Do you not come your tardy son to chide, That lapsed in time and passion, let’s go by Th’important acting of your dread command?

It’s remarkable how so much criticism of this play can be summed up in this line. It’s as if the critics are all the ghost, they’re all Hamlet’s father, or who Hamlet thinks his father is, and they all think the principal issue of this play is Hamlet’s delay.
Why, if he’d just gone right in to the court and killed Claudius right away, that would be the right thing: If he’d just listened to his father. If he’d just been a more obedient son.
This tells us a lot more about the critics and their relationships with their fathers and sons than it does about Hamlet.

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