I would say, emotionally “Yes” but physically “No”. No matter what, revenge is wrong, as is murder. There is nothing wrong with having a grudge. The angry Hamlet decided to seek revenge for the murder of his father and accomplished this goal. In the play, revenge is killing his uncle, Claudius, who killed Hamlet’s father by pouring poison into his ear, while he was sleeping. I completely understand how Hamlet feels about what Claudius has done to his father. Hamlet has every right to be mad, but he does not have any right to kill Claudius.
If my mother were killed by someone, I would resent the person who killed her and want to seek revenge, but I could not bring myself to kill the murderer. I know my mother would not wish me to kill someone, even though that person is a murderer, because she does not want me to be a murderer. I do not even remotely believe that she will show up as a ghost, either. In addition to how my mother feels about the action of killing someone, I could not personally be able to live with murdering someone on my conscience for the rest of my life.
Hamlet’s father showed up and delivered a message by saying, “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder. ”(, v, 25) However, he did not specifically ask Hamlet to kill Claudius. No matter how hurt or angered Hamlet is, I do not think that Hamlet had to kill Claudius. Although I do not like the idea of revenge, I believe there was a different way to accomplish his revenge other than killing Claudius. Claudius was a murderer whom Hamlet had a grudge against. However, in reality, Hamlet does same thing what Claudius has done; murder someone. As Claudius is blamed, Hamlet should be blamed as well, as a murderer.
Hamlet brought himself down to the same level as his uncle, the murderer of his father. Often times, it is the person who retaliates that is seen as the true culprit or the bad guy. I believe that revenge will only generate more revenge. According to the presentation of Brigitte, the movie “Mean Girls” describes the concept of revenge. Cady seeks revenge of Regina, who betrayed her. Cady accomplishes her revenge, but as she becomes more involved in the revenge game, she accomplishes her personal goals, while risking her friends along the way.
In the end, the two girls will not get along together. I believe that there are two reasons why they cannot be good friends. Firstly, they are both immature. Secondly, the revenge of Cady generates the madness inside of Regina to an even more intense level, so that she cannot ever forgive Cady for what she has done. What is the purpose of revenge? Letting the person know that he/she is wrong? I can accomplish more by sitting and talking to the person who has offended or hurt me. After the death of Hamlet’s father, Hamlet takes it upon himself to seek revenge.
Becoming aware of his plans for revenge, Claudius sends Hamlet to England in an attempt to have him killed, saying that he will not be able to relax until Hamlet is gone, forever. “Do it, England,/ For like the hectic in my blood he rages,/ And thou must cure me. Till I know ‘tis done, / Howe’er my haps, my joys were ne’er begun (IV. iii, lines 61-64). ” The initial murder of Hamlet’s father creates a cycle of revenge and murder, that won’t stop until people are injured or killed.
Because Claudius was fearful of Hamlet knowing the truth about his father’s murder, he attempted to have Hamlet killed. This in turn, led to angering Hamlet even more, eventually causing Claudius’s death. I believe that revenge in itself is wrong. Revenge will not make things better. Forgiving is harder, but the feelings that come after forgiving someone are better than the feelings you may get after revenge. My mother always tells me, “Don’t do anything that you wouldn’t want others to do to you. ”