William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Weakness is an inadequate or defective quality in one's character that negates their strength that is often accentuated by an unsatisfactory situation. In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, a character's inability to overcome their weakness due to it being emphasized by their unfortunate circumstance results in their tragic downfall. This is illustrated through Hamlet's over thinking, Claudius's ambition, and Gertrude's naive persona.

Hamlet's character is one that is very thoughtful and conscious, however some view these qualities as procrastination and over thinking. Even Hamlet himself acknowledges this in his soliloquy when he states: "Why yet I live to say 'This thing's to do'/ Sith I have cause and will and strength and means/ To do't. Examples gross as earth exhort me/ "(4.4.46-48). Hamlet has all the motivation to strive for revenge with the untimely death of his father and his mother's incestuous and speedy marriage to Claudius, yet he still procrastinates the deed. Hamlet must overcome his constant over thinking of events and recognize in himself the strength and means to accomplish the required act. When Hamlet is finally presented the opportunity to get his revenge on Claudius, once again his feebleness arises as he talks himself out of killing him when he says: "But in our circumstance and course of thought,/ ‘Tis heavy with him: and am I then reveng’d./ To take him in the purging of his soul, / When he is fit and season’d for his passage?"(3.3.83-86).
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