Revenge and Vengeance

Vengeance is Met

In Act Five, Hamlet uncovers the plot against him and Laertes and Hamlet have a duel that becomes a fight to the death. At the fencing match, King Claudius equips Laertes with a sword that has a poisoned tip so that he can kill Hamlet no matter who wins the duel. King Claudius also has a back-up plan in case Hamlet wins without getting marked by Laertes sword which is the poisoned wine for the winner of the match. Gertrude, ignorant of the wine being poisoned, drinks some of the poisoned cup. In the match, Laertes wounds Hamlet; they switch swords and Hamlet stabs Laertes back who then betrays Claudius for conspiring to kill Hamlet. Hamlet goes after King Claudius and makes him drink the poison and everyone except Horatio dies. All of the corruption and shady plans finally catch up here in the end.

In scene two Hamlet says, "Does it not, think'st thee, stand me now upon- He that hath kill'd my king and whored my mother, Popp'd in between the election and my hopes, Thrown out his angle for my proper life, And with such cozenage- is't not to be damn'd, To let this canker of our nature come In further evil?"  Hamlet is holding a grudge against King Claudius that he hasn't previously mentioned. Hamlet already holds a grudge against Claudius for taking advantage of his absence while he was away at school to "whore" his mother by stealing her away from his father and tainting her purity. Now, he voices that he feels cheated by him for taking his spot as king because he was the rightful heir to the throne. He is mad that Claudius was sleezy and convinced the court to elect him as king. This gives him even more desire to seek his revenge because it's just another thing Claudius has taken from him out of greed. Hamlet wants revenge for his misdeeds because they have had the strongest and foulest impact on himself. He wants to prevent Claudius form further evil.



 Also in scene two, in Hamlet's death scene, Hamlet speaks his last words to Horatio, "O, I die, Horatio; The potent poison quite o'er-crows my spirit: I cannot live to hear the news from England; But I do prophesy the election lights On Fortinbras: he has my dying voice; So tell him, with the occurents, more and less, Which have solicited. The rest is silence." The fight for revenge and vengeance finally ends with Hamlets death from being poisoned by Laertes (with the aid of Claudius). He predicts that Fortinbras will win the next election and gives him his blessing, his "dying voice." The potent poison triumphed over his spirit. He wants Horatio to stay alive to tell his story to the people so that they will know about all of the corruption that led to their fates. He wants the people to know the truth so that they won't honor King Claudius's death because they will know all of the terrible things he did on the inside.