The Internal And External Struggle In Hamlet, By William Shakespeare

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The internal and external struggle within a person creates changes. The willingness to

make choices gives the individuals an opportunity to build a character or personality for

themselves. In the play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare the protagonist is in a constant battle

between his internal and external situations. This becomes problematic for Hamlet because

humanity has failed him. He questions human's existence from good to evil and for life or death.

Hamlet and other characters in the play face many overwhelming decisions and are in a

continuous conflict with humanity.

King Hamlet has passed away and his wife marries his brother, Claudius. He becomes the

new King of Denmark. Prince Hamlet is faced with troublesome news and
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Revenge has formed

Hamlet from doing obscure actions with other characters in the play. That led on to many

misleading assumptions about his actions and emotions. When he approached Orphelia, he

looked wild and crazy. Orphelia’s father, Polonius believed Hamlet was in love with Orphelia

but it wasn’t true. The internal struggle Hamlet faced created a change within his personality

which was insanity.

Claudius encounters a dilemma between reality and deception. When Claudius becomes

the King of Denmark and marries his brother’s wife. He shows remorse for his brother’s death.

In reality, he killed his own brother. He speaks to Prince Hamlet about the mourning of his

father, “But you must know your father lost a father, that father lost, lost his, and the survivor

bound in filial obligation for some term to do obsequious sorrow, but to persever in obstinate

condolement is a course of impious stubbornness, tis unmanly grief” (1.2.95). He criticizes

Hamlet for grieving his father’s death but Claudius wants Hamlet to move on. He doesn’t want

Hamlet to be suspicious.

When Hamlet figures out about the death of his father, he plots revenge against
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Claudius faced

many internal and external issues that created many dilemmas and difficult choices.

Humanity presents itself throughout the play and creates many conflicts within the

characters. Hamlet discusses about life and death, “O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt,

Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew, Or that the Everlasting had not fixedHis canon 'gainst self-

slaughter! O God, God, …. That grows to seed. Things rank and gross in nature possess it

merely” (1.2.129). Everything around him is immoral and Hamlet wants to take his life but he

can’t. It’s a sin. This becomes a major conflict for him because he questions humanity. Another

example is when good versus evil occurs and Hamlet has to choose. When Claudius murders

King Hamlet he commits an evil deed but when Prince Hamlet plots his revenge to kill Claudius

it’s justifiable to be morally good. And by killing Claudius, Hamlet is reestablishing proper

stability in Denmark. Yet, the irony that Hamlet stabbed and killed Polonius makes him morally

evil because he committed a sin. Humanity presents itself in many conflicting ways. It made it

challenging for Hamlet to decide what was morally

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