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Written by Stacie M.
(5/21/2003 1:36 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Hamlet's hesitancy, penned by Cheryl
] ] I think it makes Hamlet nobler and shows him to be a better human being that he does not act precipitously, that he ponders for so long about committing something so foul -- even to avenge his father.
] I agree. Killing should never be done lightly. (Though I know this is ironic when the play ends with five bodies strewn about the stage!) And as Hamlet says, how can he know the ghosts speaks the truth - that it is the ghost of his father and not a demon? He waits til he has the proof he needs before he acts. That's a good thing, I think. ;-)
I had trouble reconciling this noble trait with his rash, callous killing of Polonious. He didn't hesitate, or even think, but just attacked him without even knowing who it was behind the curtain - and doesn't really show any remorse afterward. How could Hamlet ponder on and on about the nature of life regarding killing Claudius, but just shrug at Polonious?
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