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The big question is Why does Hamlet take so long to get his revenge Is he delayed by traits in his character or by external obstacles that prevent him from acting sooner Explain which cause or causes are most important In Shakespeares Hamlet the protagonists ploy to murder his enemy is delayedconjointlyby traits in his character and by external obstacles Both factors are intertwined and operate thuslysuch is the case with any human ordeal when any kind of external conflict takes place an individual must as a rule of human nature react to this event according to his own convictions emotions and attitude In the case of Hamlet the inner workings of his mindwhile being shaped by the obstacles that he faces throughout the playtogether prevent him from carrying out his plan to murder Claudius In short both the obstacles and Hamlets personality which determines his responses to such conflicts contribute to the delay Cowardice is a trait in Hamlet that is revealed immediately after the rather frightening meeting with the ghost Addressing the dreadful duties laid out for him by the spirit Hamlet apprehensively says O cursed spite That ever I was born to set it right Iv189-90 Here Hamlet reacts to the ghosts calamity-ridden story and boisterous cries with open dread This indicates how his own human fears cause a delay in the plan for murder Even though Hamlet is ordered to complete an important duty ie murder as soon as possible dread prevents him from taking on the challenge with resolute immediacy Suspicion is also an inborn trait in Hamlet that encourages the murders delay Subsequent to the ghosts visitation Hamlet confronts the following questions Would it be more tactful to leap into a plot to murder Claudius or to wait and investigate the circumstances more thoroughly How reliable a source could this ghost possibly be More important was it even reallet alone be the spirit of his father Hamlet
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