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The Theme of Revenge That Dominates Hamlet

v.189-90). Repeatedly, there is evidence of cosmic consciousness, or consciousness of higher and more important things, at war with all too human conscience and experience. For Hamlet, the war is played out on the issues of action and intention.

These feelings are complicated by the abundance of evidence that the "time is out of joint" (I.v.188). Gertrude's great grief at the elder Hamlet's death is put into the background by her apparent delight at being Claudius's new wife. Hamlet's morose attitude, even before learning of the appearance of his father's ghost, can be traced to the fact that Hamlet very much needs an ordered universe. The "o'erhasty marriage" of his mother after his father's sudden death violates Christian custom and practice. Called back to Denmark, but not in time to either bid his father good-bye or witness the genuineness of his mother's grief, Hamlet is now subjected to a lively marriage celebration that has overtaken the period of mourning. Indeed, every normal human behavior has been turned upon its head since the elder Hamlet's death.

Hamlet's entire experience of home and family has been disrupted by the religious prohibition against marrying one's brother's wife. He speaks of his home as an unweeded garden and of the marriage as incestuous sheets. Whatever hero-worship Hamlet had for his father, he retains, particularly when he compares Claudius to his father: "My father's brother, but no more like my father / Than I to Hercules" (I.ii.152-3). He is bewildered by what Gertrude could have seen in Claudius, complicated by his memories of the love between Gertrude and Hamlet. "Must I remember? why, she would hang on him, / As if increase of appetite had grown / By what it fed on: and yet, within a month-- / Let me not think on't--Frailty, thy name is woman!" (I.ii.143-46). Hamlet remembers his parents' marriage as a love match, with King Hamlet as solicitous of Gertrude's comfort as she was of his love, "so ...

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