William Shakespeare's Hamlet is a play which revolves around a scholarly prince, who is commanded by the ghostly figure of his father and prompted by "heaven and hell" to revenge his father's "foul and most unnatural murder." Hamlet, the Wittenberg intellect who is also the prince of Denmark, struggles throughout the play to "sweep" to his revenge and his failure to do so can be seen by many as representative of one of his flaws; his procrastination. Although he does succeed in seeking out justice and vengeance by killing Claudius, his delayed act of revenge comes at the cost of his life, and it can be easy to attribute the lengthy ...view middle of the document...
This low view of everyone else causes him to rashly attack them giving him an outlook of madness. Whether Hamlet is really mad or not is a largely debated topic, while he appears mad and talks in riddles to the other characters "I read words," his soliloquies are lucid inferring that his madness is a guise used to draw attention away from his plans.
There are many that attribute Hamlet's delay in enacting revenge to have caused the tragedy of Hamlet and therefore it is easy to make the connection that his delay in enacting revenge is directly related to his hesitant nature. The play of Hamlet alternatively suggests that Hamlet's reluctance to act is more attributed to his moral perspective on revenge and his initial doubts about the ghost leading him to plan the "Mousetrap" with which to "Catch the conscience of the king" and prove his guilt .
"Such spirits, Abuses me to damn me. I'll have grounds More relative than this."
His reasonable questioning of the ghosts credibility contributes to Hamlet's reluctance to act, as such Hamlet's initial procrastination can be seen as not being attributed to his hesitant nature.
Although there is no doubt that Hamlet does `procrastinate' after seeing first-hand Claudius' guilt, his delay in enacting revenge can be partially attributed to his preoccupation with his mother, and the play does not leave any indication that his procrastination is a flaw of his. Troubled by his mother's "O'erhasty marriage" from the beginning of the play, Hamlet condemns his mother for mourning less about her husband's death than a "beast who wanted discourse of reason," Hamlet's view that his mother was `pernicious' and a parasite is the reason behind his deep and overpowering anger at her apparent betrayal of his father's memory, culminating in his caustic rant at her mother in Act 3 "These words like daggers enter my ears. No more sweet hamlet." It can be seen that Hamlet cares more about his mothers betrayal of his father's memory than his father being murdered as even after proving beyond all doubt Claudius' guilt he procrastinates avenging his father, instead devoting his time scathing his mother. Hamlet's desire to purge the "black and grained spots" of his mother's soul, and represents another valid reason for Hamlet's `procrastination' of his vow to uphold his duty to his father.
Although it may be argued that Hamlet's self-criticism that he is "thinking too precisely on `th event" as evidence of Hamlet's flaws, the truth is Hamlet is man who values `thought over action' and Hamlet has valid reasons to be thinking "too precisely." Hamlet is shown by Shakespeare to be a man of high moral integrity, and his highly meditative nature enables him to be able to resist the impulses to sweep to his revenge. His disapproval of...