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Hamlet Line 1-39 It is said that it is every actors dream to play Hamlet and Hamlet quotes have become household words which crop up in the most diverse contexts Both critics and psychia trists have felt tempted to probe into the depths of this enigmatic Shakespeare character For Hamlet is a man who has got an extraordinary problem it is incredibly difficult for him to get a hold of himself and revenge the killing of his father by killing his murderer - even though it is expected of him to demand an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth In the first act we witness the fathers ghost haunting Hamlet and telling him that he has been murdered by his treasonable brother who poured poison into his ear while he was sleeping peacefully in his garden Subsequently his murderer succeeded in taking over his victims throne by marrying the sexy queen dowager Thus there is enough to revenge anyhow a fratricide is a disgusting crime Coupled with a sexual relationship that by the ethics of the time was considered as incest But worst of all it is a regicide which to an Elizabethan was outright sacrilege Though Hamlet is fully aware that it is his task to clear things up he keeps on procrasti nating and has got many excuses for not acting The explanations are valid and the only peculiar fact is that Hamlet has got so many reasons for waiting - a different one each time Furthermore it is characteristic in Hamlet that he only receives problems when he at last seizes the sword He is convinced that he has nailed his villainous uncle Claudius when he kills a person who is spying on him while he is talking seriously to his mother However the rat behind the tapestry is not the king himself only his loyal henchman Polonius who in addition is the father of two people
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