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Hamlets delay in seeking revenge directly correlates to the age in which the play was written along with the notion that Hamlet is brilliant but impatient these are the reasons for Hamlets procrastination His impatience leads to his death in the end In Elizabethan times a ghost was generally believed to be a devil that had assumed the form of a dead person These ghosts wanted to put into danger the souls of those nearest themselves through lies and other questionable behavior In Hamlet when the ghost first appears on the palace guards watch no one affirms that it is the spirit of Hamlets father only that it looks like him Hamlet waits to be convinced that the ghost is indeed the spirit of his late father When Hamlet decides to present The Murder of Gonzago before the king he states as his motive The spirit that I have seen May be the devil and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape yea and perhaps Abuses me to damn me However once he is convinced that the ghost is truly his father Hamlet still appears to hesitate Some critics have explained this by analyzing his situation Because the murder of the late king took place secretly the Danish court doesnt suspect Claudius His reaction to The Murder of Gonzago is significant only to Hamlet and Horatio and Hamlet cannot kill the king before publicly proving him a murderer as he is dying Hamlets main concern is that Denmark know his reasons for killing Claudius Also if Hamlet kills the king without supporters present to uphold the act he himself might be immediately killed as a regicide This shows is brilliance in the grand scheme of things When Hamlet rushes at the king in the last scene the whole court with one voice shouts Treason Treason although Laertes has already exposed Claudiuss bad character Like the Oedipus of Sophocles Hamlet is a
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