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In Shakespears Hamlet the reader gets to know what has been called the two Hamlets in the play the first who is considered to be the sensitive intellectual who is able to express himself through poetry and who comes across as being dedicated to truth The other barbaric side of Hamlet who treats Ophelia so cruelly with no empathy slays Polonius and speaks of dragging his guts into another room and who sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to their deaths without any remorse However most interpreters of Hamlet see him as a tragic hero with a clear and sacred obligation to kill Claudius but due to his being a victim of great external difficulties is unable to do so right away Shakespeare purposely makes Hamlet out to be a procrastinator for one very important reason if Hamlet would have quickly pursued this revenge Gertrude Polonius Ophelia Rosencrantz Guildenstern Laertes and of course Hamlet himself would have survived and Shakespeare would not have achieved tragedy in this play There are many explanations for Hamlets long delay some of which include the physical act of being unable to commit the murder and what held him back the fear of what would happen the moral dilemma of taking the life of his uncle his disbelief in the ghost and his fascination with death The most important reason being that which physically held him back from committing the act If Hamlet were to carry out what the Ghost told him and carried out immediate revenge how would Hamlet have been able to convince the people that he justifiably executed an act of revenge Another reason Hamlet procrastinates is that his psychological feelings confuse his ability to confront his destiny Hamlets dilemma has little to do with what decisions he should take but rather whether he will be able to make any decisions at all Perhaps due to his excessive melancholy Hamlet became morally weakened and therefor lost his desire for
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