The three main turning points of Hamlet all revolve around Hamlet seeking revenge for his father’s murder. The three scenes depict Hamlet’s growth of character from a hesitant philosopher to a rash man of action. In the players’ scene, Hamlet takes extra care in confirming the authenticity of the ghost’s story, while deeply debating the morality of killing Claudius. In the prayer scene, Hamlet remains indefinite in the decision of taking vengeance for his father, as he neglects his best opportunity to end Claudius’ life. Hamlet makes a drastic change of character in the closet scene when he kills who he thinks is Claudius without hesitation.
The Ghost answers that it is his calling to take revenge: "So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt hear"(Hamlet speaks to the Ghost, "Speak; I am bound to hear." He implies that it is his responsibility to take note to the spirit of his father. 1.5.7). Within the quote, we can see that Hamlet is desperate to hear what his father has to say for the reason that Hamlet can seek revenge for what has happened to him. Hamlet states that at every call the King makes (Ghost), Hamlet will be there listening to every word that might help clarify his thoughts and he will desperately take every word to heart.
And so Hamlet will “observe his looks … tent him to the quick”. The meaning of these two lines is that Hamlet will watch his uncle closely, and probe his conscious to see if he flinches. By gauging Claudius’ reaction, Hamlet will be able to determine whether or not he is guilty, if this is the case Hamlet states “I know my course.” Hamlet will avenge the murder of his father by killing Claudius. Hamlet then proceeds to describe how the spirit he has seen may be the devil trying to trick him into doing its work. Hamlet concludes that he will “have grounds more relative than this [the spirit]” and that “The play’s the thing” that he will use to “catch the conscience of the king.” This section is integral to the play as a whole for two reasons: (1) it describes the beginning of the play’s climax, and (2) it is a key example proving that Hamlet’s “madness” is indeed a conscious ploy.
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, an intelligible moral order is discover as the protagonist, Hamlet, goes through life’s challenges, which defines Shakespearean tragedy. The play begins with Hamlet coming across his father’s ghost, at this point he learns that his father was murdered by his uncle, Claudius. It is Hamlet wishes to take revenge over Claudius for murdering his father. This causes a moral conflict in the play, and starts the moral event of the play. In the beginning, morally speaking, Hamlet is in the right, always being precaution to make sure nothing changes.
However, through his thoughts, and actions, the reader can see that he is in fact putting up an act, he is simply simulating insanity to help fulfil his fathers duty of revenge. Throughout the play, Hamlet shows that he understands real from fake, right from wrong and his enemies from his friends. Even in his madness, he retorts and is clever in his speech and has full understanding of what if going on around him. Most importantly, Hamlet does not think like that of a person who is mad. Hamlet decides to portray an act of insanity, as part of his plan to seek revenge for his fathers murder.
Hamlet’s decision to avenge his father is affected by social, psychological and religious influences. Once Hamlet has learned of his father’s death, he is faced with a difficult question: should he succumb to the social influence of avenging his father’s death? The Ghost tells Hamlet to “revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” (1.5.31) upon which Hamlet swears to “remember” (1.5.118). Hamlet’s immediate response to this command of avenging his father’s death is reluctance. 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 has doubts about the validity of the ghost; he is too rational a character to seek revenge on Claudius based on a conversation with a supernatural spirit. He is unsure whether it was his father?s ghost, or some evil deity trying to trick him. Hamlet needs to prove that Claudius killed his father before he can act out revenge against him. He also needs to prove it to Gertrude, because he loves his mother and doesn?t want to hurt her by killing Claudius, without proving it warranted. Hamlet?s hesitation is justified because he feels morally obligated to prove that Claudius murdered his father before justice can be carried out.
Hamlet’s first sign of procrastination and lack of action begins to show through his character at the very beginning of the play. The ghost informs him about Claudius’ evil doings. Hamlet is prompt by replying: “Haste me to know’t; that I, with wings as swift As meditation or the thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge. '; (Shakespeare, p. 67) This passage shows how Hamlet decides to avenge his father’s death. In fact, he declares that he will be committed to nothing else but the revenge against Claudius: &nb...
Yes, Hamlet was atrophic after the loss but after meeting his father’s ghost his disposition is that of anger and vengefulness. Hamlet puts on an antic disposition throughout the play to unearth the resolution that is his father’s murder, for the pretense of insanity is an act. It is seen within the text Hamlet has a keen interest of acting and of several techniques for example, “Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it as many players do, I had as lief the town crier spoke my lines” (Shakespeare III, ii, 1-3). His antic disposition is supported based on Hamlet’s intellect and emotional desperation. Hamlet demonically chases justice for his father’s death.
In this respect, Hamlet and Laertes each exhibits, in his unique way, the futility and insatiable nature of revenge, while Fortinbras shows how revenge should be conducted. In his plot to kill Claudius, Hamlet’s actions unfold slowly and involve a great deal of cunning planning that delays the deed itself. Hamlet lets things dwell in his mind before taking any action. While there are brief moments when he tries act on impulse, he usually falls back on his more logical instincts. For example, at the beginning of the play when Hamlet learns the truth of his father's murder, he promises quick action, though he delivers none.