William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet is a unique character due to his unpredictability. He is attempting to discover the truth in a way that no other character of Shakespeare’s has done. We find Hamlet in a state of deep melancholy due to the death of his father, as well as the very sudden and lewd marriage of his uncle and his mother. Hamlet is inspired by the player giving the speech about Hecuba witnessing the massacre of her husband, Priam. He goes off on his own, and he is bewildered at how this player can show an enormous amount of passion to something that doesn’t exist. Hamlet contemplates on the reason of how he has not been able to act yet, and he feels like he has stalled for far too long. Hamlet’s main issue isn’t that he is a coward, but a truth seeker. He is skeptical about what is true, and that is what plagues him with his duty to avenge his father. To begin with Hamlet, in his first soliloquy, is seen overwhelmed with grief that his father died, and he suspects foul play. There is no question that Hamlet is at his lowest and most cowardly point in this scene. He first confesses that he wishes that “the Everlasting had not fix’d / His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter”, but he takes into consideration that it wouldn’t be the best option for him (1.2.131-2). During Renaissance, the Catholic Church condemned suicide and believed that those who committed the sin would damned to Hell. Moreover, Hamlet is stunned by what his mother, Gertrude, has done to
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