It really does not take Hamlet very long to avenge his father’s death. Hamlet is full of self-reproach, and there is some danger of the audience taking him at his own valuation as he castigates his own idleness. Perhaps the only action that really smacks of indecisiveness is his staging of an elaborate drama to force Claudius into betraying his guilt, when the ghost has already related all the circumstances of his murder in I.v. Having heard the ghost’s story, Hamlet seems very clear indeed that he believes it and that nothing in his life can be more important than recalling and following his father’s instructions.
Yea, from the table of my memory
I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,
All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past,
That youth and observation copied there;
And thy commandment all alone shall live
Within the book and volume of my brain,
Unmix'd with baser matter: yes, by heaven!
O most pernicious woman!
O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!
Aside from this vacillation to...
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