The readiness of it all Question 2

Thereadiness of it all


Thesoliloquies of Hamlet show that he is suffering inside, especiallygiven the fact that his father has died and his uncle over whatbelongs to him legally. He is quite too hard to himself because hedecides to go ahead to kill all those people who seem to cross hispath. In the end, he causes the death of a significant number ofpeople. One of them such people is Polonius. He then goes ahead tokill Guildenstern and Rosencrantz who, he discovers in the process ofspying on him as an eye for the King (5.2.318). Ophelia is alsoanother individual who drowns while she is singing sad songs whilemoaning the bad behavior that Hamlet has picked up while he is in thebusiness of getting even with all those people who got out to harmhim. The revenge taken by Hamlet was because he needed payback forthe death of his father. The behavior of Hamlet in the play and hisspeeches show a limitation that lay on Hamlet in that what is saidwas quite different from what he ended up doing (Stebbins &ampHouston 24). The soliloquies of Hamlet end when he dies and states,“rest in peace.” At this point, he is dead, and there is nothingthat he can say anymore in that state.


Hamletcategorically states that “the readiness of it all” (5.2.208) asa way of showing that he is prepared to take back what his uncle,took away from him. He viewed the association of his mother, thequeen, with Claudiusas one of the highest forms of betrayal on herpart. She had decided to marry a man who was keen to taking overkingship yet it is Hamlet who was next in line after his father died.There were also clear indications that the new King had murderhamlet’s father and he now saw it as a good opportunity to revengefor the course. The dead King had appeared to Hamlet and explained tohim the evils that Claudiusas had done (Hawkes 43). The young studentsaw the opportunity that presented itself with the presence of hisloyal friend, Horatio, as a good moment to offer to make vengeanceover the ills that Gertrude and her new husband had done (Roberts62). Hamlet clearly understood that human beings could have variouscomplications just as the new ones that were leveled against him. Hewas aware that the only way that he would be able to claim back histhrone.

Thepreparation alluded to by Hamlet did not come easy, when his deadfather appeared to him as a ghost to explain to him, he could nottell whether the ghost was real or whether it was a mere evil spiritthat wanted to cause some level of madness upon him. He, therefore,set up a play within a play known as Murder of Gonzango. As the caseturned out to be, Hamlet has let with no doubt that the ghost hadgood intentions for him and was more interested in seeing him takeback the kingdom from the man that had stolen it from him (Wilson84). The recreation of murder has serious consequences as Hamletdecided that he would have to kill Claudius for the ills that he did.The one challenge that he, however, faced was his conscience. Hestated that &quotconscience doth make cowards of us all&quotperhaps to show that a man with a conscience has a less likelihood ofcommitting evil practices (3.1.91).


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