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Hamlet's Failure To Act On The Downfall Of Hamlet

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Shakespeare’s play Hamlet follows the story of the protagonist, Hamlet, who faces misfortune and is expected to kill his father’s murderer. Hamlet is assumed to be insane, which is very probable, for he is destined to kill a person. However, Hamlet is merely acting insane to deviate King Claudius from Hamlet’s true intentions. However, Hamlet does a lot more than kill King Hamlet’s murderer, Hamlet kills many people in the royal line. Hamlet’s inability to act upon any of his intentions, despite being obsessed with death, eventually leads to the death of Hamlet and the downfall of Denmark. During Shakespeare’s Hamlet, there were many cases where we see Hamlet failing to act upon his true intentions. Hamlet, however, does act in some regards. He keeps the “Ghost of King Hamlet a secret, he arranges for the play, and he kills Polonius ([mistaking him] for Claudius)” (Liang). Hamlet hesitates to act upon many aspects of the play. During Hamlet’s soliloquy, it is made known to the reader that Hamlet intends to take his life, for he ponders, “To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ‘tis be nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them” (Shakespeare 1714). Then, Hamlet retracts his wish to take his life, for there are many things that would weigh him down. If he were to take his life, it would be considered a Christian sin, sending Hamlet straight to Hell. Hamlet also
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