During the prayer scene, Hamlet instantly draws his sword when he sees the King alone. However, Hamlet does not act immediately because he figures that killing Claudius while he is praying won't be fulfilling the revenge his father asked for. “A villain kills my father; and for that, I, his sole son, do the same villain send to heaven. O' this is hire and salary, not revenge” (Hamlet, pg. 68).
Hamlet does not act, leaving Claudius harmless while he is apparently repenting and talking to God. Hamlet wants to make sure Claudius dies and is on his way to the burning pits of hell instead of heaven. Unfortunately, moments later Claudius rises from his knees and quotes, “My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; words without thoughts never to heaven go” (Shakespeare 3.3). Claudius amazingly says it himself that his words are not sincere and they wont make it to heaven. Hamlet makes the biggest mistake of his life here, not taking advantage of the picture perfect moment to kill Claudius.
He first says, “O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, thaw and resolve itself into dew! Or that everlasting had not fix’d his canon ‘gainst self slaughter!” (Hamlet, I, ii, 129-131). Hamlet reveals his God fearing character, and his apprehension towards Heaven’s punishment for suicide. The rest of the soliloquy explains as to why he is depressed, and ends with him declaring that he must keep it all to himself, essentially to hide his true opinion regarding King Claudius and Gertrude’s marriage. The next scene where Hamlet’s suicidal thoughts are exposed is after he realized that he needs to avenge his father’s death, even though Hamlet is evidently not the type of person t... ... middle of paper ... ...s for the smallest misdoing.
Words without thoughts never go to heaven go” (Shakespeare 33). Hamlet must have overheard Claudius struggling to pray. The vulnerable nature of praying, (eyes closed, and bent over) was too similar to how Hamlet’s father died. As Freud states, when a person becomes melancholic when losing an object of love, “by the verdict of reality that the object no longer exists; and the ego, (is) confronted…with the question whether it shall share this fate….” (Strachey 255). Therefore, Hamlet decides to not kill Claudius while he was praying because he was worried that if he killed him while he was exposed then when hamlet became king he would also share the same faith as his uncle and
His flaw of being hesitant in the end leads to his own death, and also the deaths of Gertrude, Ophelia, Laertes, and Claudius. Hamlet's fatal flaw is his delay in avenging his father's death. Hamlet is still devastated by his father's death when the ghost appears to him, and he is unable to carry through with his reprisal until the end of the play. Hamlet's delay in killing Claudius not only causes his own death, but the deaths of everyone else in his life except for Horatio and Fortinbras. Hamlet's character lends itself to a possible motivation for his unwillingness to kill Claudius.
Lewis mentions how “is not ‘a man who has to avenge his father’ but ‘a man who has been given a task by a ghost” (Lewis). The Ghost creates Hamlet’s and other characters minds. The topic or even the action of death appears because of the Ghost, but Lewis does not believe that those are the reasons why the subject of Hamlet is death. Lewis says, “The sense in which death is the subject of Hamlet will become apparent if we compare it with other plays”. He compares it with Macbeth, Brutus, Lear and Romeo where “death is the end”, “they think of dying: no one thinks, in these plays, of being dead” then for Hamlet “we are kept thinking about it all the time”.
Hamlet does not take the opportunity to slay Claudius as he prays because he believes it will save his soul. His contemplative nature takes over regarding the ghost’s revelation and he decides to devise a play to pique Claudius’ conscience and make sure he is really guilty. Whenever Hamlet denies his true nature, his actions are very harsh. During a heated discussion with his mother Gertrude, he accidentally slays Laertes’ father, Polonius, thinking it to be Claudius. Hamlet quickly brushes it aside.
He's just an ordinary guy who doesn't care to harm anyone, and he feels that that is a sign of his own cowardice that he cannot overcome. When Old Hamlet appears to his son Hamlet in Act One, Hamlet believes that the ghost is his father and wills him to speak. For a lengthy time, the ghost tells Hamlet of his uncle's reckless mayhem. Hamlet hears what the ghost has to say and responds with, "Remember thee? Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat in this distracted globe…" What Hamlet means by this is that indeed, he will remember his father and avenge his death with all his passion focused on that.
Just like water and oil, a want for responsibility and inability to act do not combine positively. The character Hamlet in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet learns this reality; however it is much too late. The ghost of Hamlet’s father speaks to Hamlet and gives him the task of avenging his murder. This requires Hamlet to kill the current king, Claudius, who is also his uncle. Hamlet chooses to accept this task and yet he is slow to act.
In Hamlet's first soliloquy preceding his father's death, he tells the audience “O that this too, too solid flesh would melt. Or that the Everlasting had not fixed, His canon 'gainst self-slaughter!”(Act 1. Scene 2. lines 130-133) This gives us a brief preview of Hamlet's mental state in the beginning of the play. Hamlet is extremely depressed and admits that but says it would be a sin to kill himself. Hamlet goes on to describe the world as "weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable" and compares it to an "unweeded garden” (Act 1.