List three scenes or events which re-focus Hamlet's oath to kill Claudius.

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There are several scenes in which Hamlet's resolve to kill Claudius become renewed with vigor. The idea that he is to avenge his father's death is first upon Hamlet in Act One Scene Five when Hamlet personally meets the Ghost ( who supposedly is the ghost of his dead father) and he asks Hamlet to avenge his death. In Act 2 Scene 2 Hamlet meets with one of the traveling players and asks the man to deliver a speech. Hamlet is ashamed when he hears the passion with which this man speaks and recognizes the lack of passion in his own pursuit for revenge. In Act 3 Scene 2 Hamlet's resolve is strengthened when he directs the players to act out a scene similar to his father's murder. Hamlet knows for certain that the ghost was credible due to Claudius' reaction. In Act 3 Scene 3 Hamlet almost carries out his plot for revenge, but again his vigor to make the revenge fitting to the crime keeps him from committing the murder at this time because he believes that Claudius is praying and he does not want Claudius to have a chance at going to heaven so he vows to wait until it isn't possible for Claudius to beg forgiveness. In Act 4 Scene 4 Hamlet's revenge was beginning to fizzle and is revived when he sees Fortinbras marching to conquer a worthless region. He envies the prince's vigor and vow to make his own revenge a bloody one.