“The Readiness is all”:

Literature of War STC

“If it be / now, ‘tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be / now; if it be not now, yet it will come. The / readiness is all.”

(Hamlet, V ii, 234-237)

Hamlet’s primary inner conflict throughout the play is based around his inability to accept his unfortunate situation, and his struggle with himself to act firmly and resolutely to resolve it. For much of the play Hamlet appears either too overwhelmed with grief and self pity, or too consumed with hesitation or second guessing to assume the role of hero and king that he is destined for. Thus he continues to delay taking revenge on his uncle who so dearly deserves it. However foil characters, such as Laertes, Fortinbras, or even Horatio, reveal Hamlet’s flaws to readers and, more importantly, to Hamlet himself. This leads to a gradual but noticeable change in his…

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