Anti Essays offers essay examples to help students with their essay writing.

Sign Up

Ham and Bacon Essay

  • Submitted by: jpistols
  • on November 17, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 582 words

Open Document

Below is a free excerpt of "Ham and Bacon Essay" from Anti Essays, your source for free research papers, essays, and term paper examples.

In Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, the character Hamlet learns that the cause of his late father’s death was dealt by the hand of none other than his uncle, Claudius, whom is now King of Denmark. Francis Bacon would approve of Hamlet’s plot of revenge for multiple reasons. So, it is only right that Hamlet should take justice into his own hands because Denmark obviously did not.
        “We are commanded to forgive our enemies; but you never read, that we are commanded to forgive our friends” (Bacon 18-19). When the ghost tells to murder Claudius, Hamlet swears that he must “wipe away all trivial fond records” in order to carry out his revenge (1.5.99). The fact that he must even think about erasing sentimental memories proves Claudius’ betrayal to be that much more wrong. Furthermore, they were both bonded by blood! Not only was he Hamlet’s friend, but as well as his uncle. To make matters worse, even though Claudius has “Hamlet our dear brother’s death the memory be green,” he has “taken to wife” the former queen, also known as Hamlet’s mother (1.2.1,14). Within a few months of the late king’s death, Claudius has “captured” Gertrude’s heart and bewed her. It is one thing to be betrayed by a stranger, but to be betrayed by a friend is unforgivable.
        Bacon also believes that “the most tolerable sort of revenge, is for those wrongs which there is no law to remedy” (11-12). Hamlet exclaims that Claudius “hath killed my king and whored my mother, popped in between th’ election and my hopes, thrown out his angle for my proper life” (5.2.68-70). Hamlet has every right to punish Claudius of his crimes. Denmark obviously did not; on the contrary, they crowned him king. Furthermore, because Claudius is now king, he is virtually unstoppable. Hamlet discovers a royal document containing specific instructions that included “an exact command...that, on the supervise my head should be struck off” (5.2.20-27). The law does one thing in response to this: nothing. So, it is...

Show More


MLA Citation

"Ham and Bacon Essay". Anti Essays. 10 Dec. 2018


APA Citation

Ham and Bacon Essay. Anti Essays. Retrieved December 10, 2018, from the World Wide Web: http://snehaedu.com/free-essays/Ham-And-Bacon-Essay-546649.html