Hamlet’s revenge is delayed throughout the play because of his fatal flaw, being his obsessive thought and inability to act. Hamlet’s complexity as a character lies with his recognition of the “vicious mole of nature” within him being his fault, which would break “down the pales and forts of reason”. Hamlet is a man of philosophy and has a nature of constant and obsessive thought, that renders him incapable of action. Hamlet thinks immensely about his actions and feelings in which he feels to be his flaw “Of thinking too precisely on th’event”. Hamlet blames his excessive thought for his lack of action, it being “one part wisdom/And three parts coward”. Outside of Hamlets opinions, it is proposed that Hamlet is simply not the right man to carry out the act of revenge, and the play demonstrates “the effects of a great action bid upon a soul unfit for the performance of it” (Goethe). This is supported through Hamlet’s frequent soliloquizing and lack of action between them. Hamlet’s constant and intensive thoughts are reason for his inaction and inability to avenge his father.
|wordcount||671 (cca 1.5 pages)|
- hamlet's inabilty to act caused by his fatal flaw
- his disbelief in the ghost
- and belief in heaven