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The reluctant character Hamlet Prince of Denmark has become one of the most cited characters in history Throughout Shakespeares play Hamlet knows what he must do but avoids it in his mind The problem is why does hamlet delay in avenging his fathers death Hamlet is afraid He is afraid of failure Hamlet tries to play off his fear by blaming outside circumstances like doubting the existence of the ghost when he knows in his heart it is true and not having the right opportunity to exact revenge What it all boils down to is a belief in himself or lack of that is a lack of self confidence Hamlets excuse of doubting the ghost is displayed in his actions when they meet Be thou a spirit of health or a goblin damned bring with the airs from heaven of blasts from hell be thy intents wicked or charitable thou comst in such a questionable shape that I will speak to thee Ill call thee Hamlet King Father Royal Dane Act 1 Sc 4 ln 44-5051 Hamlets words here clearly illustrate how Hamlet acts confused but honestly knows the ghost is true Hamlet wants to doubt the existence of the ghost when he tells Horatio and the others Never make known what you have seen tonightAct 1 Sc 5 ln 16065 The mere fact that Hamlet hesitates to reveal that he has seen the ghost at all and swears Horatio and the other sentinels to secrecy shows his want to keep the proof of his fathers death secret When hamlet says If his occulted guilt do not itself unkennel in one speech it is a damned ghost that we have seen and my imaginations are as foul as Vulcans stithy Act 3 Sc 2 ln 85-89141 Hamlet here wants to believe the ghost is a demon and tries to persuade himself that it is Hamlet knows in his self it is real Hamlet knows
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