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In William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, to what extent is Hamlet's quest for revenge justifiable in terms of the situation presented?

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One of the most hotly debated issues concerning the title character of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is whether or not Hamlet’s desire for revenge is justified. Some readers have long censured Hamlet for his supposed “delay” in taking revenge, and indeed many essays and books have been written trying to explain the reasons for that delay. On the other hand, some readers have rejected altogether the idea that Hamlet should even consider taking revenge, let alone actually do so. These readers have called attention to the standard Christian injunction against revenge, noting that the Bible taught that punishment of evil should be left in God’s hands. These readers inevitably cite Romans 12:19:

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

In an ideal world, Hamlet should have let God deal with Claudius . According to readers who embrace this...

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