o In Act Five, the motif of revenge illustrates that this action is not beneficial to the
party that carries it out.
o In other words, nothing good can come of revenge.
o This is exemplified through the examples of Laertes, Claudius, and Fortinb
o Act One, Scene Five
The ghost tells Hamlet that he is his father and that Claudius had
seduced his mother and poisoned his father so, as a result, he
should kill Claudius.
After Hamlet gets back to the others, he does not tell them what his
father has t
Act Three, Scene Three
o Claudius tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to go with Hamlet to
o Also, Polonius notices that Hamlet is on his way to his mothers room and
quietly goes there to spy on them.
o Finally, Hamlet walks by Claudius while he
He says King, father, royal Dane. O, answer me That thou, dead corpse, again
in complete steel/ Revisits thus the glimpses of the moon, which sheds light on
his devotion to his father, the previous king of Denmark, and therefore the
country itself and it
o Act One, Scene One
Horatio, Marcellus, and Bernardo are on guard at the royal castle,
waiting to see the ghost that is said to have been appearing.
Once this ghost appears, they try and get it to talk but are
After the ghost
o Act Four, Scene Two
In a passageway in the castle, Hamlet makes fun of Rosencrantz
and Guildenstern while they ask him about Polonius.
After this, he runs away and they chase him.
o Act Four, Scene Three
In the same room as the first scene, Claudius sen
o First, during the Act One, Hamlet has aspects of chaos when he confronts
Ophelia and says Get thee to a nunnery! Why wouldst thou be a/ breeder
of sinners? (III, I, 131-132).
o This is because he is blatantly insulting Ophelia in a way that is not
o Act Five, Scene One
In a graveyard, Hamlet and Horatio come upon two grave diggers digging
a grave after which they come upon a funeral
soon realize that it is Ophelias funeral (because the King, the
Queen, and Laertes are there)
Laertes is extremely up
Hamlet and Fortinbras
This is an instance of madness because of her random instances of
The next example of this is in Scene Four when Hamlet is discussing why
Fortinbras is taking such drastic actions with the Captain of the army.
Act Four, Scene Seven
In the same room as Scene Five, Claudius and Laertes meeting
is interrupted by the arrival/ presentation to them of Hamlets
Upset, Claudius decides that that, since he failed to kill Hamlet,
he would do it in another way.