As a result of Hamlet 's isolation with other people, Hamlet is forced to analyse all his actions by himself, however, without verification Hamlet excuses and delays his revenge by overanalyzing his situation. In the end, Hamlet became isolated from society and those that were closest to him. By himself, Hamlet began to question himself further confusing himself and distracting him from his goal of revenge. Through the death of his father, hamlet lost trust in his people. Through the betrayal and remarrying of his mother, Hamlet lost trust in his mother and women, leading to his distrust in Ophelia.
In the play Hamlet, the main character Hamlet is your typical tragic hero - he is destined for greatness, but he fails thanks to his fatal flaw: inaction. Throughout the story, he repeatedly contemplates what he should do, or focuses on torturing his mother and uncle instead of simply taking action like his father’s ghost told him to. He constantly sits back and does nothing while others around him take action. This gets him into a great deal of trouble and ultimately causes his own demise. This flaw of his is not only fatal to himself, but to others as well.
Had Hamlet anticipated the dept of Ophelia's guilt for driving him towards what she believed insanity and her love for Polonius, he might have been able to save her life. While Hamlet is cunning, clever, and well educated, he still posses character flaws that ultimately led to his downfall. His hesitation throughout the play causes miss opportunities to take revenge against Claudius, the death of Polonius, and the revenge and death of Laertes. Likewise to his indecisiveness, Hamlet undergoes an internal battle of religious reasoning and lacks the ability to anticipate the consequences of his actions which results in the deaths of almost all the characters. While Hamlet is not solely to blame for the destruction of the Danish Monarchy, his character flaws cause a ripple effect of disastrous events which leads to death, destruction, and tragedy.
Hamlet calls himself a coward for not doing anything to avenge his father, but rather just staying depressed and weep all day. According to Bradley, “Hamlet was restrained by conscience or a mural scruple; he could not satisfy himself that it was right to avenge his father” (Bradley 4). Hamlet is aware of his constant delays, but still cannot ready himself to kill Claudius because of the excuses he continuously makes up. After criticizing himself, Hamlet sets up a plan that only prolongs his chance of killing Claudius. Hamlet says, “The play’s the thing/ Wherin I’ll catch the conscience of the King” (Shakespeare 2.2 616-617).
He is not positive of an afterlife, therefore he doesn't have the courage to end his life. "Now might I do it prat," (Beaty, 1363) is a soliloquy in which we see a shift in Hamlet's rationalization. Hamlet, as his fathers only son, is seeking revenge for his fathers death, but is afraid that a quick death for Claudius would not be enough. Hamlet feels that waiting until Claudius is in an immoral situation would make him suffer in death because he would not be allowed to repent for his sins. During this soliloquy Hamlet is caught up in his plot for revenge and has foregone, for the moment, his plan of suicide.
This is shown by Hamlet’s refusal to commit murder thus preventing Hamlet from committing suicide at a time when he felt like doing so to avenge his father’s death because both murder and suicide are considered sins (Cahn 97). " To be, or not to be, that is the question:/ Whether’ tis nobler in the mind to suffer/ The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune/ or to take arms a sea of troubles…", (Act III, I.) Hamlet is questioning if it is worth living in such misery or not as everyday he is burdened with trying to avenge his father’s death. At this stage Hamlet is suicidal and risks himself being estranged from his religious principals as he begins to think of suicide. If Hamlet were to kill Claudius, he would be violating a central religious principle against murdering another human being.
He has been questioning himself and whether he is a coward, because all he has done is talk, not having taken any action. Now that Hamlet knows the murderous sin Claudius has committed, Hamlet feels no guilt in avenging his father’s death. The plot takes a turn, as Hamlet becomes more of a man of action than a philosopher. In the prayer scene, Hamlet misses his best opportunity to kill Claudius and avenge his father’s death. With no guards around, Claudius is alone and he is unaware that Hamlet is lurking in the shadows.
Sadly, Ophelia was also affected by Hamlet’s acting skills and she went insane. She could not handle the emotional stress that Hamlet caused her by claiming he did not love her even though he once claimed he did and also the death of her father. Eventually, she falls from a branch into a stream and dies. Even though this is not part of Hamlet’s plan, he continues with plan of
(III; iv; 29-30). Hamlet is revolted by the idea of his uncle and his mother married. Hamlet also encounters loneliness and despair from Ophelia. As part of Hamlet’s "plan" to put on an antic disposition he distances himself from Ophelia who he is actually in love with. He does this by insulting her and convincing her that he is mad and never had any true feelings for her.
Some reasons which include not being unable to commit the murder are Hamlet's fear of what would happen if he did kill Claudius, his concience bothering him for taking the life of his uncle, his disbelief in the ghost, and because of his facination with death. The most important reason that him back from committing the murder is if Hamlet were to carry out what the Ghost told him and carried out immediate revenge, how would Hamlet be able to convince the people that he justifiably executed an act of revenge. Another reason Hamlet procrastinates is that his psychological feelings confuse his ability to confront his destiny. Hamlet's dilemma has little to do with what decision he should make, but if he would be able to make any at all. Hamlet could have also lost his ... ... middle of paper ... ...ly major fear in Hamlet is that of people finding out what he is thinking.