Conflict Between Hamlet And Hamlet

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In William Shakespeare’s, Hamlet, Hamlet experiences conflict with those around him, as well as a battle within himself. This is represented in three distinct ways throughout the play. Inward conflict is represented between Hamlet and himself, whereas outward conflict is represented between Hamlet vs. the surrounding society, and Hamlet vs. Claudius. The use of conflict in both an inward and outward sense allows for progression and a climatic build within the play as Hamlet works towards a resolution.
The most obvious conflict is the inner conflict between Hamlet and himself. Hamlet recently lost his father; now his mother has betrayed him and married his uncle, his father’s brother. This strikes upon the inward conflict where Hamlet contemplates suicide. “O, that this too too-solid flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew! Or that the everlasting had not fix’d His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter!”(1.2.129-132) By Hamlet contemplating his suicide, it represents a moral dilemma in which he has to deal with by himself. As the play progresses, Hamlet continues to contemplate his suicide as he discovers that King Claudius was the one who murdered his father. He is wondering whether or not is it worth living on earth as he says, “To be, or not to be, that is the question- whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them?”(3.1.57-61) This is a continuation of the…
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