The most obvious place where hamlet hesitates to kill claudius comes in act 3, scene 3, where claudius is alone, defenseless, kneeling at prayer, and unaware of hamlet's presence hamlet actually. So yet again, hamlet comes up with another reason for hesitation and talks himself out of killing claudius hamlet decides that he needs more proof that claudius killed his father so he devises the plan to have the play and judge claudius' guilt based upon his reaction to the performance. Why does hamlet wait so long to kill claudius what are the reasons for his hesitation how valid are they how many times does he have the opportunity to attack. The first time it is because of his doubts and the second because his uncle is praying and if hamlet were to kill his uncle then, he would go to heaven and hamlet wants his uncle to go to hell 2 hamlet claims that his madness is feigned, an antic disposition which he puts on for his own purposes (iv172.
There are a slew of potential reasons, not necessarily valid reasons, as to why hamlet hesitates to execute the murder of claudius in addition to the ones above, the prince's delay could be due to his craving to play with the king as a cat plays with a mouse (wilson176. Why does he hesitate to act after promising his father's ghost that he will avenge his murder compare/contrast the protagonist's decisiveness and will to act in macbeth 2) note the various familial relationships in hamlet. One reason hamlet takes so long may be that the opportunity has not yet arisen for him to kill claudius before the scene in act iiiiii when claudius seems to be praying at that point, hamlet refuses to kill claudius because claudius's prayer will win him forgiveness, and hamlet wants him to have a worthy punishment for his father's murder. Why is it taking hamlet so long to exact his revenge on claudius he wrestles with himself over his inability to perform these deeds and searches for his reasons to why he is acting the way he is there are many reasons for us o hesitate before we do things that are in the gray area of life.
Critics have debated for centuries why hamlet does not immediately leap to his revenge and kill his murderous despite his superior mind and that because of our basically sinful natureabsolution from sin and thus achieve salvation who slew the king of norway in single combat. This article is within the scope of wikiproject shakespeare, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of william shakespeare on wikipedia if you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks. Him waiting so long to kill his uncle so that he could make him guilty could drive claudius to insanity himself after all, claudius did not know what hamlet's plan was and with all of that worrying, it could drive claudius insane.
Hamlet kill king fortinbras, he seized his lands, which should have been inherited by his son, young fortinbras we also learn that young fortinbras has raised an army of. So therefore, hamlet chooses not to kill claudius because he wants to wait for him to sin again and kill him before he has a chance to return yet again to the chapel to ask for mercy on his soul that does not necessarily mean that religion plays a large role in his life. Eventually hamlet resolves to kill claudius, but ends up murdering polonius by accident, after which claudius has hamlet banished to england, and secretly conspires to have the english kill him polonius' death leads his son, laertes (richard cannaday), to attempt to overthrow claudius in revenge, but laertes partners with him when claudius. Hamlet is a tragic tale, which is about hamlet losing his noble father who was killed by his evil, cold-blooded uncle claudius he then married hamlet's mother, gertrude, his sister-in-law, straight after the late king's death.
His reasons for killing claudius change as well, and when he gets the perfect opportunity to avenge his father he decides to wait, and do it at some other, more opportune time the real reason, as ernest jones writes, is that hamlet has deep, repressed, feelings about killing the man who replaced his father. Hamlet's reasons for hesitation: wants to be sure the ghost is actually that of his late father and not the devil in disguise wants to prove beyond doubt that claudius was the murderer via the mousetrap play. Look for an opportunity to engage in a discussion on a topic on which you think you can shed some light and do so refer to specific passages in the text by citing act, scene, and line numbers (eg, 31 22-23 for act 3, scene 1, lines 22 and 23.
Why did hamlet take so long to finally kill claudius many philosophers have dappled into shakespeare's most controversial book some looking for answers, and trying to find a deeper understanding as to why hamlet has hesitation towards the murder of claudius. Hamlet tells rosencrantz and guildenstern that he does not know why he feels so despondent, but this is a lie: he knows very well that he is struggling with the knowledge that claudius killed his father, and the fact that he must avenge him by killing claudius. I never quite understood this: hamlet is the king's son, so presumably, when the old king died, hamlet should have inherited the throne, become the next king instead of his uncle, and short-circuited the entire plot right there. While the king is attempting to pray, hamlet has the perfect opportunity to kill claudius and the situation is so private that hamlet might even avoid the blame for killing his uncle this leads to two of the weakest plot elements in the play.