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Hamlets Procrastination and CowardiceIn William Shakespeares play Hamlet Hamlet is a loyal prince who vows to avenge his fathers murder When Hamlet discovers the painful truth about his fathers death he is left with feelings of hatred and resentment in his heart towards the murderer Claudius Although Hamlet is a very noble and sophisticated man he struggles with the issue of avenging his fathers death He swears his revenge will be quick however this is not the case Since Hamlet is more into philosophizing than action he thinks about his intention to kill Claudius The more he thinks about his intention the less he is able to execute it The tragic flaw that Hamlet possesses is his inability to act He vows that he is going to kill Claudius but backs out of it several times before the deed is actually done Hamlets first sign of procrastination and lack of action begins to show through his character at the very beginning of the play The ghost informs him about Claudius evil doings Hamlet is prompt by replying Haste me to knowt that I with wings as swift As meditation or the thoughts of love May sweep to my revenge Shakespeare p 67 This passage shows how Hamlet decides to avenge his fathers death In fact he declares that he will be committed to nothing else but the revenge against Claudius Ill wipe away all trivial fond records All saws of books all forms all pressures past That youth and observation copied there And thy commandment all alone shall live Within the book and volume of my brain Unmixd with baser matter yes by heaven Shakespeare p 69 At this point there is no doubt present in Hamlets mind he is determined to kill the King His attitude soon changes when he realizes that he is plotting to commit treason and the enormous burden that comes along with that He is
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