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What does Hamlet mean by "readiness is all"(5.2.218)?. What does such a...

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soldierboy | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 7, 2007 at 6:17 AM via web

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What does Hamlet mean by "readiness is all"(5.2.218)?. What does such a statement reflect about him?

could he have made such a statement in Act 1?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 7, 2007 at 7:14 AM (Answer #1)

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This shows Hamlet's realization that fate is in control. What is going to happen , will happen. Hamlet was not ready to say it in Act I, because his inaction to acting on his revenge was in full force. He was uncertain of what he should do until the end of the play.

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