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In William Shakespeares Hamlet the protagonist Hamlet exhibits a puzzling deceitful nature Hamlet contradicts himself throughout the play He endorses both the virtues of acting a role and that of being true to ones self He further supports both of these conflicting endorsements with his actions This contradiction is demonstrated by his alleged madness for he does behave madly only to become perfectly calm and rational an instant later These inconsistencies are related with the internal dilemmas he faces He struggles with the issue of revenging his fathers death-vowing to kill Claudius and then backing out several times because his personal feelings get involved Upon this point Hamlet stammers through the play The reason for this teetering is directly related to his inability to form a solid opinion about role playing If Hamlet were to stay committed to one character true or false and not become so wrapped up in his own opinions and guilt perhaps the ending of the play would have worked as planned and justice would have been served to the right people not the innocent In the first act Hamlet appears to be very straightforward in his actions and inner state When questioned by Gertrude about his low-spirited appearance Hamlet says Seems madam Nay it is I know not seems 12 This is to say I am what I appear to be Later In Act I Hamlet makes a clear statement about his state when he commits himself to revenge In this statement the play makes an easy to follow shift This shift consists of Hamlet giving up the role of a student and mourning son Hamlet says Ill wipe away all trivial fond records All saws of books all forms all pressures past That youth and observation copied there And thy commandment all alone shall live Within the book and volume of my brain 15 Hamlet is declaring that he will be committed to nothing else but the revenge
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