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Something was definitely rotten in the state of Denmark the king was dead of a murder most foul a betrayal from his own brother and young Hamlet was thrown out of the frying pan which was his fathers passing and into the fire of revenge One would think that an act of revenge such as this retribution from an enraged son over the unjust murder of his father would come about quickly wildly and brutally driven by anger and by rage This was simply not the case in Shakespeares Hamlet as the young prince unexpectedly drew out his plans for revenge over a rather large amount of time due to his own apparent weakness inaction Hamlet was full of grand ideas and intentions but he failed to act and to carry out the deed that was his revenge the destruction of Claudius Why did Hamlet choose and it was a choice not to take revenge on Claudius quickly and decisively Hamlet had his own reasons for inaction the strategy that he felt best suited his revenge Hamlet was undoubtedly an incredible intellectual and throughout the play it seemed as though the thoughts of his mind came too quickly for the actions of his body to keep up with This intellectual quality provided a roadblock for Hamlets taking a quick revenge on Claudius Nearly all of Hamlets actions with the exception of his outburst at Ophelias grave were preplanned and precisely calculated His inborn thought process prolonged his revenge and while Hamlet may have appeared listless with inaction the wheels in his mind never stopped turning Hamlet questioned everything including the validity of his own fathers ghost He even questioned his best friends For example Horatio states he to has seen the ghost of the king My lord I think I saw him yester-nightHamletSaw who12 188-189 This questioning slowed down Hamlets ability to take action The young prince may have thought too much for his
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