April 26, 1998
In Shakespeare's Hamlet, a ghost tells Hamlet that his uncle, Claudius, is responsible for the death of his father. Hamlet is driven to reveal the truth of his father's death and seeks to avenge his murder to achieve justice. In his quest to right the wrongdoing, Hamlet delays acting toward justice for many reasons. The main factor for Hamlet's hesitation is attributed to his self-discipline. He lacks of ability to act on his emotions. Hamlet is an intelligent, moral, and reserved character. He restrains himself to act rationally and not on emotion. This hesitation is a tragic flaw for Hamlet, but in order to resolve the truth, it is necessary.
Hamlet has doubts about the validity of the
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He is provided the opportunity as he follows Claudius up, away from the play. However, once again he hesitates because he finds Claudius to be praying, repenting his wrongdoing. Hamlet feels that if he were to kill Claudius while praying it would defeat the purpose he was trying to achieve, making Claudius suffer for murdering his father. Hamlet feels that if he kills Claudius while he is repenting his sins, that Claudius will go to heaven, and that would not achieve the justice he deserves. Hamlet wants Claudius to go to hell. Hamlet explains this when he says: "Now might I do it pat, now he is praying And now I'll do't: and so he goes to heaven: And so am I revenged. That would be scanned; A villain kills my father; and for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send To heaven. O, this is hire and salary, not revenge.
. But in our circumstance and course of thought, Tis heavy with him: and am I then revenged, To take him in the purging of his soul, When he is fit and seasoned for his passage? No.
.. When he is drunk asleep, or in his rage, Or, in the incestuous pleasure of his bed; At game, a-swearing, or about some act That has no relish of salvation in't; Then trip him, that his soul may be as damned and black As hell, whereto it goes. My mother