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In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet's father doesn't want him to harm his mother. What is...
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It is interesting that the King's Ghost does not want Hamlet to seek revenge on Gertrude. After divulging the true events of his murder in scene five of the first act, the Ghost says, "But, howsoever thou pursuest this act,/Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive/ Against thy mother aught. Leave her to heaven,/ And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge/ To prick and sting her"(I.v.89-93). In summary, Hamlet's father doesn't want Gertrude to die, but to live her life with the guilt of being a part of the conspiracy. Sometimes, having to live with oneself is more punishment than death. Simply killing someone in an act of revenge isn't as satisfying as permitting someone to live with their guilt. Also, this shows that Hamlet's father doesn't make his son feel like he must kill his own mother.
Posted by tinicraw on September 18, 2013 at 4:10 PM (Answer #1)
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