Hamlet was destined to be damned the moment he was asked to avenge his father. There is the argument that it was Hamlet’s free will to kill Claudius based on the quote, “my thoughts be bloody or nothing worth.” Killing a King is punishable by lifetime imprisonment or even death. By killing Claudius, Hamlet will be admonished by the court and either consequence that he will receive is awful. The other option instead of taking Claudius’ life would be to disregard his father’s ghost and go on with life as normal. This option seems prime to many, yet when Hamlet dies he will be stuck in purgatory for not avenging his father.
Hamlet ponders what an improvement his life would be without his grief. Although he is not fully willing to meet his death because he feels as though he has duties to fulfil and revenge to seek out, when he questions, “Who would bear the whips and scorns of time” ( III, i, 70). Hamlet logically inquires the pros and cons of suicide and what affects it may have on him and others. He apprehends that he must not let culpable Claudius get away with his father’s murder, consequently allowing his mother to be married to a
that this too too solid flesh would melt … all the uses of this world.” (I, ii, 129-135) Hamlet’s life no longer serves any value to him. He longs for death, wishing that he could end his own life without being doomed to an eternity in hell. This feeling lingers in his mind throughout most of the play, as in Hamlet’s fourth soliloquy it is believed he is debating killing himself as he ponders approaches that would not leave him at fault for his death; “Whether t’is nobler in the mind … and by opposing, end them?” (III, i, 57-60) Meanwhile, he also fears death as many of us today still do. Upon meeting his father’s apparition and learning of his unnatural murder, he is introduced to a new factor of death that was not considered before: purgatory. “Thou poor ghost.” (I, v, 97) Hamlet pities his father, as he was murdered and was not given the chance to pray.
Hamlet also demonstrates his flaw when he says “That would be scanned,”(Shakespeare III.iii.76) which basically means that he wants think more about the situation at hand, before following it through. His nature to over-think matters is considered a tragic flaw, because his decision to put off the murder of Claudius, leads to the death of many characters in the play, including him. Not only does Hamlet miss his opportunity when he scum’s to his flaw, but he also displays another tragic flaw, which is to procrastinate. Ophelia’s character flaw that is displayed is her emotional weakness. Ultimately Ophelia’s flaw is the reason for her own death, which is what makes it so tragic.
The stream of consciousness and antithesis is employed to portray the sacrifices of friendship. The contrast between the ambitions that they harboured and the despondency he is struck with is demonstrated when the narrator says “I really thought I’d be moving back this month. But I won’t of course. Not after blowing my exams.” The antithesis between hope and despair encapsulate that relationships unhinge the equality within a relationship and can be emotionally and psychologically fluctuating for the person making sacrifices. Tim Winton also demonstrates an antithesis between the present and the future, where people in a relationship are morally obliged to give up their future plans for the short-term pleasure of companionship.
Hamlet: Often, a person procrastinates when it comes to a conflict because of fear of the possible outcomes. In William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, the idea of procrastination results in disaster. The author demonstrates Hamlet's failure to act through the many deplorable scenes within the play. Ultimately, Hamlet is a tragic hero and his failure to act out is what makes him a tragedy. Hamlet pursues his failures by holding off his intentions to kill Claudius, unsuccessfully claiming his love for Ophelia, and the accidental murder of Polonius.
Hence, Friar Lawrence is partially to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, as his negligence resulted in the tragedy. Due to Juliet’s marriage with Paris being moved to a closer date, Friar Lawrence devised a dangerous and drastic plan, to avoid the marriage. Juliet, drowning in desperation, willingly accepts. Her desperation is evident when she states “If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help … with this knife I’ll help it presently”. Friar Lawrence is partly to blame for the death of the “ill-fated lovers”, as this plan is too dangerous to undergo, and he also does not fulfil his duty.
He states ‘tis an unweeded garden’ alluding to the fact that a false king leads to corruption which finally leads to the collapse of the hierarchy. Initially Hamlet has no internal conflict when it comes to avenging his father’s murder, but he is very quickly drawn into contemplation about the world and mortality. Hamlet as a character is enigmatic and it is these aspects of his personality that allow for his pondering of the world. In his Act 3 Scene 3 soliloquy, Hamlet finally reveals to the audience that he is going to honour his fallen father and avenge his death. However, his reasoning behind hesitation is that Claudius will go to heaven with a forgiven soul ‘and so he goes to heaven’.
This quotation reveals that after Romeo has calmed down, he sees how his actions were far to haste and begins to immediately regret it. Romeo now has to deal with the death sentence himself but as luck serves him he gets banishment instead. A direct example of the consequences of immaturity is action without thought. Thus, Romeo could have had justice served if
Hamlet assumes that Claudius is repenting for killing King Hamlet, as he is in a praying position. Shakespeare reveals that Hamlet does not kill Claudius in this scene because he wants to send Claudius to hell. Hamlet’s inaction at the end of this scene suggests little moral integrity, as the intent behind his inaction is certainly dark and cruel and overshadows his ‘noble’ characteristics until this point in the play. This makes the audience’s pathos towards his indecisive, tormented character decrease and increase towards the antagonist, Claudius, since he is portrayed to be very regretful, vulnerable in his soliloquy. Shakespeare carefully stages and dictates the entrance and exit of Hamlet in this scene to optimise the dramatic irony of the situation.