What are all the parts in Hamlet where the theme of procrastination is displayed?
Procrastination is a significant theme in Hamlet. Hamlet's procrastinating (also called his "delay") is what sustains, dramatizes, and prolongs the plot of his revenge. Consider also that Hamlet delays or simply refuses to tell anyone of his plan and strategy; he essentially procrastinates telling anyone what he plans to do and why he behaves in a melancholy or crazy manner. Hamlet appeals to Horatio at the end of Act One, Scene Five, to ignore any odd behavior. Hamlet is determined to keep his revenge plot to himself.
Hamlet remarks to the ghost that he will focus all of his efforts on revenge ("I'll wipe away all trivial fond records, / All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past," (I.v.99-100). However, Hamlet begins to procrastinate and over-think things. Hamlet is frustrated with himself about this, and yet he continues to delay:
A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak
Like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my...
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