Hamlet's Hesitation To Kill Claudius

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Hamlet’s Hesitation Analysis
Hamlet is a character that seems to be a victim of circumstances. The unexpected death of his father leaves him depressed, not forgetting the wedding between his mother Gertrude and his uncle Claudius that took place just three months after the funeral. His father’s ghost appears to him and asks him to take revenge on Claudius for murdering him. Though he gets convinced to take revenge at the beginning, he later becomes hesitant to do so. He drags his feet until he finally brings himself to fulfill his mission. Is Hamlet’s hesitation appropriate? How can the reader appreciate his hesitation? It is the position of this paper that Hamlet’s hesitation should be a strength as opposed to many who sees it as a weakness.
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His hesitation crops in to reveal his determination to adopt means and his intent to consummate a given course of action. In other words, Hamlet confidence in taking revenge begins to shake when he is left alone in thought. He begins to drag into the rhythm of a new conflict because his analytic planning brings the shadows of death to him. His desire to fulfill the plan “with wings as swift as meditation” begins to break down with the skepticism because of his mother and uncle. Though skeptical, does not back away from his mission of revenge. Looking at the delay he may cause, he says, ‘The time is out of joint. O cursèd spite that ever I was born to set it right!” (1.5.190). in his thoughts, he is determined to take revenge. However, in reality, what is seen is skepticism. Even though his hesitation appears in the form of self-accusation, he remains determined to fulfill his father’s …show more content…
Hamlet’s hesitation should thus be seen as part of his promise to take revenge and not a sign of weakness. He wants to revenge for his father seriously bit strategically. Thus, he carefully and cautiously plans and says, “I know my course. The spirit that I have seen May be the devil: and the devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness and my melancholy…I'll have grounds more relative than this...” (2.2.570). he is trying to rationalize and justify his hesitation as he is focused on maintaining a sense of duty and justice without being blinded from the

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