Uncertainty and Revenge in “Hamlet” and “Apology for Raymond Sebond”


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Uncertainty and Revenge in "Hamlet" and "Apology for Raymond Sebond"
This study will analyze the uncertainty of revenge in Hamlet by William Shakespeare and in the context of Montaigne’s arguments for skepticism in Apology for Raymond Sebond. The uncertainty that Hamlet feels about his father’s ghostly image and of his message for revenge against Claudius provides many barriers that isolate Hamlet from reasoning and certainty. Montaigne argues that a person cannot be certain and that doubt or skepticism are selective, revealing the many problems Hamlet has in determining the fate of his uncle. By analyzing the premise of uncertainty in Hamlet’s own journey towards revenge, Montaigne e provides important insight into the subjective nature...
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.....to Claudius’s guilt in the murder of his father. Montaigne provides a philosophical argument that doubt, opinions, and uncertainty all play a vital role in the subjective nature of knowledge, which resulted in the tragic death of many persons in this play. Shakespeare would have certainly agreed with Montaigne on Hamlet’s story as a cautionary tale about uncertainty and doubt being a core reason why people should be more skeptical about issues pertaining to revenge.
Works Cited
Montaigne, Michele De. Apology for Raymond Sebond. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing, 2003.
Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. 2010. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 4 May. 2010 <http://the-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/hamlet/>