It is better not to put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Many consequences can arise when one procrastinates. An example of this is found in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Hamlet rages against his mother for marrying his Uncle Claudius, King Hamlet’s brother, mere months after the king’s death. Hamlet speaks to himself in a soliloquy, saying: – Hamlet (Act I Scene II Line 98) In this quote Hamlet is angry at both Gertrude and Claudius, but he also seems to be angry at himself for letting the act of vengeance go so long.
Hamlet’s procrastination can reflect on many themes throughout the play. One of these is Hamlet’s fatal flaw, which causes his lack of action towards Claudius. Hamlet has several instances where he could kill Claudius without the latter suspecting Hamlet’s motives. Two of these times are during an encounter with Hamlet on the battlements, and Hamlet holds Laertes’ rapier against Claudius’ throat. Hamlet does not kill him at either moment because he claims that he lacks courage to do so.
This is Hamlets fatal flaw, his inability to act upon his convictions due to doubts about his own morality or even self worth. As long as Hamlet doubts himself, Claudius will stay alive and Hamlet will be unable to convince others of Claudius’ guilt for the murder of King Hamlet. Hamlets procrastination reflects poorly on him in other ways as well. Not only it prevents him from accomplishing his goal in a timely manner, Hamlet’s hesitation can put himself in jeopardy. Hamlet gets into a fight with Laertes when Hamlet realizes that Laertes has been the one to poison Claudius’ cup meant for Hamlet.
Hamlet ends up dying from the same poison, which was meant to kill Hamlet, after he had killed Claudius with a poisoned sword intended for Hamlet. Hamlets procrastination of avenging his father is also an example of how not all actions are obvious, but they still lead to consequences. No matter what Hamlets reasons were for this indecisiveness it did not help him at all and instead it made everything worse for him. Like Hamlet, procrastination can have a large impact on one’s life. Hamlet let his actions be dictated by his emotions and Hamlets overwhelming emotion was vengeance.
Hamlet would end up paying a heavy price for this as he ended up dying from the poison from Laertes’ sword meant for Hamlet himself. In conclusion Hamlets fatal flaw is his inability to act upon his convictions due to doubts about his own morality or even self worth. This causes him to make mistakes along the way that lead him down the path of destruction and ultimately results in Hamlets death. Hamlets tragedy at the hands of procrastination foreshadows what can happen if one does not take time now doing things that need to be done.
Hamlet, for example, could have killed Claudius when Hamlet had the chance but instead Hamlet put off what he needed to do in order to kill Claudius in order to attempt to keep his father’s ghost appeased. Hamlets procrastination led him down a path of tragedy and ultimately Hamlet died in the end by the hands of someone that was trying to kill Hamlet. Hamlet’s tragic flaw contributed to his downfall because although Hamlet was an intelligent, introspective character, he allowed his emotions to guide him without rationalizing the situation.
Hamlet’s procrastination led to his demise because if Hamlet had killed Claudius when Hamlet had the chance, Hamlet would have saved himself from dying due to poisoning. The theme of Hamlets Tragic Flaw is that people need to act now or else they will end up with consequences that are not beneficial for them in any way. Hamlets fatal flaw throughout this play is that he fails to kill claudius despite having multiple chances where he could have easily done so and ended the King’s life.
This tragic theme is present thoughout Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Many consequences Hamlet faces, such as Hamlets death at the end of this play could have been easily prevented if Hamlet had chosen to act upon his convictions. Hamlet’s inability to take action is one of Hamlets tragic flaws because it causes him to lose many opportunities throughout the play and ultimately result in Hamlets demise. Hamlet’s tragic flaw is that he takes too much time to think which causes him to not accomplish what needs to be done in a timely fashion.
Hamlet’s fatal flaw was his procrastination which led him down a path of sorrow and misery but eventually lead to his demise. There are many instances where Hamlet could have killed King Claudius without being caught, for example when Hamlet has Laertes poisoned in Act IV. Hamlet has an opportunity to kill Claudius when Hamlet is talking to him in his chambers, Hamlet could have done this but he chooses not to because Hamlets emotions get in the way of his judgement.
Hamlet’s tragic flaw throughout William Shakespeare’s Hamlet was that Hamlet had too much time to think which caused Hamlet not act upon his convictions when he needed to. Hamlets tragic flaw is his fatal indecisiveness which ultimately results in Hamlets death. Hamlets actions are directed by Hamlets overwhelming emotions of vengeance which is Hamlets fatal flaw because it causes Hamlet to make mistakes along the way that lead him down the path of destruction. Yes, Hamlet’s Tragic Flaw is his lack of decisiveness.
Throughout William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet has multiple opportunities where he could kill King Claudius with minimal risk to himself but instead, Hamlet procrastinates and allows circumstances to prevent him from acting upon these situations. If Hamlet had chosen to act with haste rather than deferring matters for hours or days at a time then most likely this would have led Hamlet down a path of success rather than failure. There are multiple instances throughout Hamlet where Hamlet could have killed King Claudius without being caught, for example when Hamlet has Laertes poisoned in Act IV.
Hamlet also had a chance to kill King Claudius while Hamlet was talking to him inside the chambers but Hamlet only tells him that he knows of his guilt after he poisons Hamlets father and instead of killing king claudius, Hamlets emotions get the best of him which results in time wasted on unnecessary small talk. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlets fatal flaw is his fatal indecisiveness which ultimately leads Hamlet down a path towards misery and death. Also, if Hamlet had chosen to act upon his convictions Hamlet would have succeeded in killing King Claudius instead of dying from poison.
Hamlets Tragic Flaw is his lack of decisiveness which ultimately leads Hamlet down a path of destruction and death. Hamlets fatal flaw was that he didn’t do what needed to be done quickly enough, Hamlet’s reluctance to kill Claudius led him down a path where Hamlet eventually died by being poisoned. Throughout William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet has multiple opportunities where he could have killed King Claudius with minimal risk to himself but instead, Hamlet procrastinates and allows circumstances to prevent him from acting upon these situations.