Hamlet Essay

Hamlet Essay - Kyle Eng Many see Hamlet as a wimp, a person...

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Kyle Eng Many see Hamlet as a wimp, a person who’s afraid of taking action. I disagree. Hamlet is a wimp, but not in the sense that we are used to using the term in. While Hamlet chooses to wait in certain situations, it is not without reason. In this sense, And for this reason, Hamlet would make a great king. There is much more to Hamlet than is perceived to be. Hamlet is not a wimp in the sense that he is afraid of taking action; he merely thinks of the consequences. Truly, Hamlet’s action is not to act. For example, Hamlet chooses not to trust the ghost right away as he thinks about the consequences, as shown in this quote: “. . . The spirit that I have seen May be a devil, and the devil hath power T' assume a pleasing shape, yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness and my melancholy, As he is very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me. I'll have grounds More relative than this. The play's the thing Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.” (II.ii.560-567)
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