Macbeth Themes

Person’s thoughts will differ from their actions, be it the fear of being the
same or different from others, the consequences of their actions, or the
opinions that others may form about them. People live their lives like drones,
always conforming to the rules, afraid to brake away from the norm and do what
they know or even feel to be the right thing to do simply because they might
cause a ripple in the smooth little lake in which their boat is afloat. Within
the Playwright Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Hamlet suffers from such dilemma.

Hamlet refuses to act on what he knows to be accurate, always reassuring himself
of his lack of action. Hamlet also acts in a manner which some may wish to call
lunacy. This is due to the loss in which he has suffered, as well as he is just
pretending to fool the people who he is plotting against. Hamlet’s father,

King Hamlet, was the greatest king Denmark had ever seen. Respected and revered
by all with the exception of his brother, Claudius. Claudius had envied his
older brother since boyhood, the king living the life that Claudius had always
wanted. A wife, a son, and a kingdom were all the holdings possessed by King

Hamlet, holdings and possessions that Claudius would soon make his, by the
killing of his brother. Though Hamlet feels that his mother’s marriage to

Claudius was to soon after the death of King Hamlet, he does not suspect

Claudius killed king Hamlet until told of a sighting of a ghost by some guards
while on watch. Hamlet tells Polonious that he will stand watch that night with
them to see if they can see the ghost again. That night Hamlet stands watch with

Polonious and the ghost appears before them. The ghost tells Hamlet that he is
his father, and of how he was killed. Hamlet is told that while his father lay
under the shade of a tree Claudius came to him and poured poison in his ear and
caused his death instantaneously not allowing him time to repent of his sins,
therefore condemning him to be trapped between the two paranormal worlds. The
ghost then tells Hamlet to avenge his death. Though hamlet agrees to kill

Claudius he does not kill him forthright. Hamlet hesitates and seems to
invalidate every possible moment or opportunity that arises to take the life of

Claudius. His reason for his hesitation is not known and one can only guess at
what they may be. It could be that he doesn’t believe the ghost. He could be
afraid of hurting his mother by killing her second husband, or the fact that he
is his uncle. What ever the reason is, he doses hesitate, and by doing so causes
more pain and suffering for more people than if he would have killed Claudius
forthright. The first example noted of such hesitation by Hamlet within the play
if found within act three scene three where Hamlet contemplates the
extermination of Claudius while he seems to be at prayer. " Now might I do it
pat, now he’s praying. And..." (P70-71) Within this paragraph Hamlet will
eventually state that he cannot kill Claudius due to the fact that to kill him
at prayer would only send him to heaven and not eternally damn him to the bowels
of hell. Hamlet thinks that if he killed Claudius while he was at prayer and he
was sent to heaven that it would be unfair to his father who is eternally
trapped between the present and the afterlife. That is at least the reason that
is given by Hamlet directly from the text. Though by the reading the entire book
you will see a patter of actions and lack of actions that seem to signify that
he only acts insane so to disorientate the other people within the story. Yet
knowing that his father was murdered, who murdered him, and what Hamlet was
asked to do to seek vengeance he feels that he has to constantly reassure
himself of his lack of action was right so that he doesn’t feel like he is
failing his father. Hamlet is mad and plotting and or struggling with the
question of what to do about the revenge seeking that he has sworn to tend to
for his deceased father. The loss of a father has exiled him into a non-existent
state to where neither present world nor the futures that will come are ever
realized by him. Instead he lives day to day not realizing his