner in which he exaggerates his sisters insanity.All this is done in a bid to paint Hamlet in bad light and to make the people lose faith in him. (Rozakis 182) Apart from the “mental revenge,” Laertes gets to a point where he decides to carry out physical revenge on Hamlet.Even though this resentment is based on different things, the result is the two exerting revenge on each other.All throughout the play, Laertes intentions to carry out revenge against Hamlet is evident in his speech.
But in my terms of honor I stand aloof, and will no reconcilement Till by some mastels of know honor I have a voice and precedent of peace.