The Procrastination Of Revenge In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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If up until now my analysis examined some of Hamlet´s actions, as well as steps taken so as to avenge his father’s murder, now it is time to focus on his constant hesitation and perpetual procrastination over the matter. William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is clearly a revenge play, yet ironically, our protagonist seems unable to commit such an act. Although, he establishes that the Ghost’s request for revenge is his obligation to carry out, Hamlet always postpones the act. Throughout the course the play it becomes quite obvious that Hamlet is conscious of the illusive form of his hollow intention: “I do not know/ Why yet I live to say, ‘This thing’s to do’” (4.4.43–44). His delay becomes central to the plot, and it shows how far from resolving his purpose, Hamlet lacks courage to carry it out.…show more content…
Claudius for example, hastily draws up a plan to kill Hamlet once he figures out that the young Prince knows the truth. Laertes is another character that does not hesitate when it is his turn to avenge his father and sister’s death: “But my revenge will come!“ (4.7.29). Even though these two characters fail miserably at their plan, they both contrast greatly with Hamlet’s thought process and procrastination. As I stated previously, we see that Hamlet is a man of reason and intellect. His reaction to the events that take place make him to first reflect upon them. A good example is exhibited in the beginning of the play, when his father’s Ghost tells him how he was murdered. Hamlet’s response

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