Essay on Hamlet

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Hamlet

Prince Hamlet devotes himself to avenging his father's death, but, because he is
contemplative and thoughtful by nature, he delays, entering into a deep melancholy and
even apparent madness. Claudius and Gertrude worry about the prince's erratic behavior and
attempt to discover its cause. They employ a pair of Hamlet's friends, Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern, to watch him. When Polonius, the pompous Lord Chamberlain, suggests that
Hamlet may be mad with love for his daughter, Ophelia, Claudius agrees to spy on Hamlet in
conversation with the girl. But though Hamlet certainly seems mad, he does not seem to
love Ophelia: he orders her to enter a nunnery and declares that he wishes to ban
marriages.

A group of traveling actors comes to Elsinore, and Hamlet seizes upon an idea to test his
uncle's guilt. He will have the players perform a scene closely resembling the sequence by
which Hamlet imagines his uncle to have murdered his father, so that if Claudius is
guilty, he will surely react. When the moment of the murder arrives in the theater,
Claudius leaps up and leaves the room. Hamlet and Horatio agree that this proves his
guilt. Hamlet goes to kill Claudius but finds him praying. Since he believes that killing
Claudius while in prayer would send Claudius's soul to heaven, Hamlet considers that it
would be an inadequate revenge and decides to wait. Claudius, now frightened of Hamlet's
madness and fearing for his own safety, orders that Hamlet be sent to England at once.

Hamlet goes to confront his mother, in whose bedchamber Polonius has hidden behind a
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