Hamlet – action and inaction

1. foreshadowing used early in the play through … ghost who tells Hamlet to “revenge his most foul and unnatural murder
2. hamlets humanistic values clash with his apparent motivations to act, … justifying his inaction with the metaphor, “am i then revenged, to take him in the purging of his soul when he is fit and seasoned for passage? no”
3. use of a pause before he answers his question puts … emphasis on the wrong he sees in revenging Claudius as he prays, thus sending him to heaven.
4. hamlets in action further displayed through the metatheatre … where he hopes to “catch the conscious of the king”
5. however, hamlet is hesitant to … act on impulse alone, exemplified through a hyperbolic exaggeration, questioning “whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings of outrageous fortune, or to take arms into a sea of troubles”
6. hamlet, a man of humanistic values a meticulous though process is juxtaposed with … Laertes in his aggressive and urgent manner.
7. despite hamlets inaction, Laertes is the most prevalent figure of action … exemplified through his blunt, high modality language, talking about his plan to cut [hamlets] throat i’th’ church, reiterating, “i will do’t”
8. this persistence … contrasted with hamlets reasoning and stalling nature juxtaposes action and inaction

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