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Hamlet Thinking v Acting Riddled with doubt haunted by sorrow and sluggish in dealings of fate Hamlet chooses slow demise in the Shakespearean play rightly titled Hamlet His delay of revenge upon Claudius prompted William Hazlitt to write of Hamlet in 1817 His ruling passion is to think not act Indeed it is not for lack of instruction or opportunity that Hamlet fails in his mission The further he strays from his purpose the more muddied the story line becomes Hamlet thinks nonconfrontationally indirectly self protectively and justifies his inaction The action he finally is forced to take is sporadic and blindly compulsive a price for which he his friends and family must pay Although a man given every legitimate reason to assert public revenge for the murder of a brother father and king Hamlet chooses to react non-confrontationally A device Hamlet uses to avoid direct conversation with those in question around him is a veil of madness By acting thus to Ophelia and Polonius and later to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern his burden of discourse with the King and Queen is removed because others report in his place The perfect catalyst for his madness is Ophelias shuttering of her love and so she is the first to encounter his madness Lord Hamlet with his doublet all unbracedand with a look so piteous in purport as if he has been loosed out of hell to speak of horrors---he comes before me relays Ophelia to her father Shakespeare 21lines 88 92-94 Upon hearing his daughters confession Polonius declares I will go seek the Kingyou hath made him mad 113 123 And to the King he reports I have found the very cause of Hamlets lunacy which of course he claims is the lost love from his daughter 2251-52 Similarly Hamlet feigns madness for the daft duo of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern who report their meager findings to the King As further proof of his
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