Hamlet and Uncertainty

Throughout the play Hamlet goes through many experiences of uncertainty. To be or not to be; or the ghost being referred to as either a spirit of health or goblin damned. The procrastination of killing Claudius for purposes of sending his soul to Hell and not to heaven while he’s praying. As we find out he could of killed Claudius and “sent him to Hell” as the King remarks that his prayers were “words without thoughts”. But he doesn’t kill him as he over-analyzes and comes to the wrong conclusion about his repenting. He feels his dad didn’t get to repent of his sins before he died so why should he. Hamlet wants to know for sure if the ghost is legit and he can’t feel at ease without that certainty. It’s almost like the hypochondriac that no matter how many times they go to the doctor the patient always finds something wrong with themselves. No matter how much proof Hamlet has that the ghost is honest, he still doubts it. The ghost ends up being his demise as it causes him to “put an antic disposition on” which leads to the slaying of Polonius and rousing the King’s suspicions through putting on “The Murder of Gonzago”. This is another instance in Shakespeare where the supernatural leads down a path of destruction. As for to be or not to be, the uncertainty of whether there’s an afterlife worse than actual life “puzzles the will” and makes us all out to be cowards of our own mortality.

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