Essay Archive - Hamlet: Revenge or Scruples?
Hamlet: Revenge or Scruples?
“'Vengeance is mine,' sayith the Lord”. What does this mean? I believe
what the Christians meant it to mean is that we, as humans, have no right to
seek revenge, that only “the Lord” has the right to decide when to take revenge.
We say this, but do we follow it? No, I think not. We all try to take revenge
into our own hands, in one form or another.
Revenge is one strong theme that holds throughout “Hamlet”. We see
Prince Hamlet try to execute a kind of private vengeance, an eye for an eye,
which is completely opposite of the Christian teachings. Hamlet is a man who