Debating His Father's Delay In Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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The two sides of Hamlet’s delay seems to be based around his resolution to kill his stepfather. First, Hamlet’s delays seem justified as due process in proving his stepfather’s guilt. Hamlet uses the play to expose his stepfather’s guilt by showing him the exact way he committed the murder. While effectively proving the certainty of Claudius’s guilt, the play seems to be a gratuitous form of proving this. Second, Hamlet’s delaying may simply be his lack of resolution in killing his father. Throughout the play, Hamlet’s delays seem to be necessary for the murder, however, the actions make more sense if Hamlet does not want to commit the murder at all. Yet, when committing the murder in the end it seems that the deaths of his mother, his father and soon himself(because he is poisoned) push him to kill because it provides more reasons for killing Claudius and eliminates almost all negatives. All of the thematic theater references and symbols point to the difference between what is real and what is…show more content…
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