William Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet '

1116 Words Nov 25th, 2015 5 Pages
Teresa Fang
Professor Moore
Humanities 310
28 October 2015
To Seek Revenge or to Wait? Hamlet is a very enigmatic fellow. In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the theme of revenge is presented as a controversial one. Before the play was set, Prince Hamlet’s uncle and new stepfather, King Claudius, had taken part in the assassination of his brother, old King Hamlet. Old King Hamlet died without a chance to receive forgiveness for his sins. As a result, his spirit is condemned to walk the earth at night and spend the day in purgatory until his sins are finally purged. Perhaps the single most interesting and debatable question about Prince Hamlet is “why does it take so long for him to get his revenge?” Among all of the opinions, assumptions, and criticisms about him, Hamlet is ultimately known to be a procrastinator, for a variety of reasons. Challenged with the arduous task of seeking revenge against Claudius for killing his father, Hamlet delays this act because of his fear of uncertainty, love for his mother, determination to obtain justice, and personal traits of which he possesses. Hamlet delayed in seeking revenge for his father because he wanted to be absolutely sure that Claudius did indeed kill his father. He thinks too incessantly about the situation, becoming paralyzed by his own uncertainty. After the Ghost tells Hamlet to “revenge [Claudius]’s foul and most unnatural murder” (Act I, Scene 5, Line 25), Hamlet seeks authenticity of the information the…

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