Which scenes in the play "Hamlet" show his indecisive behaviour?Indecisive behaviour of Hamlet is reflected as he was not able to decide whether to take vengeance for his father's death or not; he...

Which scenes in the play "Hamlet" show his indecisive behaviour?

Indecisive behaviour of Hamlet is reflected as he was not able to decide whether to take vengeance for his father's death or not; he always took a backseat and contemplated a lot. With what more evidences this behaviour of Hamlet can be proved?

 

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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In Hamlet's most memorable soliloquy, he questions whether it is to be or not to be:

To be, or not to be, that is the question.
Is it nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to fight against a sea of troubles,
And end them by fighting?

Clearly, Hamlet is troubled. He has a major question. Is it to be or not to be? Specifically, he questions whether it is more noble to suffer in his mind or to fight. Should he continue suffering in his mind or should he fight Claudius? Truly, Hamlet is in a divided state of mind. He is not sure which is more noble. The fact that he is concerned with which action is more noble is representative of a man who desires to do the right thing.

No doubt, Hamlet desires to make the right choice. He is indecisive for a good reason. He desires to commit the more noble action. Should he just continue suffering in his mind? Is this more noble than fighting Claudius? These are questions that Hamlet has to answer within himself.

Whether or not it is more noble to fight is a question that can only be answered by the end of the play. Hamlet has no choice but to fight. He is set up by his Uncle Claudius. Hamlet becomes decisive very quickly when he realizes that his Uncle Claudius has planned to murder him. There is no more indecisiveness. When Hamlet realizes that his Uncle has planned to poison him, he no longer has indecisiveness. He retaliates. He makes a decision to kill Claudius who has caused the death of his father and mother. Hamlet is decisive when he actually has to be.


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