Hamlet Indecisive paperI'm writing a paper on Hamlet being indecisive and I've got the examles of Him not actually knowing if his uncle is guilty, that he second guesses the ghost and through the...

Hamlet Indecisive paper

I'm writing a paper on Hamlet being indecisive and I've got the examles of Him not actually knowing if his uncle is guilty, that he second guesses the ghost and through the paper I remind the reader that Hamlet is an intillect and so forth. I have about 950 words and I need to get to 2000, does anyone have any more ideas that I could use as an example? 

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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The "To be or not to be" soliloquy is a potential example for your paper. The speech opens with a question, or more specifically, a decision that must be made by all men. Hamlet is struggling with the decision to act or not act against Claudius, and he reasons out why it is that men don't act. This speech is a very important insight into Hamlet intellect and his wavering before he concludes that that the lack of action comes because "conscience makes cowards of us all." 

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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You could also use his relationships with the other characters as another example of his indecision.  He is so wishy-washy with Ophelia, the poor girl probably got whip-lash.  You could use their racy (on Hamlet's side) conversation during the play.  Hamlet goes back and forth between hot and cold so much that it is no wonder the poor girl went insane. 

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shake99 | Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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The scene in which Hamlet comes upon his uncle praying alone is a good example. This is the best chance he has to kill Claudius, and he doesn't take it. He says that he doesn't kill him because he doesn't want him to die in prayer and therefore go to heaven. Is that really true or is he just looking for an excuse?

This happens in Act 3 Scene 3

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rienzi | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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The first opportunity Hamlet had to kill the king was right after the play-within-the-play. Hamlet was so eager to test the Ghost's word that when it is confirmed (in Hamlet's mind anyway) he goes off off the rails with excitement. He was so caught up in catching the king that when he did, he did nothing (like Pyrrhus' pause). First he spouts some mindless drivel about theater then asks for the recorders. He then engages R&G in some verbal fencing. They even tell him where the king is and that he is "distempered." This may be a good time to sneak in to "his retirement" and kill him. No, Hamlet allows himself to be further distracted to visit his mother.  First by R&G then by Polonius. Only when he is off to see his mother does he happen on to Claudiius trying to pray.

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smuhich2 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

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I've actually got that in there already, I guess I should have been more specific! 

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