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Redemption in Hamlet

By Alex, Ryann and Kaleigh

Alexandria Pozojevic

on 7 November 2013

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Transcript of Redemption in Hamlet

Radical Redemption in Hamlet
Hamlet seeks redemption through revenge.
Hamlet finds out from the ghost of his father, King Hamlet, that his uncle Claudius who is now king murdered King Hamlet. 
King Hamlet was a great king, loving father and husband. The balance of nature is upset when he is murdered.  Where Hamlet should naturally have been next to the throne, Claudius is chosen to be king.
Hamlet needs to redeem himself, and the only way to do this is put a stop to Claudius.
Hamlet says of Claudis, "He that hath killed my king and whored my mother, / Popped in between th' election and my hopes, / Thrown out his angle for my proper life" (V.ii.64-66).
Hamlet is challenged to take revenge by his father and to seek redemption for himself. "So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt hear” (I.v.7).
Hamlet has a hard time finding redemption because he often thinks rather than acts, and talks himself out of doing what wants.  When he does act, it is often rash and impulsive.
Hamlet needs a second push from the ghost of his father to remind him of what he is supposed to do. The ghost tells Hamlet, “Do not forget” (III.iv.112).
Finally, in the last scene of the play, Hamlet redeems himself when he ends Claudius' life and is forgiven for killing Polonius.  His redemption, however, costs him his life.
Laertes Final Redemption
Right before the duel Laertes says to Hamlet:
"I am satisfied in nature,
Whose motive, in this case, should stir me most
I stand revenge: but in my terms of honour
I stand aloof, and will no reconcilement,
Till by some elder masters, of known honour,
I have a voice and precedent of peace,
To keep my name ungored. But till that time,
I do receive your offer'd love like love
And will not wrong it" (V,ii,235-244)

Fortinbras's Redemption
Fortinbras is determined to redeem his fathers death and get back the land that he lost.
Fortinbras gets an army ready to fight with Denmark for the land back.

Not only does Fortinbras get the land back, but he also becomes King of Denmark when in the end everyone has died.

So what?
"the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt" (Oxford).
Characters in William Shakespeare's Hamlet use revenge as a means for redemption.
Discussion Questions
Of Hamlet, Laertes and Fortinbras, who do you think had the most fulfilling redemption? Why?
Do you think Claudius could have redeemed himself if he wasn't murdered?
Do you think Hamlet, Laertes, and Fortinbras all had good reasons to seek redemption?
Works Cited
Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Ed. Roma Gill. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Hopson, Shamekia. "Laertes in Hamlet: Character Analysis, Revenge & Quiz." Education Portal. Education Portal , n.d. Web. 1 Nov 2013. <http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/laertes-in-hamlet-character-analysis-revenge-quiz.html
"redemption". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press, n.d. Web. 03 November 2013. <http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/redemption>.
Speagle, Kelly. "The Revenge of Laertes and Fortinbras." . N.p., 16 Apr 2010. Web. 3 Nov 2013. <http://revengeinhamlet.blogspot.ca/2010/04/revenge-quotes-in-hamlet-kelly-speagle.html>.
"Of unimproved metal, hot and full, Hath in the skirts of Norway, here and there Shark’d up a list of lawless resolutes, For food and diet, to some enterprise That hath a stomach in’t: which is no other. -And it doth well appear unto our state- But to recover of us, by strong hand And terms compulsatory, those ‘foresaid lands So by his father lost.” -Horatio ( i, i, 95-104)
Laertes Redemption
After Polonius is killed by Hamlet while snooping on Hamlet and his mother, Laertes seeks revenge
He seeks redemption through avenging his father
Laertes and his father have a pretty good relationship, he says:
"I stay too long; but here my father comes.
O double blessing is a double grace;
Occasion smiles upon a second leave" (I,iii,52-54)
Laertes storms the castle to fight Claudius, the king, for he thinks that Claudius killed Polonius
When he enters Laertes states
"I thank you: keep the door. O thou vile king, Give me my father!" (IV.v.114)
Hamlet's Redemption
Characters such as Fortinbras, Laertes and Hamlet
seek redemption for those who have been wronged
They find redemption not only for themselves but their fathers by avenging them
"But I do prophesy the election lights On Fortinbras; he has my dying voice"- Hamlet (V, ii, 348-349)
By: Alexandria, Kaleigh, and Ryann
According to Shamekia Hopson, a high school English teacher and has a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, "Claudius decides to use Laertes' help in killing Hamlet because
Laertes is violent and seeks revenge for the death of his father. Laertes is fighting for his family's name and pride by avenging his father's death"
Also, " After Laertes is wounded by Hamlet, he informs Hamlet of Claudius' plot to kill him and
asks Hamlet for forgiveness
. He also forgives Hamlet for his role in Polonius' death. In the end,
Laertes dies trying to avenge his father's death and protect his family's name
" (Hopson).

Tries to Redeem himself
After watching the the revised performance from the actors, Claudius' conscience intensifies
He realizes the evil in his deed of killing his brother and says a complete soliloquy about it
"My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent,
And, like a man to double business bound,
I stand in pause where I shall first begin,
And both neglect. What if this cursèd hand
Were thicker than itself with brother’s blood?
Is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens
To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy
But to confront the visage of offence?
And what’s in prayer but this twofold force,
To be forestallèd ere we come to fall
Or pardoned being down? Then I’ll look up.
My fault is past. But oh, what form of prayer
Can serve my turn, “Forgive me my foul murder?(III,iii,41-53)"
Claudius is seeking redemption from his own sins from a higher power
It is argued whether he is sincere in this wish
In contrast, the character Claudius
finds redemption in forgiveness for own sins
He seeks redemption from a higher power in hopes to save his soul
Laertes, Hamlet and Fortinbras are literally killing to achieve redemption while Claudius is looking for redemption because he has killed
Whether these characters actually find redemption is debatable
All characters commit acts that would require extra redemption
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