Deceit, Madness And Vengeance In William Shakespeare's Hamlet
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William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is a tragedy filled with deceit, madness and vengeance. The story is based on the Prince of Denmark, who is struggling to cope with the death of his father. The Prince is in love with an innocent girl named Ophelia. In the story, Hamlet and Ophelia faced many tragic experiences. Hamlet’s biggest tragic flaws are his inability to avenge his father’s death and being overcome with madness by not being able to.
The ghost of his deceased father appears to him and gives him the difficult task of inflicting harm on his murderer. Hamlet accepts the challenge; however, he finds it difficult to carry out the plan because he does not want to murder anyone. Hamlet tried to detain the act of killing his father’s murderer, by acting crazy. He was then sent to England, by Claudius.…show more content… Hamlet had to decide if he wanted to get revenge for his father’s death. The ghost of his father told him that it was his brother Claudius that poisoned and killed him. When the Prince learned about his uncle’s deceit, he was told to kill him; which led Hamlet to become very mad and confused. He did not know if he should go through with the plan or to take his own life. This is when Hamlet states “To be or not to be.” (Shakespeare 63) At first, Hamlet does not believe that the ghost should be trusted; although he wanted to believe the ghost. In the story the ghost stated “I am thy father’s spirit, doomed for a certain term to walk the night, and for the day confined to fast in fires, Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature are burnt and purged away” (9-12) This is when the ghost approaches Hamlet and tries to convince him that he is his father. The ghost claims he will be doomed to damnation if Hamlet did not help him move into heaven by purging his sins. The only way to purge his father's sins would be to murder his own uncle,