Paper: An Analysis of the Struggles of the Main Character in Hamlet by William Shakespeare

This is when Hamlets. agonizing struggles became difficult. Hamlet could have taken his revenge while Claudius was praying, but Hamlet was confused and couldnt avenge his fathers death while Claudius was purging his soul. Hamlet said, why, this is hire and salary, not revengeBut in our circumstances and course of thought, tis heavy with him: and | then revengd, to take him in the purging of his soul, when he is fit and seasoned for his passage (1440)? The king knows his guilt and when he prays he states, my words fly up, my thoughts remain below: words without thoughts never to heaven go (1440). It is in Act Ill, Scene IV, that we see Hamlet approach his mother Gertrude and question the way she had offended his father in which she married Hamlets uncle soon after her husbands death. The sneaky and witty Polonius was behind the curtain but Hamlet did not know it. While questioning his mother about the death of his father, he heard a voice coming from behind the curtain: Hamlet turned with sword in hand and stabbed the person behind the curtain. He said, How now! A rat? Dead, for a ducat, dead (1441)! At first, Hamlet thought he killed the king, but instead he killed Polonius in which he felt was better, thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell! | took thee for thy better: take thy fortune(1441) Hamlet struggled throughout the play. Although he is an intelligent man, the madness that descended upon him with his supernatural observation of the ghost of his father leads to his death. Furthermore, toward the end of the play, | get a clear understanding that he had fulfilled the revenge of his father. From the unwary death of Ophelia, the poison drink that took Gertrudes life, the vengeful dual of death between Laertes and Hamlet, we see Hamlets unknown madness of revenge when Hamlet kills the king of Denmark....