This stress put on him is what essentially created his tragic flaw. Hamlets tragic flaw is his indecisiveness to make decisions. This trait is demonstrated through the entire play and causes Hamlet to his own demise. When Hamlet has immediate suspicious of his fathers murder and later proof, he delays the murder, which is puzzling because the play is about revenge, and one would expect him to have done it earlier as he had ample amount of opportunities to do so. His indecisiveness has puzzled many.
While Hamlet is full of self-doubt and conflicting emotions, Laertes is quick to attempt to avenge his father. Laertes immediately jumps to the conclusion that King Claudius is the murderer of his father and he seeks vengeance. He is willing to storm into the Demark court – without thinking – and tell King Claudius that, “only I’ll be revenged most thoroughly for my father” (4.5.132-133). In contrast to Laertes’ sudden actions, Hamlet ponders the chance to kill the man responsible for his father’s death. Even when Claudius is alone and the option is available, Hamlet fails
Of course he was aggravated with discovering such news but he was also aware that he would be committing a sin that would lead him to hell in the afterlife. Unlike Hamlet, later in the play when Laertes is informed about his father’s death he reacts in a much more unpleasant way which might be hard to believe. He intrudes into the castle with in army of men looking to blame anything and anyone who might be responsible for the death of his father. He is lead to believe that Claudius could be the one behind it and threatens to kill him. “ If you desire to know the certainty of your dear father, is’t writ in your revenge that, swoopstake, you will draw both friend and foe, winner or loser?” (Act 4 Scene 5 Lines 148-154).
In the first act, Hamlet paints himself as someone with high morals who deplored those who fake emotions to sway the opinions of others and similar behavior during a conversation with Claudius. He notes that his outward appearance of grief doesn’t illuminate how sad he really is. With this, he also implies that in general, outward appearance is not indicative of who you are as a person. From this, I gather that he has honorable ideals but that changes very quickly. He was resentful of the circumstances of his father’s death but it isn’t until Act 1, Scene 5 that his anger causes him to abandon who he truly is.
But we can see after he finds out about the truth, he is forced to act because of his morality beliefs. The battle in Hamlet’s tragedy occurs in a dynamic society that is created by opposing forces that contradict with each other and Hamlet is a philosophical prince who blames the court for impunity, injustice, and murder; and all of these problems prevents him from being a part of court’s social life and he becomes depressed. Hamlet’s deep depression effects on his behaviors until he even doesn’t act like prince and becomes mad. His madness effect on his judgment and makes him to become obsessed with the death; even he sees death as the only way to take revenge. We can see that Hamlet explores death in every facet of the play from many different angles and how he develops his definition of death from the materially to morality perspective.
After failing to be able to take not only Claudius's life, but his own, he questions his worth as a man. His second soliloquy is all about talking down on himself, how he isn't able to complete anything that he wishes because he is to cowardly. “A damned defeat was made. Am I a coward?”(2.2.559). Hamlet wishes to get revenge for his father's death, but is mentally unable to kill his uncle Claudius.
Insanity is when someone isn’t able to determine right from wrong, cannot differentiate fantasy from reality, or has irrational thoughts and impulsive behavior. This doesn’t describe Hamlet, the main character from William Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Hamlet. Hamlet is overwhelmed with grief from his father’s death and his mother’s overhasty incestuous marriage with her deceased husband’s brother, Claudius. The ghost of King Hamlet appears from the shadows to reveal the truth – “The serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown” (I, 5, 27). To add on to his burdens, Hamlet has to get revenge on his uncle for murdering his father.
It is obviously Hamlet’s uncertainty and fear about the afterlife that stops him from killing himself. The main source of Hamlet’s fear of death – frailty of human existence, perfectly illustrated in the graveyard scene when he saw the skill of Yorick, a man who was once his fathers’ jester and whom Hamlet was fond of. He witnesses the ultimate physical transition between life and death from this experience and hauntingly asking the lifeless bones ‘Where be your gibes now, your gambols, your songs, your flashes of merriment that were wont to set the table on a roar?” shows his fear of the absolute finality of death. What one does in life, even those as powerful as Julius Ceaser or Alexander the Great (Hamlet references
In Hamlet’s quest for revenge he begins to have self-doubt to whether man-slaughter is morally and politically correct. It is perfectly illustrated in the play as he proceeds on a transition of being ready to kill, to then considering if it is right or not, then heisting and wasting time, to finally dealing the deadly blow. Furthermore, it begins to become obvious that not only does Hamlet believe murdering is morally wrong, but for a sole reason it to is politically wrong. To begin with, when Hamlet has a talk with his father’s ghost it seems that the word “murder” catches him off guard, “Ghost: Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder. Hamlet: Murder?”.
In Act three scene one, Hamlet questions whether he should continue living or if death would be better with the lines, “To be or not to be…”. Hamlet is depressed, which is leading him down the road to contemplating suicide. He states later on that he continues living because it is a sin to commit suicide, and he would rather go to Heaven if the option were open. Another character that fears death is the King of Denmark, Claudius. He killed his brother, the former King of Denmark, which was a sin.