He questioned every decision he made excessively. Although Hamlet agreed to take revenge on Claudius, he wasn’t fully committed to it. He had to consider every option to determine his course of action. In one way, Hamlet didn’t want to murder Claudius because murder was the reason he wanted revenge. However, he murdered Polonius impulsively.
Hamlet’s promise to avenge his father’s death by killing Claudius is put on hold because his finds himself “thinking to precisely on the’ event” (4.4.40). Hamlet’s indecisiveness is the flaw in his character. He contemplates the reasons not to kill Claudius while Claudius is praying. If Hamlet were to kill Claudius while he is repenting of his sins, he would go to heaven with his acts forgiven. In his opportune time to assassinate Claudius, Hamlet’s mind wanders to an act of the murder that “has no relish of salvation in it [. . .] and that his soul may be as damned and as black as hell” (3.3.92-93).
Hamlet does not believe that he is actually insane when he really is. He truly believes that his insanity is an act to gather evidence against Claudius. This insanity leads him to take Polonious’s life which he justifies by saying that Polonius was dishonestly spying. This self-deception leads Hamlet to believe that he is self-righteous and better than his uncle however he is hypocritical in this way as he leaves Ophelia and Laertes without a father in the same way that Claudius did to Hamlet. Hamlets obsession with proving Claudius guilty and killing him in the name of justice eventually leads to Hamlets own murder.
Hence Hamlet seizes what he believes is his first possible opportunity to kill Claudius and exact his revenge. Upon realizing that it is not Claudius he has killed, but an innocent bystander, he shows no remorse.
Perhaps those who disagree with the notion that Hamlet would fail as a king would want more evidence as to why. If that is the case, then there is no shortage of Hamlet showing weakness other than contemplating suicide. Hamlet gets his chance to kill Claudius in Scene 3 of Act 3, but decides to pass up the opportunity because Claudius was praying at the time. Later on in Scene 4 of Act 4, Hamlet criticizes himself for failing to get revenge on Claudius voicing “And spur my dull revenge! What is a man, / If his chief good and market of his time /
Hamlet also makes sure that the guards, Marcellus and Horatio, see the ghost of his father as Hamlet shares with them his message. "It beckons you to go away with it, as if it some impartment did desire to you alone/Look, with what courteous action it waves you to a more removed ground; but do not go with it". (Shakespeare, I, IV, 63) Hamlet speaks with Ophelia and he tries to justify his crimes, "I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious, with more offences at my beck than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape or time to act them in." (Shakespeare, III, I,
The big question is “Are Hamlet’s actions justified.” Well Hamlet was both justified and not justified. Some things he did were for a reason others were just possibly because he was pretending to have gone insane. Examples of this are the way Hamlet treated his own mother, Gertrude, and the way he treated his love Ophelia, one thing he is not justified in is delaying the murder of his uncle and his mother’s new husband Claudius. But the thing that is justified is actually killing Claudius.
I cannot disagree that his advice would have ended in a better result as he would have been better off killing Hamlet and then sending him on his trip. He could’ve shifted the blame to another party, or could have avoided giving an explanation as he did with King Hamlet; Surely this way he could’ve secured his place on the throne as the king more conclusively. conclusion Claudius’ biggest mistake, one that turns around the entire play, is his implied admission of guilt during Hamlet’s Play, The murder of Gonzago. His guilty conscience leads to his prayer in the sanctuary, leading to Hamlet hearing his confession in prayer. Even though Hamlet let’s this opportunity to avenge his father, King Hamlet, slip by due to his dilemma, he is now firm in his decision to avenge his father in retributive justice.
Before Hamlet learns of his father 's death from the ghost, he is still grieving but later goes mad after he discovers that Claudius killed his father. Hamlet is not fond of Claudius and now that he knows what happened to his dad he is bloodthirsty for revenge. His reason for his madness is that he wants to obtain information on what really happened without raising suspicion. Hamlet wants to pick up more clues so that he can see if the what the ghost said actually happened.
Hamlet did kill Claudius, but did not see the result of his actions, because he is killed soon after. Hamlet’s fatal flaw was procrastinating on his actions; whereas Fortinbras could have suffered as a result of his father’s murder, but took a deliberate path and ended up successfully avenging his father and staying alive to tell his story. This not only leads the audience to sympathize with Hamlet, but causes the reader to realize could have been an overall successful