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Midterm - February 7 2008 ENG105 Midterm Hamlet reacts to...

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February 7, 2008 ENG105 Midterm Hamlet reacts to his surroundings by making free choices but some aspects of his life are prompted by outside factors. At the beginning of the play we find out that his father, King Hamlet, has suffered an untimely death. King Hamlet’s ghost is wandering the halls at the Elsinore and ultimately he talks to young Hamlet and reveals that he has in fact been murdered. Within their conversation the ghost urges Hamlet to avenge his death and make it known to the perpetrator, Hamlet’s uncle, that he knows what he has done (1.5.9-23). After finding this out Hamlet decides that he will act “mad” and in turn his family grows worried about him. In this instance, Hamlet is acting upon his own free will and reacts to the revealing of the ghost and still is unsure of his integrity. But because of this visit, Hamlet’s behavior changes and he becomes consumed with revealing the nature of his father’s death to everyone. With the knowledge that his uncle
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