By this point in the play, Hamlet has proof that Claudius is truly guilty of the murder of King Hamlet, and Hamlet is finally ready to take action against him. I agree with rienzi that the quote you reference in your posted question is, in fact, a soliloquy by Hamlet. He has no idea what Claudius is specifically saying, but he likely sees Claudius on his knees with his head bowed in the physical attitude of prayer. On one hand, Hamlet recognizes this as the perfect time to kill Claudius, but upon a bit more thinking, he justifies his not acting because he thinks that Claudius is receiving forgiveness for the sin and that his soul would go straight to heaven.
Now might I do it pat, now he is praying 3. Now, as he happens upon the unattended Claudius, the time has come to take action, but Hamlet finds that he is unable to kill.
Hamlet's reason for delay is that Claudius is in the midst of praying, and in order for revenge to be complete, the King must be engaged in some sinful act such as sex, gambling, or drinking, and thus be condemned to eternal damnation.
While it is true that similar reasoning is common in other revenge plays, such vengence seems unworthy of our noble prince.
Many critics believe that Hamlet uses Claudius's prayer as an excuse for further delay because his conscience will not allow him to commit premeditated murder. Others claim that it is not Hamlet's altruism which saves Claudius in this scene, but his own paralyzing habit of "thinking too precisely on th'event" 4.
However, the second argument is moot because the basis of his procrastination is his inability to commit premeditated murder.
Ironically, Hamlet's soliloquy is ultimately irrelevant, for Claudius is not sincerely repentant, as he reveals in the concluding couplet of scene 3: My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
They both "give the impression of rhetorical pageantry rather than sincere contrition.
Do you feel sympathy for Claudius? In Kenneth Branagh's HamletClaudius is sitting in a confessional and Hamlet is on the other side with his dagger drawn. If you were producing the play, how would you stage Hamlet finding Claudius at prayer?
Do you agree with A. Bradley that the turning-point of the drama is Hamlet's refusal to kill Claudius while he is praying? Bradley argues Hamlet's failure there "is the cause of all the disasters that follow. How to cite this article: The soliloquies of Shakespeare; a study in technic.
Columbia University Press, HAMLET Now might I do it pat, now he is praying, And now I'll do 't. [He draws his sword.] And so he goes to heaven. Deception in Hamlet Deception is an essential element of Shakespearean drama, whether it be tragedy, history, or comedy. The deception can be destructive or benign; it can be practiced on others or, just as likely, self-inflicted.
Aug 10, · Now, Hamlet has found the truth and intends to kill the villain who killed Prince Hamlet's father. Original Text: (Act 3, Scene 3) Now might I do it pat now he is praying,Reviews: 7.
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Development began in when Messina saw that the grounds of Glamis Castle would make a . Analysis of Now Might I Do It Pat soliloquy: As Hamlet passed the chapel on his way to his mother's room he saw the light in the chapel.
He paused and stood silently .