Jeremy Wasson- Action vs Inaction
Updated: 2/27/2020
Jeremy Wasson- Action vs Inaction

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  • Hamlet
  • Act 1 Scene 2
  • "Th' imperial jointress to this warlike state" (Shakespeare 1.2.8-10).
  • Act 2 Scene 1
  • "As if he had been loosed out of hell"(Shakespeare 2.1.92-94).
  • Jeremy WassonAction vs. Inaction
  • Act 3 Scene 1
  • "To be or not to be" (Shakespeare 3.1.63-65)
  • Claudius and Gertrude take the action to get married and allow Claudius to be king and ruler of the land. This action is the base of most problems to come later in the play. The excerpt above is a line from Claudius's soliloquy from the wedding of Claudius and Gertrude.
  • Act 4 Scene 3
  • Hamlet is taking action, by beginning his plan for revenge on Claudius. He is going to make an image of himself that makes him out to be crazy. This quote shows that he had been acting strange, this is the first step of his plan, to act crazy.
  • Act 5 Scene 2
  • "Here, thou incestuous, damned Dane, Drink off this potion." Shakespeare 5.2.356-358)
  • In this scene, Hamlet is taking action by presenting his soliloquy, and expressing his true inner feelings and thoughts. This is also part of his plan to follow acting crazy.
  • This shows Claudius taking action against Hamlet. He is ordering England to murder Hamlet once he arrives to England. This action causes Hamlet to go over the edge and return to Denmark. This is when the king and Laertes plan the sword fight with intent to kill Hamlet.
  • "The present death of Hamlet. Do it, England..." (Shakespeare 4.3.72-75)
  • This shows Hamlet taking action and killing Claudius. This is his final result and his final revenge after all of his planning. After all of the inaction he has taken, he finally killed Claudius as revenge for his Father.
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