Does conscience make cowards of us all?

An interesting perspective on Hamlet. “Conscience” may indeed “make cowards of us all”. However, had it not been for Hamlet’s “conscience” (or whatever else stays his hand), we would not have had Shakespeare’s play for Claudious would have met his end shortly after the ghost of his father appeared to Hamlet.

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Hamlet is a loser. He turns out to be completely inadequate to the call to action of his father’s ghost, who wants to be rightfully revenged by his son. Yet, he had accurately chosen the most effective words to describe how his brother Claudius had atrociously murdered him and the “horrible“consequences on his body in order to stir Hamlet’s sense of indignation. Eventually, as if he doubted his son’s inclination to action, the ghost even warns him saying: “If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not“. If. He was not wrong in mistrusting his son, in fact, once alone on stage and soon after a first flame of rage Hamlet hesitates and ponders :”The time is out of joint. O cursèd spite,That ever I was born to set it right!”

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