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 will then “observe his looks” (2.2.625) and “if he do blench” (2.2.626) Hamlet will know that he must avenge his father’s death. In the course of Hamlet avenging his father’s death, he is very hesitant, “thinking too precisely on the event” (4.4.43). “Now might I do it…and he goes to heaven…No” (3.3.77-79) and Hamlet decides to kill Claudius while “he is drunk asleep, or in his rage, or in th’ incestuous pleasure of his bed” (3.3.94-95). As seen here, Hamlet’s contradicting thought that Claudius “goes to heaven” (3.3.79) influences him to change his plans for revenge.
Hamlet, the protagonist in the play, was told by his murdered father’s ghost to avenge his death, but because he was reluctant to follow the code, the play ends in tragedy. Closer analysis of Hamlet’s principle speeches offers a window to his evolving view of life and death. Hamlet repeatedly states his desire for suicide, but also questions the repercussions of taking one’s life. In the first soliloquy, the audience is introduced as to how Hamlet truthfully feels about his father’s death and Gertrude’s hasty remarriage to Claudius. He first says, “O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, thaw and resolve itself into dew!
Notably, the ghost tells Hamlet to enact his revenge in the opening scenes of the play; he seems hesitant, as if he questions death for the first time. Hamlet wants to make sure that Claudius did in fact kill his father, so he sets up a play to re-enact the crime scene and to Hamlet’s content, Claudius disp... ... middle of paper ... ...death of him. Hamlet’s obsession and numerous contemplations about death sets himself in the undesired direction of suffering with the deaths of his father, Ophelia and Polonius, all whom he believed were undeserving. His will to continuously get himself into situations that inflict a great deal of emotional stress is astonishing, and his change in attitude about his indecisiveness about murder is not beneficial, rather it kills him in the end. Having a healthy fear of death is normal --one must realize death is unavoidable, while constant thought about death creates unhealthy anxiety.
If thou didst ever thy dear father love —” (I.v.21-23). At this point, the ghost is saying to Hamlet if he has any love for his father he will avenge his death. The ghost states, “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” (I.v.25). Hamlet’s father is telling him to get revenge for his death. Hamlet ‘s initial reaction is to avenge his father, a reaction that is brought on by a sudden shock of the ghost’s confession.To prove that Hamlet has love for his father he is going to avenge his father’s death.
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 is constantly given opportunities to kill Claudius, especially after he learns that what the ghost told him was true, the most prominent moment being when Claudius in the confessional. This would have been the opportune moment to kill him and yet Hamlet talks himself out of it saying it is too merciful to kill Claudius like that and it would be “hire and salary not revenge” (iii.iii.84) and that his father’s killer should be more sinful when he dies. T... ... middle of paper ... ... marriage whilst he also reveals even more Hamlet cared for his mother. Thus making the audience question the veritably of his claims to be able to kill Claudius in the beginning, for this is a moment he shows no hesitancy like he once had. Calling to question if he truly would have avenged his father or if the last scene was more to avenge his mother.
In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Hamlet's focus on thought and reason, as opposed to immediate action, leads to a tragic ending. Although Hamlet takes action throughout the play, he tortures himself with thinking through the situations instead of acting on his inclination. First, after agreeing to seek vengeance for his father's death, Hamlet is torn by his conscience and his idealism, resulting in Polonius' death. Also, he reasons himself away from suicide, which only delays his own end. Finally, he's able to excuse his own role in Polonius' death, ending with both his and Laertes' demise.
Hamlet One of the themes I found in the play Hamlet, was the way Hamlet seemed to hold back on getting revenge for his father’s murder once he know who did it. After his father’s death and the hasty remarriage of his mother to his uncle, Hamlet started to spiral into a suicidal frame of mind. It is in this state that he meets the mysterious figure of his father’s ghost where he is told that it was his uncle, Claudius responsible for his death. Hamlet pledges to revenge his murder by Claudius who, the ghost also informs Hamlet, had already committed adultery with his queen during his lifetime. “Although Hamlet accepts the ghost’s word while he is with him, seeds of doubt about the ghost’s authenticity have been sown from the very beginning of the play and continue to torment Hamlet up until the end of the play” (Heilman p.45).
when one is given a task which conflicts with their morals, one must stop and consider the nature of their actions and whether it corresponds with their morals and usual behavior. Failure to do so will lead to many consequences, In the play Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, the main protagonist, Hamlet, is asked to avenge his father, King Hamlet, who was murdered by his brother while sleeping. Hamlet is troubled throughout the play as he attempts to resolve his inner conflicts in order to complete the task of revenge bestowed upon him by the late King Hamlet, but as with all revenge plays the hero must suffer a tragic death. Hamlet’s inner conflicts lead to his demise by providing Claudius with too many hints and too much time increasing his awareness towards Hamlet’s suspicious activity. Hamlet’s inner conflicts are composed of his morals – wanting to justify his actions according to them-, his distrust of women as a result of his mother’s marriage, and his failure to feign madness properly.
These clear differences appear to the reader how Hamlet is not conforming to these trends. Laertes is rather one demential and is far less dynamic as a character. Part of Hamlet’s popularity could stem from his dynamic character and more relatable qualities. Laertes is intent on killing Claudius in one moment, then is quickly outsmarted by Claudius and ready to kill Hamlet instead. Intelligence against bravery seems to be the theme between these two opposing characters.