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Hamlets Hesitation is Justified In William Shakespeares Hamlet Hamlet is commanded by his fathers ghost to avenge his murder at the hands of his uncle Claudius Hamlet does not act immediately to get his revenge even when he is presented the perfect opportunity to do so Throughout the play it is demonstrated that the young princes hesitation is reasonable He doubts the story that the ghost has told him and he wants to discover the truth before he acts He is not a man of action and it is in the nature of his character that he hesitates Moreover he wants to get a perfect revenge so that Claudius will be truly punished In the play Hamlets hesitation is justified because his morality prevents him from doing evil his intellect causes him to think before acting and his practical nature leads him to plan for a perfect revenge Hamlet is a morally good person who does not want to become evil which justifies his hesitation When the ghost first commands him to get his revenge on Claudius he does not act immediately because he does not trust the ghost completely Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damnd 1 4 40 He cannot allow himself to act immorally He wants to first make sure that Claudius really murdered his father Hamlet goes to elaborate lengths to see if the king is guilty The young prince arranges to observe Claudius reaction to the play that he organized and determine from this his guilt or innocence Ill observe his looks Ill tent him to the quick if he but blench I know my course The spirit that I have seen May be the devil and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape yea and perhaps Out of my weakness and my melancholy As he is very potent with such spirits Abuses me to damn me Ill have grounds More relative than this
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