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Hamlet Shakespeares Hamlet revolves around the title characters undeniable obligation to immediately avenge his fathers murder Yet much time elapses before Hamlet slays his evil uncle leading to a fundamental question what causes the hero to delay before eventually managing to salvage retribution The answer lies within Hamlets fatal flaw His reoccurring state of impractical contemplation renders him incapable of any decisive action that could have brought about a mercurial revenge In Hamlet the question of how to act is affected not only by rational considerations such as the need for certainty but also by emotional ethical and psychological factors A student whose studies are interrupted by his fathers death Hamlet is extremely philosophical and contemplative He is particularly drawn to difficult questions or questions that cannot be answered with any certainty Faced with evidence that his uncle murdered his father evidence that any other character in a play would believe Hamlet becomes obsessed with proving his uncles guilt before trying to act The standard of beyond a reasonable doubt is simply unacceptable to him This obsession will prove the thorn of Hamlets master plan As the reader embarks on the first act The apparition of Hamlets father informs the prince of his duty If thou didst ever thy father loveRevenge his foul and most unnatural murderI iv 25 Hamlets worst fears of his uncle are confirmed The ghost also exhorts Hamlet to act quickly for his is Doomed for a certain term to walk the nightTill the foul crimes done in his days of nature are burnt and purged away I v 14 With these words the Ghost throws the play in motion for the rest of the story will be governed by Hamlets quest for this revenge With the message clear if the prince is to truly ease the suffering of his fathers spirit he must avenge the murder immediately Hamlet initially meets his challenge with zeal promising the Ghost he will produce
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