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Inside the Mind of Hamlet. Throughout the play, Hamlet has many opportunities to avenge his father's death

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Helou Julian Helou M.Dougall EAA4U05 Sep/19/12 Inside the Mind of Hamlet Throughout the play, Hamlet has many opportunities to avenge his father's death by murdering Claudius. However there was always something that gives us the impression that something is holding Hamlet back. There are many reasons as to why Hamlet might be delaying the revenge. Hamlet's inability to carry out his revenge is attributable to his thoughtfulness, insofar as that Hamlet fears the consequence of killing; he doubts the ghost and he didn't want to hurt his mother Gertrude. One of Hamlet?s reasons as to why he is unable to carry out his revenge is because he is afraid of the consequences of killing. After analyzing Hamlet?s thoughts, we could conclude that Hamlet is religious because he fears his fate if murdering his uncle Claudius. During his prayer he states, "Now might I do it pat, now a is a-praying, and now I'll don't - and so goes to heaven, and am I reneged. That would be scanned. A villain kills my father, and for that, I his sole son do this same villain send to Heaven."(3.3.1) ...read more.


the murder of his father to observe Claudius' reaction to it, if Claudius becomes hesitant, Hamlet will know the ghost speaks the truth, "I'll have grounds more relative than this. The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king."(2.2.565-70) Here Hamlet tells Horatio that the play he will be conducting is to show if Claudius is the murder, it also shows that Hamlet for minute did doubt the ghost. In addition to that he may thing that the ghost is an evil spirit in which is send forth to kill the king in its own pleasure. "The spirit that I have seen May be the devil: and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness and my melancholy, As he is very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me." (2.2.58) Hamlet being love sick, seeing that his love for Ophilia could no longer last could have misinterpreted the message from the ghost to what he desires, already knowing that he did not approve of his mother marrying his uncle. "O, vengeance! Why, what an ass am I! ...read more.


Lastly Hamlet has already lost a woman in which he loved so dearly, and tends to do everything possible to keep the one and only women that will always be there for him his mother. Hamlet is ready to forgive his mother knowing that his father in the form of a ghost told him that his mother so innocent is not to be blamed for his uncles manipulating actions. ?Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast, With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts? O wicked wit and gifts, that have the power So to seduce!?won to his shameful lust The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen.? (1.5.49-53) after hearing those words Hamlet?s heart softens towards his mother and hardens towards his uncle?s. One could say that Hamlet delays the revenge due to fear and anxiety of getting caught and fears what the consequence of what might awaits him if he proceeds with the killing. However one may disagree and say that Hamlet delays the killing due to his troubled deep thoughts and by over analyzing everything he knows that what he is doing is a mistake, one may say that this shows Hamlet to be a deep thinker who simply doesn't believe that violence handles ways. In which one could learn that patients is the key to success. ...read more.

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