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This Essay Is About Hamlet.

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Sir Laurence Olivier said about the play Hamlet, "This is the story of a man who could not make up his mind." Hamlet continually postpones the request of his Father's Ghost to revenge his death so he can further attain knowledge about what he is doing. Hamlet's indecisiveness helps further advance the plot of the play. If he had killed his uncle the first time he had the chance, there would not have been a play.There are many factors and reasons why Hamlet does not act swiftly and decisively. He does not have sufficient proof to his liking. Next, Hamlet pretends to act insane so he can figure out why his friends from England have shown up. Acting crazy also seems to delay the process even more. But Hamlet is disgusted at himself for delaying so attempting to gather proof is just a way to buy more time. Then, Hamlet worries that killing the King would send him to heaven. Hamlet does not want his uncle to go to heaven even though his father never told Hamlet to make sure he does not go to heaven. Therefore, Hamlet further delays his plot for revenge. Lastly, Hamlet is so obsessed with his mother marrying so soon after her husband's death that it leads him astray from his father's goal. Hamlet not believing he has enough proof, pretending to act insane, wanting to send his father to purgatory, and his attitude towards his mother prove his inability to make the decision to kill his uncle.Hamlet seems to have to prove to himself that his uncle actually did murder his father. Hamlet has doubts but then always has a plan to further advance his belief that his uncle killed his father. Hamlet does not believe Horatio when he tells him that he saw his father's ghost in the tower. Hamlet states that he will "watch tonight" and hopes that the ghost will "walk again." Hamlet also says, "My father's spirit in arms? All is not well. I doubt some foul play. Would the night were come! Till then sit still, my soul. Foul deeds will rise, though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes" (1.2.252-55). After observing his father's spirit, Hamlet has players perform a play. The play is about how the present king murders the past king and how the queen of the deceased remarries quickly. Hamlet also asks the king and queen to watch the play. Hamlet says, "The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King" (2.2.561-62). Hamlet is going to watch the reaction of the king and decide whether the king performed the murders or if the ghost of his father was really just a hoax. If the king looked worried, that would prove his guilt, but if his uncle gives no reaction, the "...damned ghost that we have seen..." is a pigment of Hamlet's imagination (3.2.73). Furthermore, Hamlet is trying to stall some more while telling himself that he is actually trying to solve the mystery of his father's death when he says, Fie upon't! foh!...I'll have grounds more relative than this" (2.2.544-561).Hamlet's pretending to act insane is also a way to delay the process of...

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