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The character of Prince Hamlet in Shakespeares Hamlet displays many strong yet justified emotions For instance the To be or Not To Be soliloquy perhaps one of the most well known quotes in the English language Hamlet actually debates suicide His despair sorrow anger and inner peace are all justifiable emotions for this troubled character Hamlets feeling of despair towards his life and to the world develops as the play moves on In Hamlets first soliloquy he reveals that his despair has driven him to thoughts of suicide How weary horrible His law gainst self slaughter Likewise when Hamlet talks to his friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Act 2 scene 2 Hamlet wishes they tell the King and Queen that he has lost all mirth in this world so foul and pestilent In his To be or not to be soliloquy he expresses his despair through thoughts of suicide suggesting that suicide is an easy way to end lifes conflicts But luckily he concludes that the fear of an unknown afterlife is what keeps us living All of Hamlets thoughts of despair can be understood when one looks at the horrible conflicts Hamlet goes through Sorrow perhaps the most evident emotion is very well developed throughout the play Initially the only cause of Hamlets sorrow is his fathers death However after reading Act 1 scene 2 we see in Hamlets asides that another source of his melancholy is his mothers hasty marriage to Claudius the new king of Denmark Further when Queen Gertrude asks her son why his fathers death seems so important he replies Seems madam Nay it is I know not seems In addition Shakespeare reveals another source of sadness now Hamlet is alone with the most loved character in his life Ophelia rejecting him This cause is well brought out in Hamlets soliloquy in which he states Now I am alone O what a rouge and peasant slave am I Finally
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