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.
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.
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.
The ghost tells hamlet he needs to kill King Claudius but Hamlet is to busy consumed in all the problems he has, that he doesn’t act at the right time. He had many chances to do something about King Claudius but didn’t because he was too indecisive about it. For example: when the King is kneeling paying Hamlet has a chance to kill him but he doesn’t. He talks himself out of murdering him, and instead makes a play to see if he is guilty. Hamlet talks to the actors of the play and decides to make them act out his father’s murder.
“The spirit I have seen may be a devil, and the devil hath power T’ assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps… abuses me to damn me.” (2.2.627-632) Is the ghost trying to trick him into an encounter that he will later regret? Is it truly his father, seeking revenge for his unjust murder? These thoughts just make Hamlet delay reacting until he finds some concrete evidence against Claudius. Thus where Hamlet brings forth the “Moustetrap” scheme, in which to ensnare Claudius’ reaction of guilt to a play similar to his father’s murder. After the play, The Mousetrap, Hamlet is positive that Claudius has killed his father and in turn he is now set to kill the King.
1.5.5) The reasons that justifies Hamlet’s need for revenge are thus; First, The murder of his father in an age when the justice system rarely punished the wrong doer, especially when the suspect is the ruling monarch, secondly, The marriage to his mother when the father’s death hasn’t been grieved, and finally, the call by the ghost of his father for closure to his death. Using these reasons, this paper will explain that although revenge isn’t always the best course of action, it is in this case justified. The first reason that justifies Hamlet’s need for revenge is the murder of his father by his uncle who gets the throne. Hamlet’s own words show his outrage and anger at the fact that Claudius has murdered his father and taken the
William Shakespeare uses Hamlet’s first soliloquy to characterise Hamlet in order to captivate the audience and set the stage for the events about to unfold. In the soliloquy, Shakespeare introduces us to the complex, melancholy mind of the protagonist, depicting grief over his father’s death, anger towards his mother, and general weltschmertz. The passage introduces the audience to a truly multifaceted character, not before seen by an Elizabethan audience. Hamlet begins with thoughts of suicide, yet is indecisive since it is forbidden by god. These lines serve two purposes.
Research Paper: Hamlet It is usual to believe that only the main characters truly highlight the thematic significance of literary works. However, as seen in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the minor characters, Ophelia and the ghost of Hamlet senior, illuminate issues of central importance to the play, especially the thematic elements and character development. The ghost of Hamlet’s father triggers Hamlet’s emotions to avenge his father’s murder which sets the course for the rest of the play: GHOST – I am thy father’s spirit, Doomed for a certain term to walk the night And for the day confined to fast in fires Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature Are burnt and purged away. … Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder (Act 1, Scene 5, lines 14 – 31). Hamlet is shocked to not only to see his father’s ghost but to also hear that he was murdered; he now feels it his duty to as the ghost wishes in order to save his family’s pride.
One night a ghost appears and relays to Prince Hamlet that King Claudius, the Prince’s uncle killed the King. The very issue that Hamlet has been visited by something of the supernatural world already suggests that the natural state of harmony is not in equilibrium. Hamlet has now entered a world that is not bound by rules and moral values. Hamlet is torn between what is right and what is wrong because he could very well have been confronted with a demon that came to lure Hamlet to evil and to his death? If the ghost image that resembled King Hamlet was demonic then Hamlet is then swept into an idea that he needs to avenge his father’s death and seek justice.