Why does Hamlet delay taking action against Claudius? This is a question that everyone want to know. We all know that Hamlet want to kill his Uncle Claudius as soon as possible. But why does he wait so long to sweep to his revenge? I believe that there are more than one reason why Hamlet delays before he takes action.
One reason why Hamlet delays to take action against Claudius is because he does not just want to kill him, but he wants to damn his spirit. He hates Claudius so much that he is willing to take his life and damn his soul. Hamlet has plenty of motive to drive him to want this. Claudius did kill Hamlets father his own brother, and than married his sister. Hamlet gets a chance to kill Claudius, but Claudius is praying in church and hamlet does not want to kill Claudius and not damn his soul. It if he had done it he could have possible damned his own soul.
Another reason why Hamlet delays taking action against Claudius is because Hamlet wants to get him to admit that he is guilty of killing his father. Hamlet could possible be seen as being greedy here. Hamlets not only want to kill his Uncle Claudius but he wants to damn his soul and wants him to admit his guilt so that Hamlet can become King. To achieve his goal Hamlet writes a play that is called “Mouse Trap”. In the play, a man kills his own brother and marries his sister -in-law. During Hamlets play the “mouse Trap” Claudius acts guilty by standing and making a commotion and stopping the play. But yet this is still not enough for Hamlet he has to have him admit his guilt. This is another reason why Hamlet delays on killing his Uncle.
In the last scene of the play Claudius makes a big plan to ensure Hamlets death. In this plan he poisons a drink that is for Hamlet. He also helps make the sword fight one side and fatal to Hamlet. But Claudius plan backfire in the biggest possible way. And he winds up pinioning his wife Gertrude in which he loves dearly. And this gives Hamlet even more reason to kill Claudius.
I feel that this delay is justified because Claudius got what he deserved. Hamlet had every right to kill Claudius. Claudius killed his own brother married his sister-in-law, stole Hamlets thrown, and in the end kills Hamlets mother.