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Indecisive is a bit of myth. Shakespeare goes to some length to show that procrastination or delay is a human trait not necessarily a particular trait of Hamlet alone. So, for example, you have in Act 2 Scene 2, the hyrcanian beast, Pyrrhus, who pauses as he is set to slaughter King Priam. Laertes is determined to kill Claudius to revenge his father. His wrath is calmed by Claudius. Laertes wants to cut Hamlet's throat in the church yard and yet in the graveyard, having gotten his fingers around Hamlet's throat, he does nothing. Rather, like Hamlet, Laertes wants to wait for a more opportune time. Claudius in Act 3 scene 1 has in quick determination set down to send Hamlet to England. Polonius gets him to wait till later. Hamlet actually doesn't leave until half way through Act 4. Perhaps if Polonius had not held things up he would not have gotten himself killed in Gertrude's closet. Laertes is set to depart for France, but stalls to lecture his sister to the point where Polonius reenters to hurry him along. Polonius has news for the king and queen as to the cause of Hamlet's lunacy. Claudius and Gertrude are keen to hear it, but, Polonius tells them to receive the ambassadors back from Norway first. Lucianus, nephew to Gonzago makes his entrance to poison his uncle. He stands there on stage making sinister faces of evil intent. Hamlet who is actually occupying center stage at that point, engaged in senseless banter with Ophelia, then yells at Lucianus, "begin murderer...leave thy damnable faces and begin." Sure, everyone has their reason's for delay and so does Hamlet. The play's focus is much more particular about the gap between having formed the resolution to act and actually carrying out the act itself.
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