Action Versus Inaction By William Shakespeare Essay

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In the shakespearean play Hamlet, Shakespeare illustrates the theme of action versus inaction by making Hamlet decide if killing Claudius, Hamlet 's uncle who killed Hamlet 's father to take over as king, while he is inside a confessional seeking forgiveness from god for his sins, or if he should kill him in a later time when Claudius is in the act of committing a sin or many sins. Shakespeare uses two rhetorical devices, a constant theme, and an appeal, to develope his beliefs that one should not jump at the first opportunity without logically analyzing the repercussions of each decision. The two rhetorical devices Shakespeare uses in Hamlet 's soliloquy in act 3, scene 2, are inductive reasoning and rhetorical questions; The repeating theme Shakespeare uses in this soliloquy is the theme of action versus inaction, and the appeal that Shakespeare conveys through the entire soliloquy is logos.
In the soliloquy, Shakespeare is trying to convey the theme of action versus inaction by making Hamlet use the rhetorical device of inductive reasoning to stop himself from killing Claudius at a time that would be revenge for Hamlet instead of revenge for his father, who was trapped in Hell because he was murdered by Claudius before he could confess his sins to God and then ask God for forgiveness. He not only conveys the theme of action versus inaction, but also supports the reasoning behind Hamlet not killing Claudius when he had the perfect opportunity. When Hamlet goes into the…

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