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Hamlet and His Delay in Seeking Revenge against ClaudiusIn William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, King Hamlet was once a powerful king in Denmark and was murdered by his brother, Claudius. When King Hamlet died, the kingdom of Denmark hailed the new king, and that was King Claudius. The real reason King Claudius kill King Hamlet because King Claudius wants the throne from King Hamlet to become a king. After Claudius replaces Hamlet as the king in Denmark, King Claudius got married with Queen Gertrude, who was the Queen of Denmark and the widow of the former King. Prince Hamlet, thePrince of Denmark and the son of the late king and Queen Gertrude, was really angry to the man who killed his father, who inherited the throne and the man who married his mother. Prince Hamlet was really mad at his uncle, King Claudius, because of his betrayal. Prince Hamlet was mourning throughout the story of his father’s death as he speaks, “The King doth wake tonight and takes his rouse, keeps wassail, and the swagg’ring upspring reels; and as he drains his drafts of Rhenish down, the kettledrum and trumpet thus bray out, the triumph of his pledge” (Shakespeare 25). Thus, Prince Hamlet was planning to kill King Claudius as the sign to seek revenge against him and his revenge got delayed because of different factors such as Prince Hamlet’s uncertainty about the appearance of the ghost, Prince Hamlet’s depression because of his father’s death, and Prince Hamlet’s respect to King Claudius as the husband of his mother. To begin with, the story starts when a ghost appeared in the castle and spoke to Prince Hamlet. The ghost pretends to be his father, King Hamlet, who was the former King of Denmark.King Hamlet said to his son, “Revenge Claudius’ foul and most unnatural murder” (Shakespeare 30). This means that he told his own son that Prince Hamlet should kill King Claudius as a sign to seek revenge of King Hamlet’s tragic death.
Prince Hamlet was totally shocked of the appearance of his father’s ghost. He was more shocked of the revelation that the murderer was his uncle as he screamed, “Oh, my prophetic soul! My uncle!” (Shakespeare 30). After the conversation, Prince Hamlet doubted about the identity of the ghost and was unsure if it was really his father. He will not kill King Claudius until he was sure that the ghost was his father. Prince Hamlet realizes if the ghost was either lying or telling the truth, Prince Hamlet will become a murderer if he kills King Claudius. Prince Hamlet knows there are many consequences if he will revenge King Claudius because killing a king is a major crime. Horatio, Prince Hamlet’s friend and fellow student, told him that the ghost who spoke to him was a real ghost. It must be the ghost of King Hamlet.