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Action Vs. Inaction

Hamlet Theme Project
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Ashley Project

on 3 December 2012

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Transcript of Action Vs. Inaction

Inaction Action "The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king." - Act 2, Scene 2 Inaction "To be, or not to be: that is the question; whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?" - Act 3, Scene 1 Just do something already. "To be, or not to be--that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them." - Act 3, Scene 1 Action vs. Inaction Action Hamlet Theme Project "Suit the action to the word, the word to the action." - Act 3, Scene 2 "I must be cruel, only to be kind." - Act 3, Scene 4 "And where the offense is let the great axe fall." - Act 4, Scene 5 "Unhand me gentlemen. By heaven, I'll make a ghost of him that lets me!" - Act 1, Scene 4 "Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder." - Act 1, Scene 5 Everyone likes getting some action... Command by Hamlet's dead father, affects the rest of the play. Hamlet takes action to confirm the new king's guilt. If all things go according to plan, Hamlet will murder Claudius. This theme is used to emphasize Hamlet's inner conflicts in regards to taking revenge on his uncle, committing suicide, and his feelings towards his mother and Ophelia. It shows that both inaction and action result in death. Hamlet realizes that he should probably do something at this point. His choice to hurt his mother with words is a form of revenge for marrying his uncle. Claudius's line hints at Hamlet's future action of murdering him for his offense on his family. Hamlet's inner conflict with deciding whether or not to take his life or suffer through is evident. "Give thy thoughts no tongue." - Act 1, Scene 3 Polonius's advice to Laertes as he as leaving home urges him not to put his cruel thoughts into action. "A villain kills my father, and for that I, his sole son, do this same villain send to heaven. Why this is hire and salary, not revenge." - Act 3, Scene 3 Hamlet decides not to murder his uncle/step-dad because it would send him to heaven. His dad did not get to ask forgiveness. Hamlet's soliloquy battles the ideas of suffering through life or going blindly into death. Should he commit suicide? "Now cracks a noble heart, good-night sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest." - Act 5, Scene 2 If Hamlet had killed the king, he wouldn't have accidentally murdered Polonius, irked Laertes, inadvertently killed his mom, or killed everyone else.
Hamlet's death, among many, was caused by the his inaction beforehand. "The King doth wake tonight and takes his rouse, keeps wassail, and the swagg'ring upspring reels; And, as he drains his draughts of Rhenish down, the kettledrum and trumpet thus bray out the triumph of his pledge." - Act 1, Scene 4 In contrast to the former king being a man of action, the new king lays around celebrating his career change and new lady by getting drunk.
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