Discord and Fear in in Hamlet Essay

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It is clear that Hamlet is not a perfect character. His struggle to avenge his fathers death with a lack of physical confidence and uncertainty creates more problems than it does resolution. As Hamlet becomes more uncertain and unable to avenge his father’s death, his emotional saturation and lack of physical confidence propels himself and other characters further into discord and tragedy. However, by the time Hamlet undergoes mental transformation and equalizes the imbalance between physical confidence and emotional saturation, the characters have already began their final fall into a resolution of death. Hamlet’s imbalance in physical confidence and emotion acts as a catalyst for the plot. Hamlet’s lack in physical confidence is caused …show more content…
The death of his father and Ophelia’s importance to Hamlet proves to much for him to act upon. Hamlet says to himself “I, a dull and muddy-mettled rascal. . . can say nothing, no not for a king Upon whose property and most dear life A damned defeat was made” (2.2.593). Hamlet recognizes this imbalance, but lacking an epiphany or mental transformation he is left to emphasize on and act in imbalance. His imbalance in decision making allows the plot to further develop, rather than avenging his father, or being resolved. Hamlet furthers plot development through indirect actions by planning to watch Claudius’ reaction to The Mouse Trap. Hamlet plans The Mouse Trap because he is unconfident to act on his intuition. Hamlet sees this a a way to confirm the validity of the ghost’s information without physically asking Claudius. “The play’s the thing Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king” (2.2.633). The Mouse Trap becomes a corner stone in the rising action of the plot. Claudius is already suspicious of Hamlet’s behavior before The Mouse Trap is performed, which is why he summons Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet’s childhood friends to investigate. “The need we have to use you did provoke Our hasty sending. Something have your heard of Hamlet’s transformation. . . More than his father’s death” (2.2.4). Rosencrantz and Guildenstern prove of no use, as Hamlet is hesitant in telling them about his father’s tragic ending. However, The Mouse Trap proves useful to Claudius

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