Hamlet himself says, "That I essentially am not in madness, but mad in craft." He thought about everything he was doing, and everything he was going to do. Hamlet did in fact act like he was mad, just so he could follow through on his plan to avenge his father's death. Hamlet acted like he was mad because he did not want to outright kill Claudius, because he would probably go to heaven, and Hamlet wanted to make him suffer like Claudius had made his father suffer. Hamlet also knew that he could not go around telling people that Claudius killed his father just because a ghost told him so.
Prince Hamlet seems keen to avenge his father’s death, but throughout the narrative we see Hamlet hesitate to kill Claudius, he may be finding it hard as Claudius is the King and also a relative. The Ghost says he’s going to suffer in Purgatory until Prince Hamlet avenges his death by killing Claudius, as the way he died he didn’t have a chance to confess his sins, so he would go to heaven. “Doomed for a certain
Due to his indecisiveness on making key decisions, Hamlet suffers from the tragic flaw of procrastination. Hamlet procrastinated with his revenge of his father’s death, prioritizing his love for Ophelia, and his decisions on deciding to make the kill. Hamlet was procrastinating with his revenge of his father’s death because he was too indecisive on when and how he was going to do it also whether or not the ghost was right. Prioritizing his love for Ophelia, Hamlet did not show his love to Ophelia until she was just a cold, dead corpse being put 6 feet under. Finally Hamlet had the perfect opportunity to get his revenge and yet again his indecisiveness is getting the best of him.
The first sentence he is debating whether or not to keep his pain within himself, and the second sentence he poses suicide as an option to lead him out of his misery. In the soliloquy, Hamlet states "Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished", stating that he wants his suicidal thoughts fulfilled. He wants to end all the pain and grief that his father's death brought upon him. But then again, he might just be saying all this because he knows that Polonius and Claudius are listening in. But in fact, nobody will ever know if Hamlet’s intentions to commit suicide were in any way, shape, or form true.
Hamlet derives a plan to have actors re-enact the death of his father as told to him by the ghost. He watches Claudius during the play, and knows from the way Claudius behaves that he did indeed kill his father. He wants to kill Claudius, but puts it off several times. He knows that it is a sin and against the law to kill out of revenge. He also sees Claudius praying for forgiveness, but wouldn’t kill him because he wouldn’t ascend to heaven.
Hamlet’s anger and grief- primarily stemming from his mother’s marriage to Claudius- brings him to thoughts of suicide, which only subside as a result of it being a mortal and religious sin. The fact that he wants to take his own life demonstrates a weakness in his character; a sense of cowarness, his decision not to kill himself because of religious beliefs shows that this weakness is balanced with some sense of morality. Such an obvious paradox is only one example of the inner conflict and turmoil that will eventually lead to Hamlet’s downfall. In addition to this internal struggle, Hamlet feels it is his duty to dethrone Claudius and become the King of Denmark. This revenge, he
He laments that “the Everlasting”, which is symbolic for the eternal God, has deemed it immoral to commit suicide, for he would rather commit suicide than endure pain. However, it is because committing suicide goes against the bible, that he continues his struggle through life, unlike Ophelia who upon losing her sanity, also loses her faith. This is the first time we see Hamlet contemplating death, which remains a very compelling idea in his mind. For example, in his “to be, or not to be (73)”, soliloquy, Hamlet is again contemplating whether it is a more noble task to bear all of life’s burdens or to escape it though death. However because there is much uncertainty in death, as no one knows what comes after, Hamlet declares himself too cowardly to commit suicide.
Early in the play, he had a chance to put a stop to the girls’ accusations, but his desire to preserve his reputation keeps him from testifying against Abigail. In addition to concealment of information, the pride of some of the condemned people caused them not to confess their “crime” and in doing so, receive the punishment of death. At the end of the play, Proctor’s desire to keep his good name leads him to make the choice not to make a false confession and to go to his death without signing his name on a statement. “I have given you my soul; leave me my name!”(150) Proctor cried in act four. By refusing to give up his name, he redeemed himself for his earlier failure and died with Pride.
Theme of Revenge The troubles young Prince Hamlet faces in Hamlet, by William Shakespeare all help his complex mind to seek out the true objective, revenge. Seeking revenge for his father’s murder, the incestuous activity that his uncle and mother commit, and his passionate mystifying feelings for Ophelia all make for an interesting plot of events. Hamlets outlook on life dwindles deeply after he learns the true cause of his father’s death. His pessimistic views and suicidal feelings are seen in as early as the first scene when he says, “Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His cannon ‘gainst self-slaughter … how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world” (Shakespeare Act I scene II). This sadness Hamlet feels, makes him question his own life in his famous “to be or not to be” soliloquy.
In Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy, the tones of grief and misery overtake him at that very moment and reveal his fears of the ongoing situation in his life. He is anguished and tormented, and complexly contemplates the decision of whether or not to commit suicide because of the way it would stand as a morality issue. Throughout the scene he is constantly deliberating whether taking the pain and suffering of his life would be worth the consequences he would receive after death. The diction used in Hamlet’s soliloquy is important to understand the true depth and complex meaning behind his words. Hamlet begins with the ever so famous line: “To be or not to be,” for at that moment, Hamlet literally poses the question of “life and death”.