Epic Of Prince Hamlet Moral Analysis

In the epic of Prince Hamlet, the plot revolves around the moral issue of revenge. The dilemma Hamlet faces is whether or not to kill his uncle, King Claudius, based on the information given by his father’s ghost. The ghost tells Hamlet that Claudius killed him and tells Hamlet to kill his uncle to purge his soul. On one hand, his father faces Hell if his death is not avenged. On the other, killing is against Hamlet’s religious beliefs, and doing so would sentence him to Hell. Hamlet’s passive personality forces him to wait for definite proof that Claudius murdered his father instead of taking immediate action as his father’s ghost had implored. It is said that only fools make hasteful decisions based on an assumption or bias. Hamlet chose to wait for evidence showing Claudius’ guilt. During this time, he devises a plan to expose his uncle as his father’s murderer, however, this action is not what directly determines his fate. Hamlet hears of actors arriving in Denmark, so he commissions a play involving a scene …show more content…
Making decisions based on feelings, rather than facts, leaves a greater possibility for mistakes. Contrary to his understanding, if Hamlet had killed his uncle, his actions would have been justifies. Even though he would have committed murder, he would have made right the wrong Claudius had done to their family and country. Hamlet’s choice to impale the curtain with his rapier, not knowing who was behind it, was irrational, irresponsible, and unjustifiable. There is no acceptable excuse for erratic actions when human lives are at stake. When it comes to criminal justice, police officers know how delicate a confrontation with a murderer can be. If they are not able to arrest the criminal, they know it would be better for him or her to be dead than to risk anyone’s life trying to uphold their moral code. In the same way, Hamlet’s revenge would have been justified for the interest of the greater

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