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Hamlets inability to act on the revenge of his father The question of why Hamlet delays in taking revenge on Claudius for so long has puzzled readers and audience members alike I would like to prove that Shakespeare didnt have a delay in killing Claudius just for the sake of having a longer play I believe that he had a deeper meaning inside of it but it was only brought out due to the reasons of Shakespeares need to elongate his production I am going to show different reasons for Hamlets delay and the one I believe is most likely The first occurs immediately following Hamlets conversation with the Ghost in which he seems determined to fulfill the Ghosts wishes which has also brought up a good amount of controversy between Shakespearean readers and writers and swears his companions to secrecy about what has occurred that night But it seems as though the promises where unfulfilled because in the next appearance of Hamlet in the play reveals that he has not yet avenged his fathers murder So for all the worry he gave over avenging his fathers what kept him from waiting aside from a needy playwrite In scene two Act 2 Hamlet gives a possible reason for his hesitation The line says and I quote The spirit that I have seen May be a devil and the devil hath power T assume a pleasing shape 22594-596 With this doubt clouding his mind Hamlet seems completely unable to act This indecision is somewhat resolved in the form of the play Hamlet comes up with the idea of the play that is similar to the events retold by the ghost about his murder to prove Claudius as guilty or innocent Due to the kings reaction to the play Hamlet begins to believe that the Ghost was telling the truth the night of the apparition In
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