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Piz 1 Juan Pablo Piz Melissa Dugan English 102 5/2/2017 Revenge, Unsweetened Revenge Hamlet, Prince of Denmark , by William Shakespeare, is one of the most important and influential plays ever written, being performed in 1600. Shakespeare was baptized in April 26 th , 1564, in Stratford, England and grew up to be considered one of the best English poets, dramatists and writers in the history of literature. He died on April 23 rd , 1616, in Stratford, leaving a literary legacy to England and the world. Hamlet, Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, tells the story of a Danish prince that is commanded by the spirit of his father to take revenge against his uncle, the actual King of Denmark. By looking at how long Hamlet takes to get revenge from his uncle Claudius, King of Denmark, it is evident that many factors were influencing his decision and, as a consequence, making him take longer to execute his plan. This is important because Hamlet has a desire to kill his uncle Claudius, but an internal fight with himself is holding him back. Throughout the play, one notices that Hamlet has chances to kill Claudius, but he finds himself confused after meeting with the spirit of his dad, former king of Denmark. He does not want Claudius to go to heaven as a consequence of his revenge. Hamlet has mixed feelings towards his mother, and her death is the event that causes Hamlet to take immediate action against the actual King of Denmark. The meeting of Hamlet with the spirit of his murdered father creates an impact on Hamlet since it opens his eyes to a reality that he is not familiarized with. His uncle Claudius, actual King of Denmark, seems empathetic and demonstrates support and kindness towards Hamlet after his father passes away. Claudius has a conversation with Hamlet where he
Piz 2 mentions, “You are the most immediate to our throne;/ and with no less nobility of love/ Than that which dearest father bears his son,/ Do I impart toward you” (I.II.109-112), as he tries to comfort Hamlet after his loss. When the spirit of his father tells Hamlet about Claudius poisoning his father, Hamlet is confused because he cannot believe what his uncle has done after the support. As said before in A.S. Topchyan’s essay Once Again on Hamlet’s Procrastination, “the psychological obstacle to committing murder for someone who is not a killer by nature, has not been given proper emphasis in the sea of literature on the play” (281). Hamlet is shocked because before he sees his dad’s spirit, he has good feelings towards Claudius as a man who can be relied on. Chikako D. Kumamoto wrote about this topic on his essay Gertrude, Ophelia, Ghost: Hamlet’s Revenge and the Abject, by stating: “The Ghost renders Hamlet an abject while radicalizing him into becoming a transgressive outsider

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