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Explain Hamlet’s hesitation in hamlet

Explain Hamlet’s hesitation in hamlet

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  1. Hamlet is instructed by the ghost of his dead father to avenge his murder by Claudius. Since Hamlet is the only person to hear the ghost speak, he is never too sure about his sanity and delays exacting revenge.

    He gets multiple opportunists like when Claudius is praying etc to finish the job but he hesitates. His hesitation is two fold- he does not know if Clausius is truly guilty and if he is sane enough to rely on his thoughts.

    Secondly, Hamlet does not know whether murder is the right course of action, This mental struggle is depicted by his hesitation to act one way or the other.

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