hamletdoes hamlet get the revenge he seeks?explain

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I would agree that Hamlet achieved his ultimate revenge which was to ensure that Claudius died in an unconfessed state. Consider, however, what it cost him. Gertrude lost her life. Laertes lost his. Hamlet lost his. Hamlet's words at the end of the play indicate he feels he has achieved his goal at too dear a price.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Well, if the intent of the revenge was to make Claudius pay for having killed Hamlet's father, I'd have to say yes.  Hamlet wanted him to die in an unconfessed state, which means he did not have a last confession or any other end-of-life rites given by the church--thus insuring more time in purgatory (hell).  He presumably wanted him to suffer and to know he was dying as a punishment for his crime.  Claudius does have to watch his wife die from a misstep in his own plan, and he does know Hamlet has taken his revenge.  To that extent, Hamlet has, indeed, gotten his revenge.  On the other hand, that revenge cost Hamlet his life--hardly a fair trade in most people's estimation.  So I guess what I'd answer you  is this--Hamlet did get the revenge he sought, but at too high a price. 

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  1. “To be or not to be” is a rhetorical statement where the reader is drawn in to this part of the play. It starts the reader thinking about the main theme of this play and how it is going to come through most throughout this entire act. Starting on page 138, this famous soliloquy is about Hamlet contemplating whether or not he wants to struggle through the difficulties of life or commit suicide.  In line 80 page 140, Hamlet uses a metaphor, referring to death as "the undiscovered country, from whose bourne no traveler returns…" or the unknown. Where life and living are a more known and a comfortable path.
  1. He is asking why we all suffer all the problems that life gives us, when it would be easy to end it all by simply killing ourselves. But he speculates that we are afraid to take that action because of our fear of the not knowing. He considers that maybe what we don't know is that after death it might be worse than anything that we face during life.  It also refers to the fact that having a conscience will make you less willing to do certain things. When you think too hard about something, by nature you are worried about its consequences are less likely to go through with it than if you were to just charge forward without thinking.

 

 

 

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