Hesitant Hamlet

Topics: Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet, Gertrude Pages: 3 (811 words) Published: April 10, 2005
Hesitant Hamlet

Throughout the play, Hamlet is shown not acting quickly in crucial situations, which brings us to his tragic flaw, hesitancy. Hamlet, stopping to think situations through, lets opportunities slip right through his hands that will immensely affect so many people in the future. If Hamlet would just act on instinct, than hesitancy would never be an issue.

Unfortunately for Hamlet, in this play he does not have all the time in the world to get revenge towards Claudius. Early on in the play Hamlet sees the ghost of his father's spirit and it beckons him to follow if he wishes to speak to it. Hamlet being encouraged not to follow by his comrades says, "It will not speak, then I will follow it" (Shakespeare 1.4). Almost without thinking Hamlet makes the decision to follow the ghost, this will later prove totally uncharacteristic of him. Thinking they can still convince him, his friends, Horatio and Marcellus, try once again to stop him only to hear, "Hold off your hands; my fate cries out; by heaven I'll make a ghost of him that let's me" (Shakespeare 1.4). Hamlet lets it be known here that he has made his mind up and anyone who tries to stop him, he will make a ghost out of, heaven willing. Hamlet does not show any signs of hesitancy here, but will soon allow it to get in his way for at the wrong time.

After meeting with the ghost, Hamlet is aware of his uncle Claudius being the one who murdered his father. Hamlet, longing to avenge his father's death gets the perfect chance catching Claudius off guard while he is alone on his knees praying. Hamlet speaks saying, "Now might I do it pat, now he is praying. And now I'll do't. And so he goes to heaven. And so am I avenged" (Shakespeare 3.3). Hamlet does not act, leaving Claudius harmless while he is apparently repenting and talking to God. Hamlet wants to make sure Claudius dies and is on his way to the burning pits of hell instead of heaven. Unfortunately, moments later...
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