Hamlet Good vs Evil Essay

1284 Words May 8th, 2008 6 Pages
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”
-William Shakespeare
Good VS. Evil Why Does Hamlet delay so long in achieving his revenge- what is really stopping him? There is an inner battle inside Hamlet that no one knows about, good versus evil, stuck between both worlds. Hamlet is the only one who can decided which world to want to be apart of. Hamlet, the story, reveals that the individual can only find meaning by looking inward and living according to his or her own beliefs and including values. Being and thinking independently is the key to purpose and inner peace. Unfortunately most human beings fail to find this inner peace because of the need conform to the group and act according to the desire of others. Why does is
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Hamlet discovers Claudius’ guilt but has no proof to give to the people. When Hamlet sees Claudius praying he still can’t prove his guilt. Hamlet's delay came from a disagreement between action and awareness that made him see both sides of every issue. Another reason why Hamlet doesn’t kill him then is because Claudius is praying. It is Hamlet’s beliefs that if he kills Claudius while he is praying he might go to heaven. This makes the last lines of that scene so paradoxical. Hamlet realized that to do what was right in his father’s eyes, he must kill Claudius, but he knew that there would be consequences for this action For example, in Act III, scene III, Hamlet had the opportunity to kill Claudius, but he believed that Claudius was praying. After Hamlet has left, Claudius says, “My words fly up, my thoughts, remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go”( 97-99). Claudius doesn’t think that God can hear him. So if Hamlet would’ve killed Claudius, he still would have gone to hell. Thinking this, Hamlet decided to wait until the king was doing something bad, so that Claudius would go to hell. Hamlet’s procrastination led to his downfall and death, as well as the deaths of others. If Hamlet had believed his father’s ghost when he told him that Claudius had murdered him and acted on his revenge instantly, Hamlet would have been able to catch

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