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WHY DOES HAMLET DELAY The reason is hes melancholic This state of mind is quite unnatural to him and induced by special circumstances The Schlegel-Coleridge theory states that Hamlets ability to act has been eaten up by thought Bradley states that Hamlets reflectiveness played a certain part in the production of the melancholy and was only a contributory cause of his irresolution to act Of course melancholy once established only induced more and more thinking so it is a symptom as well HAMLET WAS NOT NORMALLY INDISPOSED TO ACTION Nobody who knew him considered him a mere scholar who has never executed a deed In the court he was highly considered although he was deprived of the throne by his uncle He was the favorite of the people who have no inclination to love frail philosophers He was fond of fencing and practiced even in his darkest hours He must have usually been resolute and fearless how else would he have followed the ghost how would he have killed Polonius dealt with the kings commission boarded the pirate ship leapt into the grave executed his final vengeance WHAT DOES HAMLETS MELANCHOLY IMPLY He was inclined to nervous instability to mood-swings He was easily consumed and for a long time by moods whether joyous or depressed This meant melancholy to the Elizabethans and indeed the theory of temperaments was so familiar in Shakespeares time that he may have made Hamlet melancholy on purpose He gave to Hamlet a temperament which would not develop melancholy unless under certain exceptional circumstances HAMLET IS A DISILLUSIONED IDEALIST There is in Hamlet an unusually sensitivity to moral good and evil - in the broadest sense of the word moral He had the soul of the youthful poet an unbounded delight and faith in everything good and beautiful a heart thrilled with wonder and swelling into ecstasy at the sight of the world Where
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