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Hamlets Character In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare Hamlets character is one marked by strength of will but mostly by refinement of thought and sentiment The character of Hamlet has one main goal and this is to avenge his fathers death This his core obligation sometimes clashes with his thoughtfulness and sentimental side This very issue creates what is the main conflict of in this play In the play it is seen that Hamlets ruling passion is to think He seems almost incapable of deliberate action and is frequently put into positions where he performs rash acts In one instance where he has no time to recollect he acts rashly by killing Polonious In this instance his train of thought did not interrupt his actions He also does this in the situation of the fraudulent letter where he seems almost entranced when he is switching the letters In other situations he is definitely under no entrancement He ponders these situations with great deliberateness and with a semi-unconscious effort This ironically occurs when he is most bound to act When he falls into a relapse he is forced to ponder over whether or not he should kill the King right then and there After an extensive plan to kill he was sidetracked by the fact that the King is in prayer His deliberation in this case can be seen as evil because it allows him to plan an even more horrific death for the King His diversion by these petty or minuscule things is in fact a major contributor to the flaw of his character Because of his unique character any vague pretext that flatters his propensity instantly diverts him from his purpose and this in itself is a major portion of what his character flaw is But his thoughtfulness could also be considered his saving grace as he is diverted into different paths In actuality it really doesnt matter
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