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Explain Hamlet's comparison of himself to the actor.

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mitzwe | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 22, 2008 at 10:09 PM via web

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Explain Hamlet's comparison of himself to the actor.

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eabettencourt | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted October 23, 2008 at 6:01 AM (Answer #2)

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Hamlet watches the actor (or Leading Player) deliver a monologue in which he, the actor, becomes so emotionally invested that his performance is incredibly believable, including moments of rage and even ending in tears.  Later, Hamlet compares himself to this actor in his famous "O what a rogue and peasant slave am I" soliloquy.  He basically beats himself up for not having the same amount of passion about his real life situation as the actor has for a pretend situation.  Hamlet is desperately mad at himself for not having taken any action yet to avenge his father.

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