Why Did Hamlet Decide To Kill Claudius

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murder”(Beasley 1985). Again, he does not see Claudius as just ordinary person considering how the father’s ghost referred to him as “Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast, with witchcraft of his wits, with traitorous gift. O wicked wit and gift that has the power to seduce” (Act I, Scene 5). These strong words of the ghost makes Hamlet to be very careful in approaching Claudius, even he already knows Hamlet plan. The major problem with Hamlet is that he engages enormous time in planning instead of taken action.

Thirdly, Hamlet feigned madness was another cause of delay to his avenging his father’s death. He feigned madness to enable him to buy time to make a decision and plan on how to kill Claudius. Although people like Grenadier …show more content…

It inflames him to damn his uncle as well as kill him. Again it is against his conscience to commit murder. As Prosser indicated in his book Hamlet and Revenge, “that a man who refuses to follow the dictates of virtue cease to be a man, since he cannot be partaker of the divine condition, and is turn into a beast. By this view, the decision to surrender the will to God, for example, to obey the command against private vengeance, would not be ignoble retreat but the noblest act of which the free will is capable. It is these view that Hamlet challenger in the two great soliloquies of moral choice. On the one hand, the voice of conscience tells him that it is nobler to endure than to act; and on the other, the voice of instinct raises an unsettling question…. so as Prosser point out ‘Hamlet is trapped between two value system’. “The moral code from which he cannot escape is basically medieval, but his instincts are with the Renaissance.” (Prosser 166) This moral dilemma is made more difficult of resolution by Hamlets coming to grips with the change in his fortunes that so radically affect the symbolic order or economic system of his psyche. Not only is his father dead and his mother remarried and equally being displaced as heir-presumptive”(Hathaway 90 ) He has constantly been haunted by his conscience regarding the revenge issue. There is no form of murder or revenge that is acceptable among the Christian fold. It is believed that revenge and vengeance is for God. Apart from his believe, Hamlet is a Philosopher Prince who thinks more than he acts and whose subtle intellect inhibits action, unless

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