Despite nearing his departure for England in the beginning Act 4 Scene 4, Hamlet is motivated to finish his revenge. This change of thought is caused by an encounter with the captain of Fortinbras’s army. In this encounter, Hamlet realizes that twenty thousand men are facing “imminent death…for a fantasy and trick of fame.” The deaths of these men are merely for a worthless plot of land. This causes Hamlet to take a moment to reflect back upon his underlying goal of revenge. He reasons that his “honor’s at the stake” if he does not carry out his plan to completion. The fulfillment of his plan will not only be for his late father, but for his mother as well. Hamlet’s image in the mind of Gertrude is “stained” by what she has witness. Hamlet does not want his mother’s last recollection of him to be as a killer of the innocent. This soliloquy in larger context could be seen as Shakespeare’s critique on war and living life. War is viewed an “imposthume”, or an ulcer, of wealth and peace. The seeds of violence is scattered throughout history. Whether it is the result of internal or external conflicts, war eventually leads to loss of lives. The expense of these lives many times are often the result of meaningless confrontations. As for life itself, Shakespeare states that everyone have “capability and godlike reason”, but many times these characteristics are wasted by not being used. For Hamlet, the distraction with the disposal and the subsequent conversation with Polonius puts his plan on hold. With the rejuvenated idea in mind, the flame of revenge is once again reignited.