During various points in the play, Hamlet is presented with opportunities and chances to retaliate on behalf of his father. However, he lacks the resolve and guts to do so. Hamlet himself is discouraged by his lack of action; “But I am pigeon-liver’d, and lack gall” (Shakespeare 2.2.526). He calls himself a wimp who is not daring enough to kill Claudius and instead “must like a whore, unpack my heart with words” (2.2.535). Hamlet’s cowardice, in this part of the scene, is easily noticed.
Claudius responds to situations with a decisive manor, has few morals if any and he is always power-hungry and will do anything to get that power. Hamlet has a more of an impulsive nature, that he struggles to control through out the play, however Claudius has a more methodical nature. He is very indecisive and sometimes this leads to a hasty decision in which he gives his enemies the advantage. When he encounters the Ghost for the first time, he wants to appear brave in front of Marcellus and Horatio, so he decides to say, "My fate cries out And makes each petty artere in this body As hardy as the Nemean lion's nerve. Still am I called.
The resulting inactions leads to his death" ("Characters"). Because Hamlet spends so much time pondering his surroundings, he sometimes misses the chance to act on them. This inability to accomplish anything slowly pulls Hamlet to a point where no amount of thought or action could possibly help him. However, at one point in the play Hamlet comes very near to followin... ... middle of paper ... ...venge their father's deaths, as well as continue living, and richly at that. The decisions of Hamlet, Laertes, and Fortinbras are utilized to show the importance of balancing thought with action in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
This soliloquy marks a time in Hamlet’s lif... ... middle of paper ... ...time, highlighting his inner conflict caused by the must recent events in his life. Secondly, Hamlet offers the audience many intuitions into his meaning of life as he questions the validity of it. In the final soliloquy, Hamlet confirms his madness as he confesses his procrastination and yet he is still unable to see the wrong in his actions. Overall, through the frequent uses of soliloquies in the play Hamlet, Shakespeare unveils to the audience Hamlet’s intimate thoughts allowing them to grasp the key to Hamlet’s mysterious character. Works Cited Mabillard, Amanda.
Hamlet's hesitancy to kill, his excessive consideration of religious morals, and his inability to foresee other characters' reactions lead a domino effect of tragic events to occurs and Hamlet's own self destruction. Throughout the play, Hamlet's hesitation becomes a major character flaw for him due to the many problems which arise that should have been solved much easier. Hamlet first expresses hesitation in believing the existence of his father's ghost. Both he and the guards can plainly see the ghost, and the ghost even speaks to the prince informing Hamlet that he was “murther most foul, as in the best it is;/ But this most foul, strange, and unnatural” by his own brother Claudius (1.5.763-4). However, Hamlet is reluctant to believe what he witnessed and wants to completely the ghost's information is correct before killing Claudius.
O, most wicked speed, to post With such dexterity to incestuous sheet! (Act1 Scene 2. 153-156) With Hamlet having to emotionally deal with his fathers’ death and the stigma of incest in his family, could be his undoing. Hamlet shares how dispirited he genuinely is. Hamlet expounds his heart-ache, but it is virtually like he does not want to kill himself.
His character is clearly shown in this speech. In act 4 scene four, Hamlet finally decides to kill Claudius, but only after seeing men going to a meaningless war. He also decides to stop thinking too “precisely on the event” as this is his flaw and delays him taking action. Unlike the 4th soliloquy, the third and most famous soliloquy seems to be governed b... ... middle of paper ... ...ontemplation over life and death that he would rather live than die. This is because death scares him and he has to revenge his father.
Shakespeare relies heavily on soliloquies to help the reader understand Prince Hamlet. Hamlet is often speaking out loud when he is by himself. This lets the reader know what Hamlet is actually thinking despite what he is telling others around him (Mittelstaedt 126-27). The majority of the soliloquies are moments when Hamlet is overwhelmed by emotion at his situation and deeply upset. Hamlet’s sadness is what the play revolves around.
A Man With No Value One of the most famous Shakespearean lines-"To be or not to be, that is the question” is found in Hamlet, spoken by the title character himself. While this is the most obvious reference that Hamlet makes to this own philosophy, Hamlet makes frequent proclamations about his stifled life throughout the play. Hamlet views his life in a negative manner, to the point where he finds himself contemplating whether or not to end his own life. Hamlet does not value his life, which causes him to become flustered with himself and his lack of action. Therefore, demonstrating that Hamlet does not value his life as one should.
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.