Hamlet’s Inability “To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer” (Shakespeare 63). Hamlet never knew what he wanted except for one thing. That was revenge for his father’s death, which came by the hand of his uncle. The narrative in this story is based around this fact, However with Shakespeare, there will be a twist that will make this story as one of the most memorable stories in literature. Everyone knows the famous or infamous words “To be, or not to be:” (Shakespeare 63).
The cluelessness that is going on within his mind makes him lose his mental status, life and the love of his life. Hamlets actions are hypnotized by his thoughts: “Thus Conscience does make cowards of us all, And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pitch and moment, With this regard their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action” (3.1.85-90). Since Hamlet is not able to make up his own decisions he must take the orders from a ghost he meets which is the spirit of his father. Hamlet also knows he cannot make his decisions
However, he murdered Polonius impulsively. Hamlet’s inability to make decisions properly led to his impulsive actions, which caused the death of the people he cared about. He had many opportunities to kill Claudius and complete his revenge before anyone else died, but he refused to act. Hamlet himself realized that and said, “But I am pigeon-liver 'd and lack gall / To make oppression bitter.” Hamlet didn’t feel he was capable of righting the wrong Claudius committed. If Hamlet had accepted Claudius as king and forgiven his mother or had completely committed to carrying out revenge, the play would have ended much differently, but Hamlet’s indecisiveness presented him from doing either.
Hamlet argues, “And so am I (revenged.) That would be scanned: / A villain kills my father, and for that, / I, his sole son, do this same villain send / To heaven. (3.3 80-83)” While many rush to fault Hamlet for failing to stab Claudius right at this moment, Hamlet asses the situation as one where he still doubt’s Claudius sin. Therefore, from Hamlet’s perspective, it is rational to wait until a time when Claudius has been proven guilty to kill him. A time where he will not be granted direct access to heaven and will be forced to roam the Earth, much like his father’s ghost.
Regarding Hamlet is a revenge tragedy, madness is a theme of the play but he’s not truly mad. He pretends to be mad to distract his uncle and mother so that he can reveal the truth of his father’s murder. Even though he gives the signs of his feigned madness throughout the play he first articulates these words to his friend Horatio at the end of act I scene
In Hamlet that wrote by William Shakespeare. Prince Hamlet is an irresolute person who always falls in the choice between action and inaction, he fears about the possible unfairness of the afterlife, and his inability to act. Hamlet decline to take action against Claudius because he saw the King is praying for his guilt of murdering his brother. Hamlet feels a responsibility to avenge his father's murder by his uncle Claudius, but Claudius is now the king and thus well protected. Moreover, Hamlet struggles with his doubts about whether he can trust the ghost and whether killing Claudius is the appropriate thing to do.
I think shakespeare is exploring the fact that many people are not born a blank slate. The evil that takes over hamlets life is partially because of the death of his father, but mostly just because of the cunning person he is. He loves to lure people in an feel welcome, and then can easily mess things up. I think killing polonius will not have that much effect on his character later in the play. This was what he had to do in his mind to fix his own issues.- REVENGE/MORAL CORRUPTION The killing is now over and the king and rosecraftsz want hamlet out.
The ghost of his father leads him to contemplate murder; this is an emotional decision for him due to the apparent lack of evidence. Commanded by his father’s ghost to, “revenge his foul and most unnatural murder,” by his brother Claudius, who has robbed him of his wife and throne as well as his life. At this point, his inner turmoil has left him emotionally unavailable and completely disenchanted with humanity in general. Hamlet is so bent on doing it but swears that “with wings as swift/ As meditation, or the thoughts of love,’ he will ‘sweep to [his] revenge”, but keeps on the procrastination due to the voice of reason within him. These two sides within Hamlet offers a spectacle of conflict, that is, whether he wants to avenge his father’s murder or not.
Prince Hamlet’s inability to make crucial decisions ultimately leads to his tragic death, and that is what makes him a tragic hero. Prince Hamlet’s inability to act in dire situations is a tragic flaw that haunts him throughout the story. In one of the opening scenes, King Hamlet’s ghost tells his son to, “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” (Shakespeare 25). This significant quote introduces the plot of the story as well as plants the seed of the internal conflict Prince Hamlet has yet to face. This quote also reveals Prince Hamlet’s feelings towards his father’s murder on top of the anger he has over his
Throughout the play Hamlet uncovers horrible deeds his uncle has committed, which were “Remorseless, Treacherous, lecherous”. Hamlet wished to punish Gertrude but was prevented by his father’s ghost. In Hamlet’s soliloquy in Act 3 scene 2, Hamlet will “speak daggers to her but use none” representing his future interactions with Gertrude. Shakespeare uses this metaphor to show Hamlet’s hatred towards his mother and to create tension. In Act 3 Scene 4, Hamlet reveals Claudius’ involvement in his father’s death to his mother, but she thinks Hamlet has turned into a madman.