Characteristics of Hamlet Essay

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Characteristics of Hamlet

In the novel, Hamlet Prince of Denmark, Hamlet had plenty of time to kill Claudius in revenge of his father King Hamlet. Hamlet procrastinated many times before taking action because he was depressed, uncertain, and he needed time to prepare for his revenge.
Hamlet becomes very depressed when he finds out about his father’s death. In the novel, he talks about the first thing that made him sad. “She married O most wicked speed, to post which such dexterity to incestuous sheets it is not, nor it cannot come to good but break my heart for I must hold my tongue.”( Mcgraw) He was very upset when his mom married Claudius which was King Hamlet’s brother, and she barely mourned or showed any sympathy towards her
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Unfortunately this plan didn’t work after he caught Claudius repenting to god. Hamlet had also warned his friends that he will start acting like a “mad man” which was part of his plan. “How strange or odd soe'er I bear myself, as I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on.”(Shmoop) At the end, none of Hamlet’s plans worked out, leaving the majority of the people in the town dead. Hamlet later died after killing Claudius with a poison sword and a poisonous drink.
Hamlet’s procrastination led to a huge death maze which affected his friends and himself. Hamlet procrastinated many times before taking action because he was depressed, uncertain, and he needed time to prepare for his revenge. If Hamlet did not procrastinate, he would have, probably saved the lives of the people he loved.
Works Cited

"Introduction to Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy." Shakespeare Online. Web. 08 Nov. 2010. <http://www.shakespeare-online.com/playanalysis/revengetragedy.html>. "Hamlet Madness Quotes." Shmoop: Study Guides & Teacher Resources. Web. 08 Nov. 2010. <http://www.shmoop.com/hamlet/madness-quotes.html>.

Literature Craft & Voice (Fiction, Poetry, Drama). McGraw-Hill Humanities Social, 2009.

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