Death, revenge, and back stabbing are all apart of the excitement of Shakespeare’s novel, Hamlet. Without them, the novel would not be as exciting as it is. I couldn’t help but compare my own life experiences to become connected with the novel and enjoy it more. Each part can be compared to our lives and experiences we have today.
Death affects thousands of people every single day. Coping with a death can be very difficult because we aren’t sure how to cope with the loss. We cannot be taught how to cope with losing someone close to us because we all cope with it in our own personal ways. Some of us grieve and try to move on. Others believe that they will see them again on the other side, bringing them peace and comfort after a loss. There are those of us that are like Hamlet and want payback for someone wronging them. How I see it is if you get back or kill the person who has done wrong, then your just reliving the stress, worry, and guilt they would otherwise feel if they were kept alive.
One definition of Revenge is- “malignant wishing of evil to one who has done us an injury”. To me, revenge is something that should be done carefully. I wouldn’t want the killer to be killed or hurt, nor would I want to attack them. If we do the same hurt they did to us, we are just as bad as they are. Two wrongs do not make a right. Even if my own father, like Hamlets father, was murdered and I knew who murdered him, I wouldn’t want to get revenge on the individual. Most people would want that person to die so they could bring the murderer to justice. I wouldn’t want them dead. I would want them to be stuck in prison for life. I’d want them to have to live there life alone in a cell. They would have to live the rest of their life with the knowledge that they took an innocent life and affected the lives of many people. That would be justice served. “If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?” -William Shakespeare.
We have all experienced back stabbing, weather it be from family or friend. Back stabbing is something people do for self gratification and to feel superior over others. In Shakespeare we see this when Hamlets uncle kills the king, his father. Not only does he do this to wear the crown, but to be wed with the Queen. If you have ever back stabbed someone, then you know that it is not as gratifying as you thought it would be. It doesn’t solve anything, just makes situations worse. You are just becoming like the people you always complain about with your friends.
We need to just live our lives and respect other people. -JJ