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In the Shakespearean play Hamlet the main character Hamlet delays killing Claudius his fathers murderer for a number of reasons His main reason is his unsure mind about the ghosts apparition then his pure mind of not sinning himself for killing him at prayer and lastly because he wants to catch Claudius at a time when he is killed he has no chance of going to heaven As the opening of the play Hamlet learns about his dead fathers murder Even though he shows anger and want of revenge in front of the ghost he is still unsure about it He has already been depressed and he can be just hallucinating He is not sure if that ghost is even his dead father it can just be an illusion Hamlet has no proof what the ghost is saying is true and for that he needs a witness After his meeting with the ghost In Hamlets soliloquy Now I am alone O what a rogue and peasant slave am I Is it not monstrous that this player here But in a fiction in a dream of passion Could force his soul so to his own conceit That from her working all his visage wannd Tears in his eyes distraction ins aspect A broken voice and his whole function suiting With forms to his conceit and all for nothing For Hecuba II ii 545-554 He shows his uncertain self about the ghosts appearance and everything he has learned from it He wants to be sure before he commits a sin Hamlet plans a play that will reenact Old Hamlets death to observe how Claudius reacts to it When Hamlet is more confident about his fathers murder he is ready to kill Claudius The second reason he delays killing Claudius is because he sees him praying As Hamlet approaches to kill Claudius he realizes Now might I do it pat now he is praying And now
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