An Eye for an Eye Analytical Essay by kirst

An Eye for an Eye
A discussion of the themes of anger, action and revenge in the play "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare.
# 2204 | 1,315 words | 1 source | 1998 | US
Published on Feb 16, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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In Shakespeare?s ?Hamlet,? both Laertes and Hamlet take justice into their own hands. The paper explains how they demonstrate pure emotive behavior, restrained with confusion and unrestrained with determination as a means of ?righting? a death of which they deem unjust in the Elizabethan world. Both men avenge death by applying their own punishment, even though it leads to the end of both of their lives. Anger and action are the focus of this essay.

From the Paper:

"As Laertes and Hamlet take justice into their own hands, they demonstrate rash behavior when infuriated in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Laertes and Hamlet are not in fear of the consequences of their actions, for they reason that such revenge is just. Anger in a deceitful world fuel the two young men to seek revenge. Such revenge serves as an individual right to personal justice. Laertes acts upon pure emotion and fury as he avenges the death of his father. Hamlet ponders his situation indecisively before taking action, yet ultimately acts out of anger and fury. Both sons eventually refuse state justice and apply punishment where they deem fair. Their fury eventually leads to the tragic end to both of their lives. "

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