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In Shakespeares play Hamlet the character of Hamlet is seen in many situations with changing evolutions of thought The conscience plays a very important part in Shakespeares Hamlet and gives insight to actions and thought that take place within Act III scene I which includes perhaps the most famous of all of Shakespeares soliloquies Act V scene I regarding Yorick and the grave yard and lastly Act V scene II which involves Claudiuss wager on Hamlet The conscience is used in the play Hamlet for many important reasons It is used to bring justice and to reveal failures and shortcomings The fact that humans even have a conscience proves that they are doing something wrong By definition a conscience is the sense of rightness assuming theres a wrong thing to do The king is brought to justice by his conscience for doing the wrong thing Hamlet says The plays the thing Wherein Ill catch the conscience of the King II ii There is no problem in finding Claudiuss guilt acting on this new found conviction however is tricky because Hamlet must justify killing him His conscience is the battle between wills Gods and Hamlets This means Hamlet must consult his conscience before acting and therein lays his genius Most men Claudius included wait till sin until being accosted by conscience He says after the mousetrap caught him My fault is past But oh what form of prayerCan serve my turn Forgive me my foul murder III iii So Shakespeare is describing here how humans must act realizing were all flawed He is saying that the conscience is the key before acting as justly as possible Act III opens with Hamlets soliloquy in which he metaphorically obsesses with a personal dilemma that ponders within his mind The scene opens with the line To be or not to be IIIi Not only is this one of the most famous lines in English literature but this is the
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