Revenge and Vengeance


The Time for Vengeance Finally Arrives

In Act Three, Hamlet is proven correct when Claudius's reaction to the reenactment in the play of King Hamlet's murder confirms his suspicions, so he decides it is finally time to act now that he is sure Claudius poisoned his father. Hamlet decides to kill Claudius when he commits a sin so that he will go straight to hell. Claudius, now aware of Hamlet's suspicions against him after the play, decides to send Hamlet to England where he will not know he is being sent for execution. It is finally time for Hamlet to fulfill his promise to avenge his father.

 In scene two Hamlet says, "Now could I drink hot blood And do such bitter business as the day Would quake to look on." Hamlet wants revenge for his father. He is passionate in his thoughts of revenge right here and wants to slay Claudius and spill his blood. He says that the deed he wants to carry out is too harsh for the light and innocence of daytime. He says that even the light of day would turn to look away from what he will do to Claudius because it is so horrible.

 In scene three Claudius says, "My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; Words without thoughts never to heaven go." Claudius is praying because he is feeling guilty for what he has done to his brother. He is saying that his words are directed at God in heaven, but his thoughts are "low" meaning that they are depressing and full of knowledge of his misdeeds. By saying "words without thoughts" he is saying that his words are empty because his mind is somewhere else and his thoughts aren't in the words. He knows that he won't be sent to heaven like this because he is praying to God with empty words. What he is telling God, and what he knows he should be saying are two different things. He needs to be asking for forgiveness. People who only pretend to pray, but don't actually have their whole heart in what they are saying, aren't rewarded with going to heaven.