Keyishian, Harry. The Shapes of Revenge: Victimization, Vengeance and Vindictiveness in Shakespeare. 1995.
A recent contribution to the literature on this theme, this book analyses the treatment of revenge in a variety of plays, with a particular interest in the psychology of revenge.
Location: General PR 3069 .R46 K48 1995
Marcellus (who like everybody else surelysuspects Claudius of foul play) says, "Something is rottenin the state of Denmark" (usually misquoted and misattributed toHamlet himself.) Horatio says God will take care of Hamlet ("Heaven will direct it").
Revenge can be interpreted as a separate character in Hamlet.
If you know the play well, these echoes grow stronger when Felix decides to exact his revenge by conjuring up a new version of “The Tempest” designed to overwhelm his enemies.” “Atwood brilliantly pulls off the caper in a short novel that should be assigned to high school students as a hilarious riff on one of Shakespeare’s more mystifying plays.
The theme of revenge is depicted in many works of literature.
Ammelhede exists to this very day, and in 1933 thelocal tourist board put up a stone with this memorial inscription:"Amled ypperste / Oldtids-snille / teed sig tåbe /Til Hvnens time / Kaaret paating / Af jyder til konge/ H jsat han hviler / Paa Ammel Hede" ( = "Amledthe greatest / Craftiest of Old / Acted a fool / Until the hour ofrevenge / Elected at the "Ting" / by Jutes to be king / raised high he rests /at Ammel Heath" [my translation]) So next time you visit Denmark, stopby Ammelhede, a few miles to the south-east of Randers -- don't eventhink about visiting the bogus 'Hamlet's Grave' between Elsinore andCopenhagen!
It is described as atragedy with a ghost crying "Hamlet, revenge!".
(In Shakespeare's era, a monarch was called by the name of his countryfor short.) Shakespeare's heroes all develop as people, andmany people (myself included) dislike Hamlet's attitudetoward women as evidenced in the first half of the play.
It's hard, though, to see this as a major theme of thisrevenge play.
Perhaps someof the original text of the play has been lost from the folio version.)Hamlet'sspeech to his mother has less to do with the murderand how it is wrong than with her sexual misbehavior andher not mourning her loving first husband.
Essay Revenge in Hamlet -- Critical Analysis, Shakespeare
Somebody will ask you to say that Hamlet is a very bad person for wanting to wait for his revenge until the king is more likely to end up going to hell.