In Hamlet several characters attempt to lead their enemies into their death as vengeance for any wrongdoings. This highlights the theme of revenge in the play. Revenge is a constant theme throughout the plot. Not only is it the cause for most scenes, but it also has a huge impact on the story as a whole. The main revenge plots within the play are, Hamlets efforts to avenge his father by killing Claudius, Laertes target to avenge the murder of his father by killing Hamlet, and Fortinbra’s wish to reclaim his father’s land. These revenge plots play a major role in presenting to the audience the theme of revenge through as series of developed plans of payback. Shakespeare’s first uses revenge to create conflict between Hamlet and Claudius. In Act 1, Hamlet is visited by the ghost of his father, who makes Hamlet aware of his murder done by his own brother. This is where Hamlet is first introduced to the revenge plot between himself and Claudius. Hamlet’s desire to get revenge for his father is the driving force to the development of the play. Another act of revenge that determines the theme of revenge is when Claudius informs Laertes that Hamlet is responsible for his father’s murder, Laertes swears he will avenge the death; “only I’ll be revenged most thoroughly for my father” (IV,v, 113-134). He immediately agrees to take part of in the King’s plan to kill Hamlet.


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