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If the main question of the play is why Hamlet doesnt kill Claudius at once upon hearing the ghosts accusation The easiest answer is that if Hamlet had done so the play would have ended in Act I And then Hamlet Prince of Denmark would be a tragedy of plot writing skills If we must find ourselves looking for an answer to the central theme a long analytical expedition is in order In his 1904 work Shakespearean Tragedy A C Bradley describes Hamlet as a play which includes eight violent deaths adultery a ghost a mad woman and a fight in a grave Here are all the ingredients of a horror story Bradley then asks the question But why in the world did not Hamlet obey the ghost at once and so save seven of those eight lives The answer to this question lies not in the fact that had Hamlet done so the play would have ended in the first act The answer lies in the character of Hamlet Precisely what is it that delays Hamlet from acting on his fathers ghosts command Lets look at some typical views Is it the fact that at that moment Claudius is surrounded by courtiers and his Swiss guard No for throughout the play Hamlet never refers to any external trouble in drawing near and killing Claudius Hamlet states in Act IV scene 4 that he has cause and will and strength and means To dot Does Hamlet want to bring Claudius to civil justice Again no Hamlet organizes the play within the play not to persuade others of Claudiuss guilt but to convince himself if a do blench I know my course Act II scene 2 Throughout the play Hamlet never talks of public justice He talks instead of violent death To quit him with this arm Act 5 scene 2 Hamlets mission and his purpose is to kill his uncle not to bring
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