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Changes I Would Make In Hamlet

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Changes I Would Make in Hamlet


After Hamlet is put ashore in Denmark by pirates in act four, scene six of Hamlet, he is transformed from a man of contemplation into a man of action.

Before his aborted voyage to England, Hamlet spends the majority of the play (between the first scene of the second act and the fifth scene of the fourth act) deciding what to do about his dead father's command to avenge his "foul and most unnatural murder." Although Hamlet believes that revenge upon his uncle is the morally correct thing to do, and that revenge is required by familial loyalty, he still finds many excuses to delay. The most striking example of an excuse that Hamlet finds to avoid killing his uncle comes in act three, scene three, when Hamlet comes close to killing his uncle, but abstains from doing the deed because his uncle is praying.


At one point in act three, scene one, Hamlet even considers suicide as an alternative to avenging father, saying that the "sleep of death," with its end to the "heartaches and the thousand natural shocks/ That flesh is heir to" is a "consummation/ devoutly to be wished." Suicide is not a new idea for Hamlet: In act one, scene two, Hamlet reveals to his mother and uncle that he has been depressed since his father's death by saying "I have that within which passes show/ These but the trappings and the suits of woe." Later in the scene, he goes on to proclaim, "O... that the Everlasting had not fixed/ His canon 'gainst self-slaughter!"


After his return to Denmark, Hamlet shows himself to be more a man of action in several ways. In scene one of act five, he loudly challenges Laertes and his love for his dead sister, claiming that because he loved Ophelia more than Laertes, whatever Laertes...

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