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William Shakespeare once said that “By sin fell the angels” (Henry VIII). In his work of Hamlet, Shakespeare plays off of this quote drastically. A formerly well-behaved Prince Hamlet soon gets himself into a web of sin. Between his lust for revenge caused by his father’s death, his struggle for power over the throne and his lying, scheming, and murdering, Hamlet losses his wings and becomes a fallen angel. Revenge: one crime that cannot be overlooked in the play write of Hamlet seeing as Shakespeare uses it as a central issue. The obsession with revenge is portrayed as completely opposed to genuine Christian virtue and becomes the reason for Hamlet's downfall. Arguably, one may say that Claudius asked for what Hamlet had in store for him but in the end, the play of Hamlet clearly states that revenge is unholy. This vengeance is brought about due to King Claudius killing his brother and Hamlet’s father. Since the prince was so close to his father, he felt betrayed that blood would go as far as to kill. At first, Hamlet is unaware towards who the murderer is but is informed by his father’s ghost that it was his own uncle, Claudius, who took the king’s life.

GHOST: Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.
HAMLET: Haste me to know’t, that I, with wings as swift/As meditation or the thought of love,/May sweep to my revenge (Hamlet I.v.L7).

After talking to the ghost, Hamlet begins plotting acts of revenge towards his uncle. At one point he even plots to kill Claudius when he stumbles upon him praying. “Now might I do it pat, now he is praying;/And now I’ll do’t. And so he goes to Heaven;/And so am I revenged. That would be scann’d:/A villain kills my father; and for that,/I, his sole son, do this same villain send/To Heaven.” (Hamlet III.iiv.L1). But once again, Hamlet finds a reason to not kill Claudius. His rationale? He says he…...

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