Essay on Hamlet - Destiny

938 Words Jun 22nd, 2008 4 Pages
In Shakespeare's tragic tale of Hamlet, destiny is viewed as a predetermined course of events, which lead to the outcome of one's future. Morals, values and beliefs reflect one's destiny, since they affect the decisions and choices that are made. Based on experience and development of knowledge one discovers their likes and dislikes. These discoveries lead to certain goals, fears, dreams, desires and expectations that one would go to any extent to achieve. Collectively, all of this contributes to one's destiny and what they, as individuals, desire for themselves. In the case of the play Hamlet, Claudius' desires to be king influence him to make decisions that affect the outcome of his own destiny. When considering the character of …show more content…
Due to continuos procrastination, his train of thought is altered several times. "And so am I reveng'd. That would be scann'd:/ A villain kills my father, and for that/ I, his sole son, do this same villain send/ To heaven." (Act III, sc. iii..75-78) Hamlet's feelings are altered several times due to the circumstances of his mother's remarriage, and his father's death. The more Hamlet faces the murder in which he must commit to avenge his father's death, the less he is able to commit it. However, it is of great importance to Hamlet to avenge his father's death, yet he is unable to commit the deed without studying his actions several times. Thus causing circumstance with the death of Polonius, Gertrude, and Ophelia, and the duel between Hamlet and Laeretes to arise. Which somehow would have occurred differently if Hamlet followed through with his first instinct to kill Claudius. With Hamlet postponing his actions, he gave Claudius time to plot his own operation, and fail, only due to a simple confusion among the swords. As wife of Claudius, and mother of Hamlet, Gertrude is torn between the love for her son, and the loyalty for her husband. It is common logic that Hamlet would be severely bothered by his mother's hasty remarriage, since he and his father had a complex level of respect, "Hyperion to a satyr, so loving to my mother" (Act I, sc. ii..140)

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