"Give me that man that is not passion's slave." Hamlet's downfall is not due to excessive passion, but thinking too much. Do you agree?

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Hamlet's flaw is that he has a hard time carrying out his plans; he does not have the raw passion that enraged Laertes (). Hamlet took time to think about his actions and the consequences for his plans, many times did he think of doing them, yet he did not carry out them out. Hamlet was not a forgetful, evil character, but more of a tragic hero.

The beginning of the play sets out the story and the Ghost of Hamlet's late father reveals the truth about his murder to his son. He tells Hamlet to avenge his death. Hamlet's response seems like he has quick plans to carry out his fathers wishing, by saying "Haste me to know't that I with winds as swift... May sweep to my revenge." (I v 33-5)

Unfortunately, Hamlet's inability to act on his father's extortion has him reluctant to kill the King Claudius by the end of that very scene, when he says, "This time is out of joint, O cursed spite - that I was ever born to set it right."

(I v 206-7) Here, Hamlet is already having doubts and wishing that he wasn't the one that had to carry out the revenge for his father. Obviously Hamlet has real problems when it comes down to dealing with things.

As the play goes on, Hamlet still has not done a thing to avenge his father. In Act II, Scene 2, Hamlet decides that before he can avenge his father's death, he must make sure that the Ghost was telling the truth. This simply gives Hamlet more excuse to procrastinate. Hamlets play is a parody of the way Claudius killed the previous king and took his wife. When the play is seen by Claudius, Claudius becomes outraged and ends the play. Hamlet...