Hamlet’s first act of betrayal against the ghost of his father is one that stretches throughout the entire book. Everytime that Hamlet has a chance to kill King Claudius, he hesitates and ends up not even doing it until his final attempt. The first time he has a chance
After Hamlet kills Polonius, his mother is quick to ask why he would commit such a sin. Hamlet quickly responds by belittling, insulting, and making fun of his mother for what sins she has committed. The ghost of King Hamlet then appears and reminds Hamlet that his mother is not the problem and that he must seek revenge for his father’s death. The violent act of Hamlet murdering
There are several theories about why Hamlet delays in killing his Uncle, King Claudius. As the son of a murdered noble, Hamlet is obligated to avenge the death of his father. It’s a law, but he must first talk with god to ensure his safety in his journey and that taking vengeance will not send him straight to hell. The act is never performed until the end of the play. Quite some time after Hamlet discovered Claudius was his father 's killer.
Laertes found out about his father 's death, and immediately returned home. He confronted the King and accused him of the murder of his father. Claudius told Laertes that Hamlet was responsible for his father 's death. He then decides to kill Hamlet to avenge the death of his father. He and Claudius enact a plot to kill Hamlet.
Gertrude tells Hamlet to stop grieving over his father 's death because it normal, but when you think about it, it 's not normal. “Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted color off, and let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark. Do not for ever with thy vailèd lids / Seek for thy noble father in the dust. Thou know 'st 'tis common; all that lives must die, / Passing through nature to eternity” (1.2.70-75). Making this comment to Hamlet shows the mysteriousness in the death of King Hamlet.
Hamlet is appalled at the revelation that his father has been murdered, and the alleged spirit of the former king tells him that the only “villain” to blame is Claudius “who now wears his crown”. Hamlet’s worst fears about his uncle are confirmed. The ghost exhorts Hamlet to seek revenge, telling him that Claudius has corrupted Denmark and corrupted Gertrude, having taken her from the pure love of her first marriage and seduced her in their incestuous union. But the ghost urges Hamlet not to act against his mother in any
a rat?” (III.IV.22) Hamlet stabbed the unidentified man through the tapestry killing Polonius. Hamlet reveals Polonius’s body
Hamlet was plotting his uncle’s murder, something the majority of people would view as completely insane, but it is how he plotted this murder that makes it clear that he is not mad. He deceives his friends and family into thinking he has gone completely mad, but it is his actions that prove to the reader that he may not be as mad as the king and queen believe. His unwillingness to kill Claudius because “he is a-praying.. And so he goes to heaven; And so I am revenged: And so he is scanned:” (III/iii/76-79) proves that he still has some reason and has put some thought into this murder. Also, it is how Hamlet acts towards his love, Ophelia, that proves that he may not truly be mad, especially in Act 5 during her funeral when he returns and states “I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not with all their love make up my sum.”(V/i/262-264) Hamlet attempts to deceive the entire kingdom into labelling him as mad so that they would think nothing of him.
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.
The second thing that the ghost told Hamlet was that he should do no harm to his mother, even though she married her husband’s murderer. Before the ghost leaves, he said to Hamlet to remember him. After Hamlet had his speech with his dead father, his goal was to avenge the King Hamlet’s death. Hamlet had many chances to kill Claudius and get over with his revenge, but he hesitated most of the times. The first time that Hamlet had the opportunity to kill his dad’s murderer was after the “Mousetrap”, which was the play that presents the true story of a murder carried out in Vienna.