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The story of Hamlet is set in Denmark during the Elizabethan age One of the perplexing questions in Shakespeares Hamlet is why does Hamlet hesitate in the killing of his uncle Claudius To answer this question one must look deep into the Price of Denmarks hamartia or fatal flaw is not only the inability to kill his uncle but his treatment of Ophelia his madness real or feigned and a mountain of other questions that arise due to his actions Hamlet hesitates due to a sundry of reasons that must be examined to fully understand Hamlets hesitation One reason would be Hamlets understanding the importance of human life Hamlet has been going to school his whole life he is a full-time student even at the age of thirty Throughout the play Hamlet questions life and death and to let live or take life away In one of Hamlets famous soliloquies he touches on these issues To be or not to be that is the question whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troublesShakespeare Act3 Scene1 To live or to die a very deep thought which he analyzes in the soliloquy Hamlet also states that he would have no trouble killing himself if it wasnt for God being against suicide He acknowledges and accepts the views that preached through the Bible and realizes to God the importance of life is high So to take away life from someone he must be totally sure he is justified and thus hesitates often in the process of killing Claudius In the graveyard scene the issue of death rears its face again when he sees the skull of his old friend Yorick Alas poor Yorick I knew him Horatio a fellow of infinite jest of most excellent fancy He hoth bore me on his back a thousand times and now-how abhorred in my imagination
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