Prince Hamlet, Ghost (Hamlet), King Claudius

The Blunders of Life

In The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Prince Hamlet discovers that his father King Hamlet was murdered by King Claudius. When Prince Hamlet realizes this, he devises a plan to avenge his fathers tragic death. Unfortunately for Prince Hamlet, there are many mistakes he makes in this scheme. The greatest mistake in Prince Hamlet's plan to take vengeance for his fathers death was not killing King Claudius when the opportunity presented itself.

One of the many mistakes in Prince Hamlet's plan to seek revenge was to act insane. By doing so, it caused people to pay more attention to him. If he never would have acted mentally ill, he could have gone about his revenge more quietly, quickly, and efficiently. This was an error in his plan because instead of gaining the leverage he needed over the King to kill him, he gave the King reason to send him away. By Prince Hamlet acting mentally ill, he was constantly having people send spies to watch out for him. What Prince Hamlet did not realize was acting insane would make people always have a watchful eye on him, rather than people not really paying attention to what he did around the castle.

One of the many mistakes in Prince Hamlet’s plan to avenge his father was making King Claudius aware that Prince Hamlet knew he murdered his father. “What, frightened with false fire”(Shakespeare III.ii.292)? He accomplished this though the play. Prince Hamlet devised a plan to put a play on so he and Horatio could watch for a reaction from King Claudius to the reenactment of his fathers murder. By doing so, Prince Hamlet allowed the King to realize that it was no longer a secret, and it was only a matter of time until someone found out.

Prince Hamlet killing Polonius was another blunder because he was to blinded by his rage to realize that the man behind the curtain was not the King, but rather Polonius. "Mad as the sea and wind when both contend Which is the mightier. In his lawless fit, Behind...
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