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in 2.2 482-520 hamlet rebukes himself for not acting. why has he not acted? because he...

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madmackreeves | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 10, 2011 at 12:39 AM via web

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in 2.2 482-520 hamlet rebukes himself for not acting. why has he not acted? because he is a coward (line 503)?  because he has a conscience?

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 21, 2011 at 1:22 AM (Answer #1)

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The play is a dramatization of the difficulties of any action – of making the decision to act or not act.   Hamlet has no “proof” of his uncle’s guilt – only a “ghost” which may be an evil temptation and not really his father’s spirit.  He does not want to act if the ghost is nothing but his own distorted desire for power. 

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