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12-1-00 Mr Mac Junior English Paper Hamlet Throughout the duration of the play Hamlet by Shakespeare the main character portrays many different personalities or faces in an effort to hide his true feelings The reader finds him to be very selective in whom he confides in At times Hamlet felt so strongly that he would not confide certain feelings with the woman whom he loved When Hamlet felt a sense of safety and sanctuary he was straightforward with those he was speaking with He would be so apt to speak the truth with characters like Rosencrantz Guildenstern Horatio Marcellus and Ophelia respectively Only speaking respectively so with Ophelia because he knew that she was helping the King to spy on him The reader may be unaware of it at the time but Hamlet struggles with deep inner conflicts throughout the play When Hamlet is in the company of friends he is more relaxed and more open When Hamlet is with his friends Horatio Marcellus and Bernardo he says The funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the marriage tablesp41 Hamlet eagerly explains his discontentment for the abrupt marriage of his mother to his uncle He almost seems scornful towards his mother at this time Yet it is understandable for a man in his position to feel that way With these types of events going on constantly around him it is not a surprise to the reader that Hamlet almost automatically goes into a defensive mode in an effort to protect himself He makes an attempt to express his true inner feelings to the reader in one of his soliloquies when he says O God God how weary stale flat and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world Things rank and gross in nature possess it merely That it should come to this but two months dead nay not so much not two so excellent a king that was to this
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