An Excuse for Doing Nothing:
Procrastination and Tragedy in Hamlet Image Credit: Ferwa Razzaq Read the Faculty Introduction Procrastination — the bane of college students across the globe. The tantalizing pleasures of Youtube and the immediate social gratifications of Facebook are all too alluring for the average student, especially when the alternative is a five to seven page essay about that old drab Shakespeare.
Hamlet breaks the classical model of an Aristotelian tragic hero in both his characterization and his revelation. While most authors give their protagonists an overbearing tragic flaw to balance their talents, Hamlet lacks a unique and strong tragic flaw because he has no amazing talents to balance out.
This is the exact opposite of what our protagonist chooses to do.
Referencing the belief that suicide would lead the religious to hell, Hamlet rather unheroically wishes to kill himself before even learning of his fate.
Other tragic heroes like Oedipus receive rather direct confirmation of their relevant fact, but Hamlet changes from ignorance to uncertainty rather than to knowledge. From there, jumping to the conclusion that his inaction — his delay — must be his tragic flaw also comes naturally.
In the book Stay, Illusion! While much time does pass between Hamlet receiving his duty and enacting it, he does not waste it pondering. As he does not possess any exceptional gifts to help him combat the world, Hamlet makes a traditionally unheroic decision: The first person who seems capable of trusting and helping Hamlet is Ophelia.
Lamenting his fate and delaying his duty, Hamlet does at one point turn to Ophelia for assistance. This sign of weakness shows that Hamlet trusts Ophelia, perhaps because he loves her and knows that she has feelings for him as well.
He completely loses faith in Ophelia during their next encounter in the castle as he questions her: In the film adaptation of Hamlet, directed by Gregory Doran, this scene repeatedly shows Hamlet staring into the camera revealing his knowledge that both Claudius and Polonius are listening in from afar.
Assuming her to be a supporter of Claudius, Hamlet concludes that he cannot trust Ophelia with his burden and quickly severs their ties. As he parts from his only sure confidant, Hamlet asks Horatio — his one friend — for minimal assistance. Is it your own inclining [to visit me]?
Every character in the play is watched by someone else.
This lack of trust amongst the main characters of the play permeates their relations, creating an atmosphere of doubt and wariness between all residents of the castle. Hamlet tries and fails to recruit assistance from others, leaving him with no choice but to tackle his fate alone.
After the Mousetrap succeeds, Hamlet is presented with a golden opportunity to kill a vulnerable, praying Claudius. Although certain lives may have been saved, those lives have already been ruined by the events of the play: Procrastinators all over the world only boldly admit their fault in delay because, for the most part, they do ultimately complete their assignment.
Although the quality of work may not be ideal, the goal is attained. While Hamlet may not be remembered as the conquering hero of his time like his father, he still receives credit for killing Claudius. He was not gifted with abilities like superhuman strength to quickly avenge his father, but in the absence of an act of heroism, we gain a sense of his humanity, a quality of which is captured so well in his thoughts.
He asks his friends for help like any normal human would when faced with insurmountable odds, but finds no solace as no one deserves trust.
Translated by James Hutton. Critchley, Simon, and Jamieson Webster. Directed by Gregory Doran. Edited by Robert S.The joke is that Hamlet is, in fact, not full of clichés — many concepts and tropes that we label as cliché were first shown in Hamlet, so the joke is told to poke fun at those students who call the play cliché.
Hamlet, His Own Victim Hamlet, the main character in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet is a deeply intelligent and reflective man.
Hamlet is compelled by justice and filial duty to revenge his father's murder; he is also simultaneously riddled with self-doubt and moral conscience. Why Did Hamlet Procrastinate? Hamlet is the son of the late King Hamlet of Denmark, who died two months before the start of the play.
After his death of his brother, Claudius, becomes king, and marries King Hamlet's widow, Gertrude, Queen of Denmark/5(1).
Hamlet is the son of the late King Hamlet of Denmark, who died two months before the start of the play. After his death of his brother, Claudius, becomes king, and marries King Hamlet's widow, Gertrude, Queen of Denmark.4/4(1). C.S. Lewis borrows from one of Hamlet”‘”s soliloquies as he describes the picture the reader perceives of Hamlet as, ‘”‘a dull and muddy-mettled rascal, a John-a-dreams, somehow unable to move while ultimate dishonor is done him'”‘ (‘”‘On Hamlet”‘”s Soliloquies'”‘ 50).
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