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Hamlets Delay The question of why Hamlet delays in taking revenge on Claudius for so long has puzzled readers and audience members alike I would like to prove that Shakespeare didnt have a delay in killing Claudius just for the sake of having a longer play I believe that he had a deeper meaning inside of it I am going to show different reasons for Hamlets delay and my most probably one Immediately following Hamlets conversation with the Ghost he seems determined to fulfill the Ghosts wishes and swears his companions to secrecy about what has occurred The next appearance of Hamlet in the play reveals that he has not yet avenged his fathers murder In scene two Act 2 Hamlet gives a possible reason for his hesitation The spirit that I have seen May be a devil and the devil hath power T assume a pleasing shape 22594-596 With this doubt clouding his mind Hamlet seems completely unable to act This indecision is somewhat resolved in the form of the play Hamlet comes up with the idea of the play that is similar to the events retold by the ghost about his murder to prove Claudius as guilty or innocent Due to the kings reaction to the play Hamlet begins to believe that the Ghost was telling the truth the night of the apparition In Hamlets mind it is now his duty to avenge his fathers murder This is where the real problem of inaction enters the play Later that night Hamlet has a perfect opportunity to kill Claudius when he comes across the king kneeling in prayer He wonders if this is the time to kill him and get it over with but decides not to He claims that he does not want Claudius to go to heaven so he would rather
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