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There is always more to Hamlet than the other characters in the play can figure out Hamlet actually tells other characters that there is more to him than meets the eyenotably his mother and Rosencrantz and Guildensternbut his fascination involves much more than this When he speaks he sounds as if theres something important hes not saying maybe something even he is not aware of A university student whose studies are interrupted by his fathers death Hamlet is extremely philosophical and contemplative He is particularly drawn to difficult questions or questions that cannot be answered with any certainty Faced with evidence that his uncle murdered his father evidence that any other character in a play would believe Hamlet becomes obsessed with proving his uncles guilt The standard of beyond a reasonable doubt is simply unacceptable to him He is equally plagued with questions about the afterlife about the wisdom of suicide about what happens to bodies after they diethe list is extensive But even though he is thoughtful Hamlet also behaves rashly and impulsively When he does act it is surprisingly swift and without to much thought as when he stabs Polonius through a curtain without even checking to see who he is He seems to step very easily into the role of a madman behaving erratically and upsetting the other characters with his wild speech and innuendos It is also important to note that Hamlet is extremely melancholy and discontented with the state of affairs in Denmark and in his own familyindeed in the world at large He is extremely disappointed with his mother for marrying his uncle so quickly and he harshly rejects Ophelia a woman he once claimed to love His words often indicate his disgust with and distrust of women in general At a number of points in the play he contemplates his own death and even the option of suicide But despite all of the things
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