Hamlet Seminar Act 3 - Hamlet Seminar Act 3 2 Hamlets to be...

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Hamlet Seminar Act 3 2. Hamlet’s “to be or not to be” soliloquy differs from the others because it demonstrates an internal conflict rather than aggravation caused by an external conflict, as the others do. When he says “to be or not to be” he is referring to his own debate over whether he should commit suicide. This is also significant because Hamlet often exhibits great pride and self-importance, but in this particular soliloquy he questions his self-worth. 3. Hamlet’s behavior is justifiable in some ways because he knows he is being watched and he is trying to confuse those spying on him. They want to know if it is his love sickness driving him crazy, and his display of mood swings, saying he “once loved” Ophelia, or that he never loved her at all, cannot bring them to a conclusion. We can sense he is aware that he is being spied on when he says “Where’s your father… let the doors be shut upon him, that he may play the fool no where but in’s own house. Farewell” (3.1.131-134.) He asks where her father is randomly
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