The Laertes Vs Hamlet English Literature Essay


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In Hamlet, there were many themes such as revenge, appearance versus reality, insanity versus sanity, decay and corruption, and many more. Revenge theme is most important one of them, because without it none of the conflicts would happen. Hamlet would just live his normal life without disturbing the king. But other themes also important, as they help to make the story look better in many ways as spices on the food. By having revenge we have corruptions, murders, spying, lying and etc.. During the story, when Hamlet finds out that the king killed his father, he plans on revenging for his father's death. During his planning he kills Polonius. Then Laertes which is Polonius son finds out about his father murder and who's the murderer which is Hamlet. Then Learties starts to plan on murdering the Hamlet. Which is kind of irony on the Hamlet side.

At the beginning of the story Hamlet meets the ghost. The ghost tells Hamlet that he is his father and told "Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder" (Hamlet 72). Ghost told Hamlet that he was murdered by his own brother, and he want's to get him revenged for his brother's murder. The Hamlet still was unsure if it was really his father or it was devil that wanted Hamlet to kill innocent man. So Hamlet started making plans that would prove that Claudius killed his father, and decide if the ghost is either his father or devil.

Hamlet arranges group of players to perform existing play that is closely related to his father's murder, and he have done some tweaks to make the play even closer to the murder. Hamlet's intentions could be understood from this "I'll have these players Play something like the murder of my father Before mine uncle. I'll observe his looks;" (Hamlet 136). Which means that hes going to observer his uncle's reaction to the play and look for something unusual. By clausius reaction he's going to decide if Claudius really killed his father or not. Hamlet started the play and in the middle of play king Claudius got really upset, stopped the play and went out of the room. Hamlet got his proof and we can confirm that when he told "I'll take the ghost's word for a thousand pound." (Hamlet 172) and now he's one hundred percent sure that the ghost is his father.

Hamlet wanted to kill Claudius as fast as he could. When Hamlet found Claudius he was praying, but then Hamlet decided to kill Claudius later when he would have sins and would be sent to hell when Hamlet would kill him and not to the heaven as Hamlet would be doing him favor of killing him"A villain kills my father, and, for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send To heaven. Oh, this is hire and salary, not revenge." (Hamlet 186). Later during the conversation between Hamlet and his mother Gertrude, Hamlet finds out that someone is spying on them under curtains, he thought that it was the king Claudius. So he took his knife and stabbed threw curtains. Then later he finds out that it was not king Claudius but Polonius.

When Laertes came back from other country, he finds out that his father Polonius is dead. He finds out that his father was murdered by his Learties founds out that his father Polonius was murdered by Hamlet. The fact of his father murder he want's to revenge for his father by saying "Let come what comes, only I'll be revenged Most thoroughly for my father's death." (Hamlet 234). Claudius also

supports him and help him plan to kill the Hamlet because he wants him dead since Hamlet in his opinion went outside sanity, and by letting Laertes kill Hamlet would remove big problem from his life.

King Claudius announces sword fight between Hamlet and Laertes, to make sure Hamlet dies Learties cheats by putting poisons on the sword. After the fight Laertes managed to scratch Hamlet which is enough. Later Laertes is dying and told Hamlet "To my revenge; but in my terms of honour" (Hamlet 296). He told hamlet that he's sorry about what happened and it shouldn't ever happened. He's trying to get forgiveness from hamlet and keep his name as good. And Hamlet did forgive him. The fight caused deaths of Claudius, Hamlet, Laertes, and Gertrude. Later the Denmark was taken over by Fortinbras.

Revenge theme appears in the story very constantly. And we even could see when there's two revenges is going on in the story like when Hamlet wanted revenge Claudius for murdering his father. And when Laertes want to revenge Hamlet for murdering his father Polonius In conclusion we could say that the story wouldn't go that way if we would not use revenge in this story, therefore revenge is the major theme in the story. At the end of story the revenge is solved.

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