Taking revenge on one’s enemy entails a lot of complex planning and deft handling. The person taking revenge keeps in close contact with his audience and this is done through soliloquies that are narrated from time to time throughout the play. The crime usually takes place within the family circle and is committed against a family member. The avenger usually isolates himself from the others and this tragic lonely state culminates into madness before executing his demonic deed. All of these salient features spoken of can be found in the tragic story of ‘Hamlet’. The isolation in Hamlet is interrupted by soliloquies prompted by a ghostly apparition that haunts him. Hamlet keeps in very close contact with his audience in the seven soliloquies of the play that included the famous soliloquy ‘To be or not to be’. (Act 3, Scene 1) The period of revenge begins from the time of crisis when the avenger begins to doubt the sanctity or good intentions or actions of the one to be avenged. From that moment he seeks to punish his opponent through tough and complex planning of his crime.
In Hamlet, Shakespeare beautifully brings out the darkness of the play by introducing a ghost who speaks to a Hamlet during the dark nights, all the while prodding and forcing him to commit his murderous deed. The meeting of the ghost with Hamlet has a great impact on the audience by making them guess that something hateful and gruesome was about to take place. The seed of revenge is sowed in Hamlet’s heart when Claudius decides to marry Hamlet’s mother Gertrude. The ghost plays an important role by moving the story forward with his insinuations, telling Hamlet that he had been chosen to take revenge on Claudius because he had to get punished for his sexual misdeeds. Hamlet, wants to take his revenge immediately by murdering Claudius, but he drags on this crime right to the end of the play. In order to avenge the death of his father, Hamlet stalks his enemy Claudius by