Why Hamlet delays his revenge. ~Karma Sutra

Essay by arvinbahriHigh School, 12th grade January 2005

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Hamlet is a human being, and he is an emotional human being. He feels guilt, remorse and has responsibilities, yet at the same time he feels pride and a sense of duty. He is quick, in Act one, scene five to take on his role of avenger

"Haste me to know't, that I, with wings as swift As meditation or the thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge." Hamlet is passionate about his role and swears to "wipe away all trivial fond records" and to solely concentrate avenging is father's death. However he does seem concerned with his mother's betrayal

"O most pernicious woman!" This was not the key subject his father spoke of, yet Hamlet troubles himself with the thoughts of his mother's marriage to his uncle.

Hamlet jumps into his role without thinking, he idolized his father so much that he would do anything to make him happy, to be the perfect son.

However towards the end of the scene when his emotions are less fired up, Hamlets thoughts about his role relent and start to become less positive and self assured, "The time is out of joint. O cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right!" Although he feels it's his duty, he says 'cursed spite' he is resentful of his apparent fate, and he may be seeing this revenge act as an awesome and problematic task. Hamlet is a man of philosophy rather than heroic action, he thinks deeply about his feelings and actions, which he sees as a fault, 'think too precisely on the event.' Hamlet seems to be a very aware person, he is conscious of his procrastination and accuses himself of being a 'John-a-dreams' in act two scene two after he has heard the players speak. Hamlets...