The theme of revenge runs through all the scenes of the play and binds it together. On one hand, Hamlet tries to avenge the death of his father at the hands of his brother, King Claudius; on the other, Laertes wants to kill Hamlet in order to avenge the death of his father and sister. Fate plays an important role in the events leading to the tragic end of most of the key characters.
How often are we faced with the question 'to be or not to be' Act III, scene I (58-90). It is precisely this quality of Hamlet, the indecisiveness or the uncertainty that gives the play a universal appeal transcending all borders of time. This soliloquy is probably the most famous speech in the English language, where Hamlet touches upon a question that all living beings come face to face with at some time in their lives. ...Show more