Do you agree with Hamlet's reasoning here? why or why not?

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If by here, you mean the previous question of why he doesn't kill Claudius, I do agree with Hamlet if I look at it from his perspective. Even though the people reading or watching the play know that Claudius isn't really praying, Hamlet does not. If I were Hamlet and I saw Claudius' praying and it was my belief that killing someone in prayer sends them to heaven, I too would not kill Claudius. On the other hand, we know that Hamlet is having trouble killing Claudius, that he is procrastinating, so maybe this is just another excuse for him.

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