Many critics have commented and questioned the acts and scenes of the play:
David Bevington, who is the one of the many critics, had done a thorough analysis of the dramatic action and themes of the play. He investigated the character of Hamlet and his dealings or relations with others and also his numerous soliloquies (a soliloquy is a dramatic device which is used by the speaker when he delivers his speech at the time of solitude). Hamlet has spoken numerous soliloquies in the play such as ‘To be or not to be’ (Act 3 scene 1). Act 3 scene 3 opens with a soliloquy by Claudius where he says ‘I like him not’ (Act 3 Scene3 Line1) which depicts his dislike for Hamlet. Another soliloquy is again by Claudius where he admits that he has murdered his brother, those effects for which I did the murder:/ My crown, my own ambition, and my queen’ (Act 3 Scene 3 Lines 54-55).
Another critical evaluation is by C.S Lewis, and his three critical views or analysis of Hamlet’s character of delaying the murder of his enemy. In first approach, there is a basic fault in Hamlet’s character of delaying, second is that Hamlet himself calls him a procrastinator or even sometimes refers to himself as a coward. And thirdly, the critics have expected too much from him and he is not psychologically made such. In Act 3 Scene 3 when he gets the chance to slaughter Claudius, the murderer of Hamlet’s father, he refrains from it because Claudius was praying at that time and he thought that murdering him then would make his soul go to heaven which he never desired.