Identify 3 instances of revenge in Hamlet. Who seeks revenge in each instance & what is the outcome? Who gained & lost revenge?

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet, Laertes, and Fortinbras all seek revenge in one way or another. 

Hamlet seeks revenge against Claudius for the murder of Hamlet's father.  Hamlet "wins" and gets revenge, but at great cost, since he gives up a chance to kill Claudius while Claudius is praying and ends up not doing so until the blood bath in Act 5.

Laertes seeks revenge against the killer of his father, Polonius.  At first, Laertes blindly and rashly seeks it against Claudius, though Claudius has nothing to do with the murder.  Then he plots and commits treachery against Hamlet.  He does kill Hamlet, but at the cost of his integrity and dignity.  He confesses to Hamlet before he dies.

Fortinbras seeks revenge against King Hamlet, specifically, and Denmark, in general, for the death of his father while in battle against King Hamlet and Danish forces.  Fortinbras ends up king of Denmark.  He doesn't specifically achieve revenge against King Hamlet or Denmark, or at least he doesn't do anything to achieve it, other than being in the right place at the right time.   

babycub92 | Student

hamlet seeks revenge against claudias who is the evil step father, he is responsible for hamlets fathers death.


laertes seeks revenge after hamlet kills polonius , laertes father. he kills him by accident.

in the end, laertes, claudias and hamlet die if i can remember by memory, ophelia dies too who is hamlets love interest