Hamlet's Delay

Hamlet's Delay - Pries 1 Matthias Pries November 3rd, 2008...

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Pries 1 Matthias Pries November 3 rd , 2008 Chuck Krueger Hamlet’s Delay Hamlet’s procrastination comes for many reasons. Hamlet is arrogant, selfish, and thinks only of himself. His subconscious intellect keeps providing him with reasons not to kill his uncle. Hamlet should have taken Claudius’ advice when he said, “That we should do/we should do when we would: for this ‘would’ changes” (IV.VII 118). He should take counsel of the man he will kill because Claudius is saying when you have a job to do. Do it now. The cause of Hamlet’s delay is his over analyzing and arrogance. He thinks about the act of killing Claudius and is obsessed with it. As Bradley puts it, Hamlet’s delay was the regular reaction of an “over speculative nature” that was faced with a difficult task (207). Hamlet is arrogant. He thinks he’s superior to the others. He believes he has control over things that are out of his grasp. “Hamlet’s tragedy is that he is wrong about his ability to fix the boundaries of life and death” (O’Toole 57). Hamlet is a selfish character. While he should be saving his father from the
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