Hamlet’s imbalance in physical confidence and emotion acts as a catalyst for the plot. Hamlet’s lack in physical confidence is caused in part by his emotional saturation and emphasis on thought. Even though his father was murdered by his uncle in an act of treason - and most would argue jealousy, Hamlet is uncertain and frightened to express his accusations against Claudius. While the plot could propel exponentially into madness if Hamlet were to accuse Claudius, Hamlet’s decision to withhold the ghost’s revelation espouses suspicion in other characters toward Hamlet. Horatio and Marcellus gain suspicion when Hamlet reveals he will become strange and mad, “so help you mercy How strange or odd some’er I bear myself” (1.5.189).
The need to be certain of a terrible after life in either hell or purgatory for Claudius is the result of an obsession with death causes Hamlet to delay in his revenge. Lastly, Hamlets inability to act when it is not just impulsive causes him to fail in his preferred delivery of revenge. Hamlets mind, which is his greatest asset, turns out to also be his greatest downfall as it leads to over thinking of everything and causes him to delay in his revenge. Works Cited Shakespeare, William, Marilyn Eisenstat, and Ken Roy. Hamlet.
He plans out ways to kill Claudius with hesitation, but knows it must be done to honor is father. Throughout not only his soliloquy, but the entire play, Hamlet’s uncertainty about his plans are emphasized and he is personified as too analytical about what he should do with himself and with Claudius. Many thoughts of suicide have crossed his mind and with everything that he has thought about, he is unable to organize his thoughts and cannot choose one idea to stick to without reading into it so much. Hamlet is not very certain of what he wants to do with himself. He goes back and forth between choosing whether to live or die.
Hamlet has beat himself in the past for his lack of fulfilling his father’s revenge. Hamlet’s reasons for not killing his uncle is that he believes that if he murders him, he will have himself condemned to a similar fate. By that, Hamlet means that he will make his soul impure and lose his chances of going to heaven. Hamlet is now scared of murdering the king because he wants to stay pure. This causes Hamlet’s depression to become worse and causes a lot of conflict within himself for being afraid of revenge.
He analyzes each aspect of an idea regarding life or death, causing him to be indecisive or to procrastinate. In act 3, Hamlet once again finds himself asking, “To be or not to be? Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer…or to take arms against the sea of troubles…to die…”(3.1.57-61). As the scale tips towards taking his life, he begins to contemplate why people don’t commit suicide later on in his soliloquy. By Hamlet considering all the reasons why people suffer through life, Hamlet concludes, “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all.
Hamlet's tragic flaw was that he either considered things too much, or he acted on impulse but out of passion and not reason, which leads to his downfall. Hamlet was an over thinker and a complex philosopher who wanted revenge on his father’s death. Things don’t go as planned as Hamlet’s two opposite flaws change things. One of Hamlet’s flaws, procrastination, is shown in the prayer scene when he has the opportunity to kill Claudius and get revenge on his father’s death, and he doesn’t take it. His second flaw completely opposite from the first, was acting on impulse out of passion making him kill the wrong man, Polonius.
Also another act of madness in this play would be Ophelia, as her undying love for Hamlet drives her into the grave. Hamlet's behaviour becomes more skeptical as this play progress’. The events he has to manage emotionally are very difficult, he is dealing with the morals of right or wrong. To kill his uncle because he has a hunch, or to not kill. Showing he is submissive to the new King, he states “It is not, nor it cannot come to, good; But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue!”(Act 1, Scene 2)… This shows he has suspicion, but is choosing to bite his tongue and not say a peep.
In this situation of Prince Hamlet’s actions, it shows his reason to over plan his situation out, however the passion to kill himself may not be the right choice, thus showing the moral dilemma between the two entities. In addition, the issue of reason and passion occurs when Prince Hamlet kills Polonius and his reaction upon this incident. As Hamlet thought he had just killed Claudius, but disappointed, he notices he killed Polonius, his immediate reaction is: “I do repent: but heaven hath pleased it so, to punish me with this and this with me,” (3.4.176-177). Thus, Hamlet seems so distracted and consumed on seeking revenge on Claudius that it conflicts with the reason of not showing grief and his true feelings. In contrast, Hamlet eventually sees the more rational decision ahead of his passions however the discovery of his choice of actions is too late.
He knows that he must kill Claudius but he postpones when he says "Why, this is hire and salary, not revenge" (III, 3, 79). This almost suggests that Hamlet does not really want to kill Claudius, but feels obligated to do so. Through his over-analysis he seems to be almost talking himself out of doing his job.
Hamlet's impetuous desire to take his own life is only an impassioned reaction to the heavy burden of revenge that his father's murder has placed upon him. His greater struggle, and the focus of Hamlet itself, involves the questioning of the purpose and meaning of a life well-lived. The character of Hamlet pursues this knowledge through his manipulation of reality, his search for the courage necessary to fulfill his quest, and his eventual acceptance of his true responsibility. Soon after the death of his father, Hamlet discovers the deceptive nature of appearances. When the queen questions why he is so distracted by the appearance of those mourning, he replies by describing the facades of others: These indeed ?seem,?