Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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Insane or Not Insane?
In the tragedy, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the audience is presented with a character who suffers inner and external conflicts. Hamlet, the young prince, continues to mourn his father’s death from the beginning of the play until the end. Hamlet’s inner conflict is that he discovers Claudius, his uncle, has committed the murder of his father. Hamlet does not analyze how he will seek revenge and murder his Uncle Claudius without his conscience interfering. The external conflict that Hamlet endures is that his father orders him to avenge his death, but in a heightened state of emotion, he accidentally kills Polonius thinking that it is Claudius, the man who is the source of anger. In the beginning of the play, Hamlet pretends to be insane, but as his inner and external conflict continue to pressure him into killing his need for revenge drives him to actually become insane.
After Hamlet’s father in ghost form implores Hamlet to avenge his death, Hamlet faces an internal conflict whether he should kill his Uncle Claudius. Since Hamlet struggles with his conscience, he makes his uncle watch the play that reveals how his father was killed; Claudius becomes anxious and Hamlet knows that he planned out the murder: “Give me some light. Away” (Act 3, Scene 2, 257). After realizing Claudius guilt, Hamlet decides that it is time for him to avenge his father, but has trouble with his emotions and morality. Hamlet is Catholic; he knows that if he breaks a
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