Hamlet's Inability To Act

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I believe that Hamlet's seeming inability to act isn't indecisiveness but prudence, that he acted the way he did because he was being careful and thorough. His delay or procrastination to act was because he wanted to make sure that his uncle Claudius was truly guilty of murdering his father and have it proven before he did anything about it. I think he also wanted to figure out if his mother or anyone else took part in it. Although I believe this, I think that Hamlet's rash murderous action in stabbing Polonius shows his inability to coordinate his thoughts and actions which could be considered his tragic flaw. I think that Hamlet did the things that he did purposefully. After he speaks with his father as a ghost, he talks to the night guards. He tells them not to say anything of it, "As I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on."(Act 1 Scene 5 Line 190) This means that he was pretending to be crazy. I think he wanted to do this so that no one would figure out what he was really trying to do. He especially did not want Claudius to find out that he was trying to prove his guilt in the murder of his father, most likely in fear that he would do the same to him once he knew. This shows that he was being careful and cautious. The reason that Hamlet waited so long to act upon Claudius and get revenge was not because he couldn't decide when or how to do it, but because he wanted to make sure that Claudius really killed his father and was first proven guilty of it. He couldn't just kill him because of what a ghost had told him, most people would never believe that. While thinking to himself he says, "To be or not to be, that is the question: whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles...thus conscience does make cowards of us all."(Act 3 Scene 1 Line

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