HAMLET

My goal of final project is to deeply analyze Hamlet as an Indecisive man, by using Microsoft Powerpoint as platform. Because from my perspective, his indecision is the most important reason causes his tragic. I would explore both textual evidence and also the different versions of movie( Mel Gibson’s( 1990), Kenneth Bragnagh’s ( 1996) attempt to explain Hamlet’s inaction or delay in seeking revenge for his father’s murder. I stated mainly six points:

1. Lack of opportunity
A. Hamlet is alone with virtually every other character except Laertes.
B. When Hamlet is alone with Claudius, the King is at prayer, and Hamlet desists rather than send him to Heaven

2. Too much thought

Hamlet is always think too much before he takes any action, for example, tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that “there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

A. Act II, Scene 2: Hamlet tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that “there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”
B. Act III, Scene 1: Hamlet says, “conscience does make cowards of us all, / And thus the native hue of resolution / Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought, and enterprises of great pitch and moment, with this regard their currents turn awry, and lose the name of action.”
C. Act IV, Scene 4: Hamlet debates whether his inaction is caused by “Bestial oblivion” or by “some craven scruple / Of thinking too precisely on th’ event . . . ”

3. Melancholy

Hamlet is really a melancholy person, he merely have positive thought but full of negative imagine. I even can feel this through the whole play.

A. Claudius urges Hamlet to snap out of his mourning, which he terms “obstinate condolement,” and “unmanly.”
B. Hamlet soliloquizes, “But break my heart, for I must hold my tongue.”
C. Hamlet’s apparent mood swings, which appear to onlookers as madness, would have been in keeping with symptoms of the ailment known as melancholia.

4. Oedipus complex

The relationship between Hamlet with his mother Gertrude is really complex, it is hard to say whether Hamlet is love or hate his mother. However, There is undoubtedly that Hamlet cannot accept his mother’s remarriage with Claudius, or maybe kill Claudius would clear the path to Gertrude’s bed.

A. Hamlet makes frequent references to how little time has passed between King Hamlet’s death and Gertrude’s remarriage.
B. Hamlet refers to Claudius as “dear mother,” since “man and wife is one flesh.”
C. Claudius now functions as Hamlet’s father; in Oedipal terms, to kill Claudius would clear the path to Gertrude’s bed.
D. Following Polonius’ murder, Hamlet seems obsessed with the physical aspects of Gertrude’s remarriage, and extracts her promise to abstain from Claudius’ bed.

5. Doubt about the honest of the ghost

From the ghost scene in Branagh’s version, I can see when Hamlet first meet with the ghost, he is not really trust the ghost is his father, thus he thought the ghost might be the devil instead.
A. Act I: Hamlet asserts that “this vision here, / It is an honest Ghost.”
B. Act II: He is uncertain—“The spirit that I have seen / May be a devil [who] abuses me to damn me.”
C. Act III: He tells Horatio that Claudius’ reaction to the Mousetrap will reveal if “It is a damned Ghost that we have seen.”
D. Act III: When Claudius bolts, Hamlet confidently tells Horatio, “I’ll take the Ghost’s word for a thousand pound.”

6. Doubts about his won ambitious motives

Hamlet not really has a firm ambitious, I highly doubt whether he is really want a throne, or he is just cannot fight with his indecisive.
A. Act III: Hamlet tells Ophelia that although he is moderately virtuous, “yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me: I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious. . . . ”
B. Act III: Hamlet tells Rosencrantz that his “distemper” is because “I lack advancement,” meaning that while Claudius occupies the throne, Hamlet cannot.
C. Hamlet tells Horatio that Claudius had “Popped in between th’ election and my hopes, . . . ” indicating that the Prince had anticipated being chosen by the people to succeed his father.

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