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The Effects of Indecision In Hamlet by William Shakespeare indecision corrupts many characters The most important Hamlet must revenge his fathers death but delays the act Hamlet is the root of all evil in the play though he is against evil more than most characters Hamlet dies because he postpones the killing of the king This act of indecision results in a brutal ending full of death and suffering Indecision affects not only the person who is indecisive but all of those who surround them Decisions not made may result as in the case of Hamlet as well as in todays world in disaster and death In times of crisis it is crucial that decisions be made quickly without delay One night Hamlet is visited by his fathers ghost This spirit tells Hamlet that Claudius is his fathers murderer Hamlet swears to revenge his fathers death upon hearing the news After the spirit leaves Hamlet doubts whether the ghost speaks the truth Upon leaving Hamlet says The time is out of joint Oh cursed spite That I was ever born to set it right Shakespeare Act 1 Scene 5 lines 215-216 This quote illustrates that Hamlet is upset that he must revenge his fathers death while questioning the ghosts integrity This is Hamlets first moment of indecision Hamlets second moment of indecision comes after the play Hamlet needs more evidence that Claudius is guilty of his fathers murder He then asks the players to perform a specific selection In this play a king is murdered by his brother as he sleeps much like the ghosts explanation If Claudius reacts emotionally to the play Hamlet will know Claudius is guilty The plays the thing that will catch the conscience of the king Shakespeare Act 2 Scene 2 Line 604 Claudius just as Hamlet presumed over reacts to the play He jumps at the killing of the king during the play and storms
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