2. Both Claudius and Hamlet are similar in many ways. They both have trouble taking action and are very indecisive. This can be seen when Claudius wants to pray and repent for his sins but has trouble praying because he does not want to give up everything that he has gained from that sin. He refuses to let everyone know that it was in fact him that killed the king and deal with the consequences that would follow, like him losing the power and respect he gained from being king.
...is conscience. As remorseful as he is he still won't come forward and give up the thrown for redemsion. He is not a true or born evil man but seems to hide his true self to avoid judgment from others. He is guilty but won't come forward because of his greed. When Hamlet comes up behind Claudius he doesn't kill him. At this point he remembers his father and how he was killed without ever revealing his own sins and gaining redemption. I feel that Hamlet couldn't kill Claudius yet because he wanted him to be killed while committing another sin, which would send him to hell or be trapped in purgatory. He doesn't want him to escape damnation. He is waiting to catch him red handed doing something villainy. He needs his revenge to be dramatic. All quotes are taken from: Shakespear,William. The Tradegy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark. June 1998, revised edition, Sylvan Barnet.
Claudius in Hamlet “Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are, and those few dare not oppose themselves to the opinion of the many, who have the majesty of the state to defend them.” - Nicolo Machiavelli, from The Prince Italian political theorist Nicolo Machiavelli speculated that the strongest leaders are ones who are able to carefully balance appearances to his benefit, strategically using them to strengthen his regime. If Machiavelli was indeed correct, then Claudius, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, starts off as an ideal Machiavellian prince. However, as the play develops, Claudius’ loses his previously immovable command and composure, largely due to his concern over the potential threat posed by his stepson, Hamlet.
Once Hamlet is positive that King Claudius did kill his father after catching his guilty conscience during the “Murder of Garbanzo,” he decides to murder him. Upon following out his scheme, Hamlet goes to kill Claudius but he is in the middle of prayer, so Hamlet repents. Claudius is praying to ask forgiveness for murdering his brother, but he is not full-heartedly sorry. Claudius is Catholic and does not want to die with sins on his soul, so he tries to repent his sins but is not genuine. Hamlet decides not to kill him because it would not be fair for Claudius to get to go to Heaven for dying while praying because his father did not get the same chance; King Hamlet died sinful, and Hamlet believes he is now in Hell because of
Hamlet’s actions leave him no choice but to take revenge against King Claudius. In Act 1 Scene 5 Lines 117-119, Hamlet says “I have sworn ‘t”, vowing to the ghost of his father that revenge will be sought against his father’s killer, Claudius. Throughout most of the play, Hamlet is reluctant to kill Claudius, but this vow forces him to continue to take some sort of action to further his vengeance. This is shown in Act 3 Scene 3, when the King is praying. While praying, the King is defenceless and could have been easily slain, but Hamlet stalls and finds an excuse to not kill the King. However, must continue continue down the path of vengeance. He tries to find excuses out of killing Claudius, but when Hamlet confirms that Claudius is the murderer in Act 3 Scene 2 Lines 12-13, stating that he’ll “bet [Horatio] a thousand bucks the ghost was right” about the identity of the murderer, he can no longer leave Claudius alive. Even though Hamlet continues to hesitate until Act 4 Scene 4 when he sees ...
Hamlet does not take the opportunity to slay Claudius as he prays because he believes it will save his soul. His contemplative nature takes over regarding the ghost’s revelation and he decides to devise a play to pique Claudius’ conscience and make sure he is really guilty.
At first, Hamlet sees the circumstance as a perfect opportunity for revenge against Claudius. Hamlet knows that Claudius truly committed murder after seeing his reaction to the play ...
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. The scene is set for Hamlet to take vengeance for his father’s unsettled spirit. However, Hamlet does not kill him, because Claudius is repenting for his sins, allowing him to go to heaven when he is to die. As one’s religion often dictated the afterlife of one’s soul, King Hamlet is doomed to an eternity in purgatory. Hamlet does not feel it is fair for Claudius to go to heaven, while his father is at unrest, so he decides instead to kill Claudius while he is doing something sinful. This is ironic because Claudius says he is not really praying; he is just going through the ...
King Hamlet was beyond annoyed that Hamlet had done what every child does when their parent asks them to do something, and did the exact opposite. Not only had Hamlet spoken to his mother about her poor choices, but he also had yet to kill Claudius. In Hamlet’s defense he had a good reason for why he hadn’t killed his uncle yet (definitely a good conversation to have over the holidays) and had half of Shakespeare’s characters taken the time to make sure things are done right then there probably wouldn’t be so much tragedy. Hamlet had waited to kill Claudius because he wasn’t certain about the ghost being his father and so he did not want to commit a sin that was not necessary. However, he still failed because he entertained King Hamlet’s ghost and that is a sin in and of its own. In order for Hamlet to decide whether or not he can trust the ghost of his father he decides to put on a play for his mother and uncle that was based around his father’s murder. As the play took place, Hamlet kept a close watch on Claudius and all of his emotions and that is how Hamlet knew that the ghost was not an evil spirit, but was definitely his beloved father. Once Hamlet comes to terms with the fact that he’s letting down his father even after he’s passed Hamlet is able to come up with a plan to kill Claudius so that he can suffer the same way that he has made
By most accounts, this passage would be taken to mean that he does not kill Claudius because at this time the King is praying, and when praying one's soul will ascend to heaven if one should die. Hamlet wants Claudius to burn in hell; for him to go to heaven would make his revenge void. He will avenge his father's death when Claudius is engaged in some other less holy act, in order to insure the King's place in hell.