“Will you marry me?” A young man asks his girlfriend of two years. She has barely finished her last bite of linguini as he startles her with the awaited question. The nerves kick in and she takes a moment to reply. She doesn’t know what to say so she asks for more time to decide. Her hesitancy is the result of the moment’s pressure and the anxiety of marriage. She needs time to over think the question, her relationship, her career, her future and her overall life with this person and herself. This is only one instance of how people tend to over think. When questions are pondered for too long in one’s mind, outrageous conclusions are drawn out. A simple question brings upon complex issues that have truly nothing to do with the original thought. Many spin themselves in circles trying to come up with answers and plans of actions leading to these doubtful resolutions. This is much like the prince in the play Hamlet, as he continues to struggle with the thoughts in his head. His exertion leads him to so many solutions that in reality he is to overwhelmed to act upon. The prince proves that by over thinking his initial plans he is unable to proceed with them. This is demonstrated, as Hamlet cannot carry out his plotted revenge. Hamlet channels his anger towards the wrong people. As well, Hamlet analyzes the little things and makes them seem more complicated.
Since discovering whom committed his father’s murder, Hamlet declares revenge. He continues to ponder and plot out the most gruesome of plans, yet never follows through with them. This is solely because he takes so much time to think rather then actually do. The spiraling downfall and death of Hamlet could have easily been prevented if he had followed through with killing Claudius. For if Claudius was murdered like he initially was suppose to be, Laertes would not have poisoned the sword that smited him. As a champion fencer it is evident that Hamlet is extremely capable physically. It is strictly the emotions and voices in his head that disallow the outcome of his sought out revenge. This is shown in his anger, Hamlet directs his emotions towards the wrong people. Instead of using this haste towards Claudius and killing him, he murders Polonius. Despite Polonius’s annoying antics there was no legitimate reason to kill him. At that time he was angry at Gertrude so therefore took it out on Polonius. Yet, his death poses the argument that if Hamlet could murder Polonius so impulsively then why could he not do the same to Claudius? Well, Claudius murdered his father before the king had a chance to be forgiven for his sins. Therefore it is believed in the Christian faith, that now king Hamlet will go to the underworld in the after life. King Hamlet was a great king,father and husband whom deserved to go to heaven. This alone is upsetting to the royal family. This propels Hamlet to want to kill Claudius even more then he did already. Thus he intends for Claudius’s killing to be planned and as hurtful as possible. Yet, all that thinking and plotting gets Hamlet no where.
By not acting on impulse and analyzing every little thing, Hamlet only makes problems worse. If he had been more impulsive with Guildenstern and Rosencrantz, no one would have surcome to such fates. He obviously made circumstances seem far worse in his head and thus had to pretend to be insane.
Hesitancy is the result of a moment’s pressure and the anxiety of what may happen if one follows through with their actions. People tend to over think. When questions are pondered for too long in one’s mind, outrageous conclusions are drawn out. Like an overbaked cake in an oven, when something is thought about too often and not taken action upon, it burns like a cake. A simple question brings upon complex issues that have truly nothing to do with the original thought. Many spin themselves in circles trying to come up with answers and plans of actions leading to these doubtful resolutions. In the play Hamlet, The prince proves that by over thinking his initial actions he is unable to proceed with them. This is demonstrated, as Hamlet cannot carry out his plotted revenge. Hamlet channels his anger towards the wrong people. As well, Hamlet analyzes the little things and makes them seem more complicated.
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