Is Hamlet Unfit

732 Words3 Pages
J.W. Von Goethe once said, “To me it is clear that Shakespeare meant to represent the effects of a great action laid upon a soul unfit for the performance of it.” To prove whether or not this statement is true, two questions must be answered: Does Hamlet’s quest that he received from his father’s Ghost indeed qualify for a “great action?” and Is Hamlet “unfit for the performance of it?” Goethe was indeed correct in his assessment, Hamlet is a testament to what happens when fate is not on one’s side and throws a hardship at someone who is not prepared for such a task. In the matter of defining a “great action,” one must find the context and difficulty of said action. “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder”(I, v, 25-26). This is the first…show more content…
Next, the Ghost mentions, “I find thee apt, And duller shouldst thou be than the fatweed That roots itself in ease on Lethe wharf, Wouldst thou not stir in this” (I, v,…show more content…
“Words, words, words” (II, ii, 183). Even though Hamlet is trying to act delusional, ironically, he foreshadows his future actions and proclivity to speak words rather than take part in actions. “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all” (III, i, 91). Even though he may not have meant it, Hamlet by stating this acknowledges that he may be a coward himself, and therefore unfit for his fate. “God has given you one face and you make yourselves another” (III, i, 141-142). Though Hamlet is speaking about women in this context, this meaning extends further. Hamlet was not meant to be a soldier, he was given the face of a statesman, and when he tries make himself something else, by avenging his father, he falls on his weakness. “Now might I do pat. Now he is a-praying… A villain kills my father, and, for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send To heaven. Oh, this is hire and salary, not revenge” (III, iii, 75-83). To compound his growing insanity and lack of zeal towards his mission, Hamlet has the perfect chance to end it all, and complete his mission of avenging his father, but manages to talk himself out of it, and even convinces himself that he would be doing Claudius a favor by killing

More about Is Hamlet Unfit

Open Document