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"Hamlet is ultimately selfish by taking revenge in his own time as he causes much unnecessary death" By referring to at least 2 sequences from the play explain whether you agree with it or not.

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Introduction

"Hamlet is ultimately selfish by taking revenge in his own time as he causes much unnecessary death" By referring to at least 2 sequences from the play explain whether you agree with it or not. Hamlet's procrastination can be seen as his downfall, and to a further extent it can be seen as selfish as it resulted in loss of life. I however strongly disagree with this accusation, as I personally feel that Hamlets procrastination is what makes him what he is and separates him from the standard Revenge Hero an Elizabethan audience would expect. It is through he postponing of events that Hamlet manages to "Know thy self" such to the degree that he can put his conscious at rest. By comparing Hamlet at the beginning to at the end one can see the change in character Hamlet has undergone, this change would not have been possible had he not take time out to console in himself. By examining to sequences this contrast can be clearly see, first one can see the scene after Hamlet's first confrontation with the ghost. ...read more.

Middle

Here Hamlet learns how his father was killed, and that he is in purgatory, as he didn't have time to pray and thus the king died "with all my imperfections on my head". This is a recurrent theme, as Hamlet doesn't want to rush into the murder and then condemn himself to a life in a "prison house" that is hell. This is further amplified as his father tells him what hell is like . It is because of the state Hamlet is in originally that he must take his time before he commits himself Hamlet's state of mind is further seen in his encounter with Fortinbras in Act Four Scene Four. Here Hamlet is still unsure of his actions and is fairly weak minded. This is best through the fact he admires Fortinbras' ability to execute without doubt as he goes to war over such a small plot of land, seeing himself as a "dull revenge". This brings about Hamlet's soliloquy in which the audience is given a direct view of Hamlet's thoughts. ...read more.

Conclusion

When comparing Hamlet to Laerates a typical Revenge Hero one realises that the standard ways can have little avail. There is also a moral issue to concern; Hamlet has no confirmation that the ghost is telling the truth. So if Hamlet were to go straight in a kill the king and later find out the Ghost was lying Hamlet in turn would be a murderer. Therefore Hamlet must take his time, plan and confirm his fears that Claudius murdered Hamlet's father. This is seen through his play the "mousetrap", and Hamlet finally finds solace in killing Claudius when finding the letter the King gave to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. With his letter Hamlet has written proof that Claudius is a murderer. This pleases Hamlet who has a fondness to literature and free thought believing it is what separates us from the animals. With this knowledge Hamlet can then carry out the revenge. Hamlet in "Hamlet" is setting a precedent, breaking boundaries and embodying the Renaissance movement. For Hamlet to achieve his goals he must first achieve an inner peace that is only achieved through taking his time. Therefore Hamlet can be seen as just for taking his time. ...read more.

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