The Importance Of Action In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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“Take action! When we do not take action, our potentiality becomes the soil that houses the seeds of our regret”(Maraboli). In order to accomplish one’s goals, Maraboli emphasizes the importance of taking initiative. Without the actions to follow up, dreams and ambition turn into wasted potential. From Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the protagonist, Hamlet, has a purpose to avenge his father’s death. Throughout the play, Hamlet speaks several times regarding the significance of his duty, however struggles to back up his words with action when the time comes. Because Hamlet does not utilize his opportunities, he becomes increasingly desperate and brash in his actions. As the play goes on, Hamlet’s attempts begin to have an impact on others, causing a…show more content…
After the tragic death of Polonius, Laertes vows to be “revenged/Most thoroughly for my [his] father”(4.5.109-110). Hamlet does the same, however, lacks the motivation that Laertes possesses. Hamlet claims that he retains the passion to “ drown the stage with tears”, but cannot back this up with action. After Ophelia’s death Laertes says that “When these [tears] are gone,/The woman will be out”(4.7.185-186). In comparison with Hamlet, Laertes shows far less compassion and grievance for death, however he takes action to avenge his sister and father. The main difference between Hamlet and Laertes is that Hamlet’s passion is displayed with his words, while Laertes’s passion is proven by his actions, allowing Laertes to be more successful. The significance of this distinction is that actions speak louder than words, especially when it comes to whether or not one will be successful. Similarly to Fortinbras, Laertes leads “...a riotous head,/O 'erbears {Overbearing] your [Claudius 's] officers”(4.5.75-76), however his opportunity is diminished as he becomes sidetracked. Like Hamlet, Laertes begins with a wave of passion, however ends up “turning away and losing the name of action”(Miller). Laertes fails because he loses his determination and neglects to fulfill his duty in taking vengeance. From this foil, it is important to see that in order to be truly successful one must keep focus of their goals and not waste

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