Upgrade subject to access all content
Why does Hamlet require corroboration of the ghost’s tale before avenging his father’s death?
He fears the consequences of pursuing revenge and gets wrapped up in the play as a stalling tactic.
He worries that his memory of the ghost’s tale may be warped by his extreme melancholy and seeks validation of what he thinks the ghost said.
He suspects that the devil has toyed with him in his vulnerable state by sending out a spirit who appears to be his dead father.
He has grown more fond of Claudius and has become increasingly reluctant to pursue revenge against him.
He desires his mother’s happiness, and although he dislikes Claudius, she would be devastated by the loss of her husband.