Hamlet displays his reluctance by deciding to test the validity of what the Ghost has told him by setting up a “play something like the murder of (his) father’s” (2.2.624) for Claudius. Hamlet will then “observe his looks” (2.2.625) and “if he do blench” (2.2.626) Hamlet will know that he must avenge his father’s death. In the course of Hamlet avenging his father’s death, he is very hesitant, “thinking too precisely on the event” (4.4.43). “Now might I do it…and he goes to heaven…No” (3.3.77-79) and Hamlet decides to kill Claudius while “he is drunk asleep, or in his rage, or in th’ incestuous pleasure of his bed” (3.3.94-95). As seen here, Hamlet’s contradicting thought that Claudius “goes to heaven” (3.3.79) influences him to change his plans for revenge.
Ophelia, Hamlets lover, goes to her father to tell him about Hamlet how different he is being. She says to him “As if he had been loosèd out of hell to speak of horrors— he comes before me” (II.i.93-94), she says this because she is worried for Hamlet. Polonius then says he is going to tell the king “Come, go we to the King. This must be known,” (II.i.130-131), this is the first time the King will hear Hamlet is starting to go mad. To a readers perspective, they will see Hamlet following a plan that was ordered from the spirit to avenge his fathers death.
Hamlet anatomizes grievance for all time. But does he suffer these grievances? He has a complaint indeed against the King and one against Ophelia. Why not do something about them instead of meditating on suicide? (93) Marchette Chute in “The Story Told in Hamlet” describes just how close the hero is to suicide while reciting his most famous soliloquy: Hamlet enters, desperate enough by this time to be thinking of suicide.
In his plan the players that are visiting the castle will reenact the murder of Hamlet's father in the lines that Hamlet has written for them. This plan works because when Claudius sees the reenactment he runs out of the room in fright, revealing to Hamlet and everyone else that Claudius did indeed murder Hamlet I. Hamlet is also hesitant in this play. This is seen when Hamlet is about to kill Claudius. Hamlet wants to kill Claudius, but decides not to when he sees Claudius repenting his sins. This can be seen in Act III scene III lines 74-79 when Hamlet says: "Now might I do it pat, now he is praying;
When the King abruptly leaves before the closing curtain; Hamlet believes that it is a sign of guilt. Ready to slaughter the King after this revelation, Hamlet stealthy enters behind Claudius while the man is alone, with his sworn drawn. Though before he strikes Hamlet takes notice that Claudius is praying. Quickly Hamlet makes the justification that if Claudius was slaughtered while upon his knees repenting then his soul would rise to heaven, “And so he goes to heaven,” (3.3.79). Postponing his revenge until the time when Claudius was, “When he is drunk asleep, or in rage./Or in th’ pleasure of his bed,/ At game a-swearing, or about some act/That has ... ... middle of paper ... ...ge and self defense.
Hamlet was about to kill his uncle, King Claudius while he was praying but then at the last second he decided not to. Hamlet decided that because Claudius killed his father while he was sleeping, sending his soul to purgatory, this wouldn’t be good enough revenge to kill his uncle while praying, sending his soul to heaven. “Now might I do it pat, now he is a-praying. And now ill do’t. And so he does to heaven; And so am I revenged” (Hamlet Act 3 Scene, Pg.
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.
Hamlet not knowing of the circumstance, lets his murderous uncle live another day in hopes to find his sinning again so he can take his revenge. This is where Mel Gibson makes his point. If Hamlet would have killed his uncle while in prayer, he could have saved many lives. Those lives include Polonius, Ophelia, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Laertes, Gertrude, and Hamlet himself. Seven lives could have been saved if Hamlet only had the courage and the rage needed to slay his uncle when he had the prime chance to.
But such a survey has another consequence which might easily be overlooked: that of highlighting the consistent lucidity of his soliloquies, despite whatever anger, disgust, and/or melancholia is expressed therein. Prince Hamlet decides to let his anger out by killing Claudius. When traveling actors come to do a play, hamlet asks them to reenact the scene of the murder through Prince Hamlet’s mind. When the scene came, King Claudius left. Hamlet came running after him, and an essay adds on to say this: One of the most revealing scenes about Hamlet’s anger can be found where Claudius is praying to absolve his sins.
Once Hamlet stumbles upon his uncle praying he says: “Now might I do it pat now a is praying. / And now I’ll do’t, / and so a goes to heaven, / And so I am revenged. That would be scanned. / A villain kills my father, and for that / I, his sole son, do this same villain send / to heaven” (3.4.73-77). Hamlet had the perfect opportunity to commit regicide here yet instead of going to Claudius and killing him Hamlet stays back and once again begins to ponder the possibilities of whether or not this is really a good time to do it.