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Hamlet Man of Action orahA Man Not of Action When Hamlet receives his order for revenge from the ghost of his dead father he is shocked and outraged He vows to avenge his father by the death of Claudius However the following scenes do not show the undying dedication to the avengement of a father but the unproductive meandering of a man unsure a reluctant son When compared to the actions of Laertes and Fortinbras two other mean of power who lost their fathers the differences are clear Almost the first thing that Hamlet does after speaking to the tortured soul of his father is to seek out more proof Apparently for Hamlet the words of the actual victim of the murder from beyond the grave does not suffice the need for proof He sets up some weak plot to watch the reaction of his uncle when he sees a play that reflected the events of his fathers death After he becomes certain of his uncles guilt he still does not kill Claudius He starts to once but Claudius is praying and Hamlet decides to wait What follows in the next scenes are more and more instances of lack of action a lack of a plan by Hamlet He begins to act mad to try and convince everyone that he is in fact mad but how does this contribute to his efforts of avenging his father Why cant he just walk up to Claudius and stab him He doesnt instead he fools around with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern agrees to go to England with them He escapes and asks to be returned to Denmark which means that his entire trip to England was pointless because he just wants to turn around and go home anyway And when he does come back he enters in a duel with an infuriated Laertes a duel that he knew he would most likely die in He does end
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