Hamlet Essay

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Why does Hamlet not avenge his father’s murder immediately upon learning of the murder? In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet vows to avenge his father’s death, however, he procrastinates throughout the play and doesn’t seek revenge until the end, when Hamlet finally acts, and kills his father’s murderer. Hamlet is delayed in seeking revenge by a number of factors throughout the play. He needs to know if the ghost is telling the truth before he seeks revenge. He fears the horrors of purgatory warned by the ghost. He also needs to get himself together before seeking revenge, and he procrastinates through discovering that revenge is easier said than done. Throughout the play, Hamlet is shown to be unstable. His mind is full of thought of talking to his dead father, discovering incest, murder, and past adultery that he can’t arrive at any logical resolution. He is unbalanced and cannot bring himself to act; he needs to get himself together first, before seeking revenge. Hamlet tells Horatio after he has been told about his father s murder, that he is going to put a play on to observe Claudius. When his father’s ghost came to him and told him to avenge his murder, Hamlet was eager to take immediate action. However before seeking revenge he needs to know if the ghost is telling the truth about his murder. “May sweep to my revenge” (1.5.31). Hamlet feels that if the ghost isn’t telling the truth and he acts, he too will become a murderer. “Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all” (3.1.318-319). In order to determine if Claudius is truly guilty, Hamlet produces a play in which the plot is the same as King Hamlet’s murder. Hamlet asks his good friend, Horatio, to watch Claudius’ reaction to the play and to determine whether Claudius is guilty or not. By Claudius’ reaction, Hamlet could come to the conclusion that the ghost was telling the truth and Claudius did murder his father. By the time the player’s came to Elsinore, it’s been a while since Hamlet promised the...
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