Internal And External Conflicts In Hamlet

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Conflict is indispensable to drama. Show that the inward conflicts are equally important as the outward conflict in the play. Hamlet faces both internal and external conflicts from the beginning of the play. In the play, the inner and outer conflicts of Hamlet seem to arise from the death of his father, King Hamlet, by his uncle, now King Claudius. Since Hamlets’ life pervades with conflicts as the confusion he faces essentially becomes the main focus of the play. However, Hamlet contains a diverse set of conflicts, of which Hamlet’s inner conflicts are as prominent as his conflicts with other characters. As Hamlet deals with dilemmas within himself, other individuals, and the supernatural figure of his father. Shakespeare presents us…show more content…
The two characters are facing both internal and external conflicts throughout the play. Hamlet’s madness is portrayed through his thoughts as he is says he can kill Claudius at that moment. Hamlet’s innermost feelings towards Claudius is brought out in his sixth soliloquy. Hamlet’s initial thought being “ Now might I do it pat”(3.3.73) displays his willingness to take action and commit the murder. However, his conscience stop him from committing the murder as he comes to the realization that Claudius’ sins will be exempted if he were to die while striving repentance. Hamlet’s desire to punish Claudius is shown as he wants to ensure the dead of his uncle lasts an eternity and not a moment. This conflict between Hamlet and Claudius allows the development of the play as it is essentially revolves around the dead of King Hamlet. The struggle between Hamlet and the forces of nature are brought upon through the interaction with the Ghost. This is an external conflict as it is a struggle seen through the communication amongst the Ghost and the protagonist, himself. Hamlet first encounters his father's spirit and contemplates whether or not he is a demon pretending to be the former King of Dane. The Ghost reveals his reason of death to be due to being poisoned and murdered by Claudius when he states, “but know, thou noble youth, The serpent that did sting thy Fathers life, Now wears his crown." This further leads to
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