Hamlet's Delay

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Cole Langan
Mrs. Henderson
ENG 4U
8 April 2013
Prince Hamlet’s Vengeful Delay
Within every human, lies a philosophical nature, driving the question as to whether a greater power or dominant spirit exists. This intellectual activity is evidently portrayed in William Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet. The protagonist Hamlet, is deeply vexed with melancholy, and as the young Dane struggles with his vengeful conscience, his deep deliberation and analysis causes a great delay on his probe to avenge his father’s murder. Hamlet’s beliefs in infinite knowledge, gives rise to his intellectual capacity far surpassing his counterparts and this superiority leads to an indecisiveness ultimately inducing the casualty of Hamlet. This rationale is excess of the reflective and speculative mind. Despite Hamlets high intentions to abide by the ghosts commandment, he capitulates to an enormous amount of mental exertion and a proportionate aversion to real action consequent upon it. Hamlet’s extreme desire to reason all situations thoroughly becomes his tragic flaw as many opportunities arise to extract revenge upon his incestuous uncle, but refuses to for fear of damning his own soul. The delays in Hamlet’s actions ultimately ratify his fate. Contemplating every possible pattern, Hamlet takes on a God-like persona in his antic disposition. He is a philosopher by nature, and his reflections lead to internal conflict that inhibits action. Continually pondering “To be, or not to be…”(3,1,56) Hamlet reckons his thoughts and possible consequences, much more then required to avenge his father’s death.

Hamlets ultimate plan is meticulous and very sophisticated but in order for this plan to transpire accordingly, great discretion is required. Hamlet comprehends the complexity of his course and the precise planning, “[Hamlet] so am revenged, that would be scann’d” (3,3,76). The more he thinks about his actions, the more he delays…the more he thinks about the less he acts. Hamlet...
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