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Hamlets famous soliloquy is actually an internalized conflict between the old world and the new one Hamlet is struggling to figure out whether he should use his mind and consequently words to overcome Claudius or whether he should resort to vengeful violence To be or not to be that is the question Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them Ophelia ends up in a very compromising situation in this act Through her obedience of Polonius she has lost her lover and is therefore reliant on her father Hamlet understanding what has happened is cruel to her and orders her to Get thee to a nunnery Why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners 31122 However the nunnery is also an Elizabethan slang for a whorehouse Either way this is not a viable alternative for her she must either marry and leave her father or suffer With the loss of her father at the end of the act Ophelia is left without anyone to protect her and eventually goes insane as a result Ophelia while talking with Hamlet mentions the fact that Hamlet has failed to live up to expectations especially now that he is mad O what a noble mind is here oerthrown The courtiers soldiers scholars eye tongue sword Thexpectancy and rose of the fair state 31149-151 She is addressing the fact that Hamlet cannot hope to become king since he has overthrown his own self Through his madness he has disqualified himself from being elected to the kingship forcing him to either exact revenge on Claudius or flee the state of Denmark Acting takes on several important roles in this scene It is foremost a form of action since Hamlet is unable to act against Claudius until he pretend acts via the scene he has written
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