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Analyse William Shakesphere's Hamlet as a revenge play.

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Hamlet is primarily about revenge, but achieving it is anything but a straightforward matter. The complexity of William Shakespeare’s approach makes the play a fuller consideration of the topic than was usually carried out in similar plays of his time. The play actually contains two intertwined revenge plots: those of Hamlet and of Laertes. The character of Hamlet desperately wants to avenge his father’s murder, but he also wants to be a proper, moral person.

As Hamlet moves forward with his plans, his reluctance and his rashness both cause other deaths. Because Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius, who had no part in killing King Hamlet, his daughter, Ophelia, is overcome with grief, which partly accounts for her death. In turn, her brother, Laertes, must now avenge his father’s death. Ultimately, Hamlet does gain revenge by way of Claudius 's death, but this happens at the cost of many...

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