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I Am Pigeon Livered And Lack Gall Analysis

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In the words of Hamlet, “I am pigeon-livered and lack gall.” Hamlet (2/2 pg. 44). This statement portrays Hamlet’s continuous struggle to seek revenge on Claudius throughout the play. He knows that revenge is in order, but he doesn’t believe he will be able to carry it out. The true question is will Hamlet ever get his revenge or will he delay until it is too late? Hamlet is presented with several opportunities to pursue his vengeance, but delays each time for multiple reasons in which reveal his true nature. There are many reasons Hamlet restrains from killing Claudius. Firstly, Hamlet does not know whether the ghost should be believed or if it is just the devil in disguise trying to trick him. This is a valid reason because if the ghost is the devil, then Hamlet’s soul will be damned to the Hell. Hamlet’s…show more content…
Hamlet was intelligent and careful yet slightly unsure of himself. The reasons behind his delay show that Hamlet was smart and cautious; thinking things through before he acted. This also shows that Hamlet was patient and did not rush into conclusions or actions. “Contagion to this world. Now could I drink hot blood and do such bitter business as the day would quake to look on. Soft, now to my mother.” – Hamlet (3/2 pg. 61). Hamlet says here that he is ready to kill and to take his revenge, but then continued to say he needed to talk to his mother, even though he actually did not. Hamlet is showing here that even though he said he was ready, that he also was unsure if he could truly go through with killing Claudius. Hamlet also discloses this when he states, “The time is out of joint. O cursed spite, That I ever was born to set it right.”- Hamlet (1/5 pg. 96). Here he questioned if he truly wanted to kill Claudius and how he ended up with the responsibility in the first place. Once again Hamlet was unsure if he is even capable of killing
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