Hamlet's Character


In Hamlet's speech in act three, scene three Hamlet discloses many
facets of his character to us, aspects that we have thus far only been able
to see as fragments in other speeches. He reveals himself to be an over-
analytical man who often procrastinates. He also shows that he does not
really want to kill Claudius but feels compelled to out of a sense of duty
to his dead father. Hamlet demonstrates his over-analytical nature in line
seventy-three of the speech when he says "That would be scann'd:", meaning
that he should examine his situation more closely. Instead of simply
killing Claudius while he had the chance he over-analyses and eventually
decides to postpone Claudius' murder, ...

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conversational topics and situations in which action must be taken. An
example of his over-analytical nature is apparent in his speech in act one,
scene four, line 13. He begins his speech quite normally, replying with a
simple answer to Horatio's inquiry but then his thoughts begin to wander
and he starts to analyze and philosophize about topics unrelated to
Horatio's question. Another trait of Hamlet is the way he procrastinates.
For example, in act two, scene two, line 603 he convinces himself that his
plan to add sixteen lines to the play and watch Claudius' reaction, rather
than completing his task, is the best plan of action. Although in the end
he postpones the murder of Claudius, beginning on line 570 he acknowledges
his lack of action. This also shows that Hamlet does not really want to
kill the king and that he will go to great lengths to postpone his duty. In
fact, Hamlet reveals to us about his unwillingness to kill Claudius early
in the play. In act one, ...

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