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. This in turn shows us his state of mind. He realises that thought and conscious separates man from “beast” and therefore if Hamlet were to storm straight in with revenge he would be no better than an animal. This alone justifies his want to take revenge in his own time and way.
Hamlet at the end of the play is an entirely different Hamlet to the beginning. Shakespeare makes him now refers to himself in the third person as the “noble Hamlet”. He is far surer of himself and therefore has spent his time wisely reflecting within. This important when taking the piece into context, as this play was written during the Renaissance where free thought symbolised the period. Hamlet can been seen as a figurehead of the time and thus for him to take time and resolve his issues was seen as fair. This is then amplified by the fact he was breaking away from the trend of Revenge Hero’s who would go in without thought. Hamlet took his time and though this cost lives of that dear to Hamlet, it was the correct thing to do considering his situation. 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.