He is afraid of failure. Hamlet tries to play off his fear by blaming outside circumstances, like doubting the existence of the ghost when he knows in his heart it is true, and not having the right opportunity to exact revenge. What it all boils down to is a belief in himself, or lack of, that is a lack of self confidence. Hamlet's excuse of doubting the ghost is displayed in his actions when they meet. "Be thou a spirit of health or a goblin damned,/ bring with the airs from heaven of blasts from hell,/ be thy intents wicked or charitable,/ thou com'st in such a questionable shape/ that I will speak to thee.
William Shakespeare's “Hamlet” is one of the most tragic plays ever written. It is about a young prince trying to keep his word to his dead father by avenging his death. Hamlet procrastinates when avenging his father’s death, which is his tragic flaw. Hamlet appears to be a coward as well as depressed. He finds himself questioning his own ambitious motives such as revenge and hatred toward his murderous uncle.
68). Hamlet wants to kill the King, but recognizes that he would be the same villain if he did so at that moment. Instead of slaying Claudius at his first opportunity after the play, Hamlet decides to do the deed while his uncle is in the middle of committing a sinful act. “When he is dru... ... middle of paper ... ...; only I'll be revenged most throughly for my father” (Laertes, pg. 86).
The Struggle with Procrastination in Hamlet by William Shakespeare In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Hamlet, the main character, Hamlet, struggles with procrastination throughout the play. As Samuel Taylor Coleridge said, "No brilliant intellect can be considered valuable if one withdraws from action." It is this tragic flaw of inaction that eventually brings about Hamlet’s downfall. In the beginning of the play, Hamlet is given explicit instructions by the ghost to kill his uncle/step-father Claudius to avenge his father’s murder; yet, he fails to do so. Hamlet’s inaction and hesitation to kill Claudius is justified in his own mind and to the audience.
Reasons for the Failure of Hamlet in Hamlet by William Shakespeare Hamlet is becomes obsessed with the idea of killing Claudius, the unmerited force ruling his country. But while this obsession is the beginning of Hamlet's revengeful behavior, it also introduces his character flaw; his penchant for delaying what he should do. Hamlet's reasons for revenge against Claudius are fairly straightforward. The ghost of Hamlet Sr. informed Hamlet that Claudius killed Hamlet Sr. In doing so, he weakened Hamlet by robbing him of his central role model of masculinity, his father.
The line “Why this is hire and salary, not revenge!” shows that he feared by killing Claudius while he was in prayer he would send Claudius to heaven, and would not have revenged his father’s death. This act shows that Hamlet is unable to act, a trait greatly contrasted by the character Fortinbras. Fortinbras is another prince in a similar situation to Hamlet’s. Instead of waiting for the timing to be perfect though, Fortinbras simply acts. He realizes the commitment he has made to revenge his father’s death and wastes no time.
The Oedipal Complex theory in regard to Hamlet’s situation seems more likely because of the amount of times Hamlet has to kill Claudius but always fins a reason not to kill him. If it is not the case, then the cause of the procrastination remains a mystery. There is no reason for Hamlet not to kill Claudius, whom he hates, and was ordered by a higher power to destroy, other than the fact that subconsciously, Hamlet needed Claudius to keep him away from his mother. Hamlet procrastinated only because of his fear of intimacy with his mother, knowing that Claudius was the only person separating he and Gertrude. Although Hamlet has a pious duty to avenge his father’s murder, his desire for his mother is too strong for him to leave an open pathway to her.
Religion codes conflict with ambitions and instinctual feelings in Hamlet, calling into question which paths of action are truly righteous. In Hamlet's case, such conundrums are enervating and causing a fatal lack of action. The distortion of Hamlet's Christian values has a drastic impact on his plot to avenge his father's death. Hamlet has the chance to kill Claudius, primarily when he encounters Claudius while he is "praying". In actuality Claudius was confessing his repentance to God without asking for forgiveness.
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles," (III, i, 58-61). While he hates the conditions of his life and wishes he could end it, he concludes that he would rather continue living in “an unweeded garden” than live in hell as a consequence of suicide (I, ii, 135). By making the decision to stay alive and fight Claudius' corruption, Hamlet demonstrates existential qualities. When the ghost beckons Hamlet to follow it out into the night, his companions urge him not to follow. Though he is unaware whether his father’s apparition is truly the king’s spirit or an evil demon, he doesn’t care of his ... ... middle of paper ... ...ng prayer, he would dishonor his father by sending Claudius to heaven.
Hamlet is angered over the hasty marriage between his mother and uncle and wishes that suicide was not against God’s law. Despite his anger, he knows that he must not let it show (1.2.131-161). Horatio tells Hamlet that he has seen a figure that looks exactly like his father which spurs Hamlet