Hamlet: Theories Of Hamlet's Delay In Killing Claudius



There are several theories about why Hamlet, the main character of Shakespeare's
masterpiece, Hamlet, delays in killing his Uncle, King Claudius. As the son of
a murdered noble, Hamlet is obligated to avenge the death of his father.
However, the act is never performed until the end of the play... quite some time
after Hamlet discovered Claudius was his father's killer. Some historians and
literary experts would say Hamlet's strong religious bonds prevented him from
performing the sinful deed. Others would have it that Hamlet was a melancholic
and therefore was too intellectual to kill his uncle. Infamous psychologist,
Sigmund Freud, felt Hamlet suffered from an Oedipal complex and ...

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Hamlet appears and tells his son Claudius killed him by
pouring poison in his ear, Hamlet does not act upon the word of the specter. He
takes time to think about what the apparition told him. He contemplates whether
it is a good ghost or a bad ghost. He plans things out; analyses situations.
When the actors came to town, Hamlet implores one of them, "Dost thou hear me
old friend? Can you play The Murder of Gonzago?" (88) The player agrees that
he can indeed perform the play. "We'll ha't tomorrow night. You could for a
need study a speech of some dozen or sixteen lines which I could set down and
insert in't, could you not." (88)

Here Hamlet has devised a scheme to discover whether his Uncle truly murdered
his father. The play which Hamlet wishes to be performed is one involving a
murder similar to that which the ghost described. "The play's the thing wherein
I'll catch the conscience of the King." (90) Hamlet 's famous quote means he
will study Claudius while the play ...

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