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
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. This causes him to have an internal conflict with himself, he feels as if it's his duty to complete the task and get revenge for his father.
Hamlet’s promise to avenge his father’s death by killing Claudius is put on hold because his finds himself “thinking to precisely on the’ event” (4.4.40). Hamlet’s indecisiveness is the flaw in his character. He contemplates the reasons not to kill Claudius while Claudius is praying. If Hamlet were to kill Claudius while he is repenting of his sins, he would go to heaven with his acts forgiven. In his opportune time to assassinate Claudius, Hamlet’s mind wanders to an act of the murder that “has no relish of salvation in it [. . .] and that his soul may be as damned and as black as hell” (3.3.92-93).
As many researchers know there is much evidence for both his sanity, and his madness. But which is true? In the play, Hamlet is constantly talking to himself, which is already one sign of madness, but the things that he says to himself are murderous and even suicidal quotes. One of the quotes in the play being, “HAMLET: O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw and resolve itself into a dew, Or that the Everlasting had not fixed
He is a mass of contradictions’ (Bell, 190). Upon learning of his father's murder Hamlet's first thoughts thereafter are of pursuing a burning, violent revenge unto Claudius. However, his subsequent actions do not replicate these undertakings. As a result of Hamlet’s shortcomings, the world appears purposeless and Hamlet evokes imagery of sickness, corruption and imprisonment as a reflection
His conscience was aligned with his religious beliefs which got in the way of allowing him to act on his thoughts. This sparked an inner conflict in Hamlet about what to do. When Hamlet was first told by the ghost to kill King Claudius, Hamlet overthinks the decision on throughout the book. Hamlet knows his conscience driven mind will prevent him from acting on his instincs to kill Claudius. “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all” (3.1.87) Hamlet is angry with himself that he has let his conscience come in the way.
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.
Hamlet’s “antic disposition” is merely an act, and serves to mask his intentions of revenge from his peers; Hamlet does become somewhat unstable, though, and lapses into brief moments of true insanity. Following the first encounter with his father, Hamlet vows to put on an act of madness to hide his actions and thoughts from the King. Hamlet’s feigned madness begins with a half-naked appearance in Ophelia’s chambers, and escalates from that point onward. The effect of the “antic disposition” seems to wear off by Act IV though, as Hamlet’s actions cause Claudius to become suspicious of Hamlet. Hamlet seems to experience moments of true insanity at times, though, as seen when he rashly kills Polonius.
Hamlet’s deception stems from his yearning for revenge on his uncle. After Hamlet learns about the true nature of his father’s death, he begins demonstrating his hypocritical qualities. Hamlet attempts to mask his anger towards Claudius; he does not want
From the beginning of the play, Hamlet is obsessed with death. After Hamlet is confronted by his father’s ghost, he becomes obsessed with avenging his father’s death. Yet Hamlet is unable to act, killing Claudius, partially due to his conscience. Several times throughout the play, there is an opportunity for Hamlet to kill Claudius, but Hamlet always seems to find a reason/way not to. One of the most prominent examples is when Hamlet sees Claudius praying and decides not to kill him there, in the fear that because he is praying,
The Cost of being Free “Man is born free, but he is everywhere in chains.” A man is free to do everything as per his will, but then there are some cultural norms, social restrictions, and the destinies which have already been decided. All of these matters frankly chain the man and make him handicapped. The realities of the life confine him, and all his free will goes in vain.