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Analytical Essay

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Violence is ruining the lives of many people in our nation and across the world. People can try to avoid it all they want, but the fact remains that everybody at one point or another will be influenced in some way by violence. Whether you witness a brutal beating, know someone who was put through pain and agony they didn’t deserve, or are the one carrying out the cruel and heartless acts of violent behavior, it will change the way you live your life. Some people experience violence more often than others, but everyone will eventually witness a scene of violence if they just observe society for a day or two. The way people interact with one another has changed in certain areas because people have become afraid of how others will react, or overreact rather, to what they are doing or saying. Violence definitely controls our lives and fates much more than we may think or be aware of.
If you read the story of Hamlet, you will see how violence can completely change and possibly ruin someone’s life. In the story, Hamlet’s father is poisoned, leading to his death, by his own brother. The ghost of his father appears to Hamlet and informs him of the murder. The apparition tells Hamlet to seek revenge for his unnatural murder. Hamlet responds by saying, “Haste me to know't, that I, with wings as swift as meditation or the thoughts of love, may sweep to my revenge.”(Shakespeare, 1607, I.iiiii.29-31). This quote tells it all. Hamlet hears of his father’s murder and decides he must retaliate and murder his father’s killer. This happens in life all the time. It creates an endless cycle of killing and acts of brutality that can easily be avoided if people were to quit being so stubborn and stuck in their ways. The story also says, “How all occasions do inform against me, and spur my dull revenge! What is a man, if his chief good and market of his time be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more. Sure he that made us with such large discourse, looking before and after, gave us not that capability and godlike reason to fust in us unused. Now whether it be bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple of thinking too precisely on the event, a thought which, quartered, hath but one part wisdom and ever three parts coward. I do not know why yet I live to say 'This thing's to do', sith I have cause, and will, and strength, and means, to do't.” (Shakespeare, 1607, IV.iiii.32-46). This quote also is related to revenge. Hamlet is talking about his failure to act and avenge his father. Later in the story, Hamlet begins to understand that things are the way they are. He seems to stop focusing on revenge so much and accepts that things happen for a reason. The text says, “HORATIO: If your mind dislike anything, obey it. I will forestall their repair hither, and say you are not fit. HAMLET: Not a whit. We defy augury. There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come. If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will come....

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