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___________________________Hamlet by Shakespeare


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Hamlet

Analysis of Act Three

The contrast between Clsudius and Hamlet are becoming very obvious. Claudius is calculating and a man of action whereas Hamlet is a thinker and a player of words.

The famous soliloquy, "To be or not be be: that is the question," expresses Hamlet's dilemma of trying to determine the meaning of life and death.

The scene between Ophelia and Hamlet wherein she lies about her father's whereabouts, displays her weakness and inability to stand up for herself. She is unable to express her true love for Hamlet and therefore seals her own fate.

Claudius does not trust Hamlet and plans to exile the Prince to England. He does however agree with Claudius that Hamlet should first speak with Gertrude alone and perhaps she can determine the cause of Hamlet's melancholy mood. Claudius intends to eavesdrop because he is convinced that Hamlet will admit to his mother that he loves Ophelia and that her indifference is driving him insane.

The play is successful in achieving its intent; Claudius is appalled when the king is murdered by his brother and rushes out of the hall. He then reveals his guilt during a moment of prayer. Hamlet, overhearing this, now knows that he must act and avenge his father's death but he still can't bring himself to perform this final act..

 

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