The Theme Of Procrastination In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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William Shakespeare’s Hamlet narrates a tragedy of a young prince who, while being challenged with multiple obstacles, has one motive: to avenge his father’s death. Shakespeare utilizes many soliloquies throughout the play as a critical and significant technique for the audience to advance in new knowledge and understanding of revealing information. Without soliloquies, the play would be meaningless and lack sincerity. In each of Hamlet’s seven soliloquies, Shakespeare provides insight into Hamlet’s thoughts and emotions, allows the audience to have a deeper understanding of the plot and depicts a world of corruption. Due to Hamlet’s inner struggle as displayed in his soliloquies, there are conflicts in characters and within individuals. …show more content…
The play is largely about inaction, narrowing specifically on Hamlet’s persistent hesitancy to prove his loyalty to his father and fulfil his duty in seeking revenge. Due to the fact that Hamlet continuously speaks of his inability to transform reason into action during his self-directed tirades, the reader is able to notice Hamlet’s unexplainable delay throughout the play. In one of the earlier soliloquies, Hamlet expresses that he is filled with shame and is not proud of his inactivity as he criticizes and calls himself “a rogue and peasant slave” that “Like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of [his] cause” (Shakespeare. 2. 2. 545, 564). Along with Hamlet’s doubts of the ghost’s honesty, Hamlet’s justification to seek revenge on behalf of his father’s murder weakens. Additionally, due to Hamlet’s contemplation on whether or not he should carry out his plan, the audience is, once again, able to acknowledge his repetitive pattern of action versus inaction. In act 3 scene 2, however, Hamlet takes action by using a play to establish a solid foundation for his motivation and to justify his procrastination. Hamlet decides to write a play for the actors to reenact the murder of his father. The bold choice commences a turn in events and at the end of the scene, Hamlet’s soliloquy reveals to the audience that he his ready to divert his thoughts of killing and seek revenge on his uncle, Claudius. In addition, through Hamlet’s validation from the play, he decides to also create an eternal alliance with his mother. Though Hamlet feels revulsion about his mother, Hamlet realizes that he must “be cruel, not unnatural” and that he “will speak differs to her, but use none” (Shakespeare. 3. 2. 386-387). Thus, through Hamlet’s soliloquies, the audience acknowledges where and when the plot alters due to Hamlet’s personal intel following every key event. Hamlet

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