Hamlet’s Failure

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There is a common component that is present through the tragedy Hamlet, that being that the character Hamlet is not necessarily rash with his action, but with his words. Hamlet will speak what he wishes to whomever he desires, a consequence of his divine lineage, yet his opinions are based off the moment at times; changing with the difference of what characters are present, the setting, and the surrounding circumstances. An instance of this is when comparing Hamlet’ thoughts of death with Act 4 and within Act 5. During Act 4 Hamlet is conversing with the King, adrenaline streaming through his veins after slaughtering Polonius, Hamlet casually states, “Not where he eats but where he is eaten./Your fat king and your lean beggar is/ but variable service - two dishes but to one table.”(Act 4.Sc3.Lines 22 and 26-27). This being very different then the conversation that Hamlet has with Horatio in the graveyard, “Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alex-/ander returned to dust, the dust is earth; of earth/we make loam, and why of that loam here to he/was converted might they stop a beer barrel?”(Act5.Sc1.216-219), both conversations are similar in theme, but different in context. While place with the King, a character Hamlet loathes from the beginning, Hamlet responds to the King with hostility, but when placed with Horatio, whom of which can be considered Hamlet’s best friend, Hamlet responds with a placid demeanor and grasps and interpretation of mortality. This stands to reason that when placed with the ghost, that is believed to his father so short after the late King’s death, Hamlet was liable to commit himself to, what can be considered, a burden that he would be unable to complete. While Hamlet does indeed slay the King as pa... ... middle of paper ... ...evenge for his father but for his mother, with a connotation that Hamlet did not accomplish his promise to his father. The tragedy of Hamlet is complex, leading the audience to more inquisitions then resolutions. While several element lead to Hamlet striking the King dead, the motivation for Hamlet to strike was the Queen. The blood of the Queening staining King Claudius’s already red hands lead for Hamlet to be impulsive with his actions. With the Queen’s murder being the incentive for Hamlet to slaughter the King it stands to reason the Hamlet infringe his oath of revenge over his father’s death. Hamlet in the end, let his words get away from him when he promised himself to his father’s ghost, leading to the failure to keep his promises. Works Cited Shakespeare, Willaim. Hamlet. Ed. Barbara Mowat and Paul Werstin . New York: Folger Shakespear Library, 1992.

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