Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all In order to determine if Claudius

Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all in order

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isn t telling the truth and he acts, he too will become a murderer. Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all. In order to determine if Claudius is truly guilty, Hamlet produces a play in which the plot is parallel to King Hamlet s murder. Hamlet asks his good friend, Horatio, to watch Claudius reaction to the play and to determine whether Claudius is guilty or not. By Claudius reaction, Hamlet could come to the conclusion that the ghost was telling the truth and Claudius did murder his father. By the time the player s came to Elsinore, it s been a while since Hamlet promised the ghost that he would take revenge. However, finding out the ghost was telling the truth didn t make Hamlet seek immediate revenge. He had to overcome other factors stopping him from seeking revenge. Hamlet heard the horrors of purgatory from his father s ghost and he is worried that if he commits. Claudius murder, he will have to go through the terrors of purgatory. He wants Claudius to have to go through purgatory, so when he gets the perfect opportunity to kill Claudius, he can t. Hamlet assumes when Claudius is kneeling in prayer, that he is repenting his sins. Hamlet stops himself from approaching Claudius when he remembers that Claudius killed old hamlet without giving the king an opportunity to confess his sins. To assure revenge, Hamlet decides to wait until he can catch his uncle in sin and unprepared for death. Throughout the play, Hamlet is shown to be unstable. His mind is full of thought of talking to his dead father, discovering incest, murder, and past adultery that he can t arrive at any logical resolution. He is unbalanced and cannot bring himself to act; he needs to get himself together first, before seeking revenge. Hamlet tells Horatio after he has been told about his father s murder, that he is going to put an antic disposition on to observe Claudius more easily behind the mask of madness. In this state, Hamlet gets wound up in grief that he really becomes emotionally disturbed and incapable of action. Hamlet is totally confused. If hamlet killed Claudius, Gertrude would be alone, as she is married to him, it would affect her as well. Although he is angry with his mother, he also doesn t want her to be by herself. He believes his mother betrayed his father by marrying Claudius so soon after his father s death. Hamlet is disgusted with his mother and condemns her for her sine. He is grief stricken to realize that his mother has committed adultery and now sleeping in incestuous
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sheets . However, Hamlet shows a bond with his mother and when she dies, by being poisoned, Hamlet now finally can seek his revenge on Claudius which he has been trying to do since the beginning of the play. This shows that he loved his father even though he was angry with the things she was doing. Let the door be locked. Treachery. Seek it out.
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