Hamlet and His Delay in Seeking Revenge Against Claudius Essay

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Zikima Sawyer English 102:002 Professor Hayes November 11, 2011 Hamlet's Delay In William Shakespeare, Hamlet, the ghost speaks to Hamlet, claiming to be his father’s spirit. Hamlet is shocked at the revelation that his father has been murdered, and the ghost tells him that as he slept in his garden, a villain poured poison into his ear, the villain who now wears his crown, Claudius. The ghost urges Hamlet to seek revenge, telling him that Claudius has corrupted Denmark and Gertrude, taken her from the love of her first marriage and seduced her in the lust of their incestuous union. The ghost also urges Hamlet not to act against his mother in any way. Through out the play, Hamlet has many opportunities to avenge his father's death…show more content…
Claudius explains that he has written to the leader of Norway who is currently "impotent and bed-rid,"(Line 28) to suppress his nephew Fortinbras from pushing this issue. Claudius has done this by dispatching Cornelius and Voltimand to Norway, the two men exiting after pledging their loyalty (Line 40). On the other hand, in his first soliloquy, Hamlet expresses unhappiness and wishes he could commit suicide since the "uses of this world" have become "weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable" to him but Hamlet quickly reprimands himself for such thoughts, they are like weeds in a garden and a sin (Lines 132-136). Hamlet is in fact depressed about the death of his father and marriage of his mother. Despite Denmark is in a state of high alert and Claudius is preparing for possible war with Fortinbras, Hamlet's depression supersede being fit to be King of Denmark. Hamlet confesses that his father was "so loving to my mother that he might not betweem the winds of heaven visit her face too roughly"(Line 140) and yet “within a month”(Line153), his very own mother remarried Claudius. Hamlet continues angrily as to generalizes that all woman like his mother are weak when he says, "Frailty, thy name is woman"(Line 146)! Hamlet is second in line to be the King of Denmark but rather than working on a resolution to save Denmark he is inadvertently depressed and obsessed

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