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What are some examples of when Hamlet can be seen as one who is indecisive and fails to...

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tjstuart21 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 30, 2009 at 2:36 AM via web

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What are some examples of when Hamlet can be seen as one who is indecisive and fails to act appropriately?

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jseligmann | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted October 2, 2009 at 10:41 AM (Answer #1)

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Actually, I don't think Hamlet ever fails to act appropriately. That's his problem, really. Even in the example supplied here by jagtig, Hamlet does not then and there kill Claudius because he wants to kill him perfectly, in the fullness of his guilt. There is no way for Hamlet to have known that Claudius couldn't pray.

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jagtig | Salutatorian

Posted September 30, 2009 at 3:32 AM (Answer #2)

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The main place where he is indecisive is when he overhears his uncle confessing his crime in his prayers. Then he says that he shouldn't slay him at that time because he'll go to heaven if he does. That is the result of an old belief that no matter how bad you were, if you were killed while praying, you would automatically go to heaven.


or III,iii,36

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