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Why does Hamlet not take revenge on Claudius when the opportunity is given?

Why does Hamlet not take revenge on Claudius when the opportunity is given?

Hamlet doesn’t kill Claudius at this point because he believes that Claudius is praying. He says that killing the king NOW would be “hire and salary, not revenge!” He simply cannot send Claudius to heaven, where he would surely go were he killed just after praying and purging his sins.

Why does Hamlet decide not to kill his uncle when he discovers him praying?

Hamlet does not kill Claudius when he assumes that he is praying because he doesn’t want Claudius to have the luxury of going to heaven while his father, unjustly murdered, suffers in hell. He doesn’t want to do Claudius the “favor” of sending him to heaven.

Why does Hamlet not kill his uncle?

Hamlet delays killing Claudius because Claudius represents Hamlet’s innermost desires to sleep with his mother Gertrude. And by killing Claudius, Hamlet would be killing a part of himself.

How does Hamlet eventually get revenge on his uncle?

The simple answer to the question is that he kills Claudius (his uncle, who had killed his father). However, this doesn’t happen until the very end of the play, and only after Hamlet spends most of the play procrastinating that very action.

How did Hamlet return Denmark?

Although it seems unlikely to us, Hamlet is returned to Denmark by pirates who apparently attack the ship he is on. In a letter to Horatio that is delivered to sailors, Hamlet tells his friend the story of this pirate tale. When the pirate ship sails alongside Hamlet’s ship, he boards the pirate ship to escape.

Is Hamlet a villain or hero?

Hamlet not only behaves villainously throughout his eponymous play, but has somehow persuaded generations of audiences and critics that he is actually its hero. That is what takes his villainy to the next level. Look at the roll call of Hamlet’s crimes.

Why is brevity is the soul of wit irony?

If something can be said in one sentence, Polonius will say it in a paragraph; if something can be spoken in 30 seconds, Polonius will speak it in 5 minutes. The fact that he says “brevity is the soul of wit” is an ironic self-indictment–he’s not brief, so he lacks wit.

What does Hamlet call Polonius after finding him dead?

intruding fool