In “ Hamlet';, the tragedy by William Shakespeare, Hamlet, the prince of Denmark withholds a great internal conflict throughout the play.
As a result, Hamlet contradicts himself many times throughout out the play, which caused the unnecessary death of many others.
Character criticism continued to pursue its aims, especially in Ernest Jones's (1899), namely, that Hamlet is driven subconsciously by an incestuous desire for his mother which complicates his task of avenging the murder of his father; how can he kill the hated uncle for having taken sexual possession of the mother whom Hamlet himself yearns for?
Gilbert Murray, in , 1952), sees the play as dominated by the interrogative mood, by questions, riddles, enigmas, and mysteries.
This is shown when he says to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, "I know not-lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises" (2.2.280-281).
Later Hamlet tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that he is just faking his madness when he says, "I am but mad north-north-west.
Instead of playing the part of the vengeful son, or dropping the issue entirely, he spends the entire act “slacking off';.
He avoids the decision he has to make and pretends to be mad.
While one second Hamlet pretends to be under a strange spell of madness, seconds later he may become perfectly calm.
He struggles with the issue of avenging his father’s death.