Essay on Hamlet, By William Shakespeare

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Admitting that Claudius is an obstacle between Hamlet and his mother-Gertrude, Hamlet is waiting for avenge because of closeness to his mother. However that Hamlet has a devotional duty to pay off for his father’s murder, his faith and love to his mother is extremely strong that does not let him to leave an open pathway to her. Hamlet tries to find reasons for a delay of killing Claudius. First, he tries to discover whether or not Claudius really did kill King Hamlet, which gives him some time. After he realized and convinced himself that Claudius has to be blamed, Hamlet has a motive to finally kill his uncle. Hamlet actually draws his sword and says to himself, "Now might I do it pat, now he is praying; / And now I 'll do 't" (3.3.73-4).
Claudius is a discerning power hungry man who yearns to maintain power, unlike Hamlet who seeks honor and justice. Claudius and his corrupt court bask in the pleasures of the flesh: “The king doth wake tonight and takes his rouse, / Keeps wassail, and the swaggering up-spring reels; / And as he drains his draughts of Renish down, / The kettle-drum and trumpet thus bray out / The triumph of his pledge” (1.4.8-12). Hamlet and Claudius are polar opposites in every way. Hamlet hesitates in needing abundance of information as well as proof to make any forward progress in his revenge. This would indicate he is a man of honor but his impulsive behavior and sheer madness put those around him in much pain. His ill feeling toward woman of all type…

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