Regarding Shakespeare's Hamlet, can someone please help me with this question? Why is Hamlet so disturbed by watching the actors weep on stage as they play Queen Hecuba and King Priam?

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What disturbs Hamlet most of all in this scene is the fact that Hecuba's response to the death of her husband—as ably performed by the player—is so much more appropriate than Gertrude's to the death of her own husband, Hamlet's father. Hamlet feels deeply resentful towards his mother for the way she's behaved since her late husband's death. Most of all, he hates the indecent haste with which Gertrude remarried, to the man who actually murdered her husband, no less. The character of Hecuba presents Hamlet with the ideal of how a grieving widow should conduct herself. Just as he wants to use the troupe of actors to help him expose Claudius's villainy, he also wants their performance to highlight what he considers the inappropriateness of Gertrude's response to widowhood.

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One of Hamlet's main problems is that he cannot seem to get up the emotion or the necessary spirit to carry out the revenge he feels so strongly that he must carry out.  He knows that his father was murdered and he grows more and more sure of his uncle Claudius being behind the whole thing.

So he is ashamed of his own inaction when he sees the way the actors are moved to tears over this entirely false production of Hector and Priam.  He sees their tears and their seemingly real emotion and wonders why he feels nothing of the sort due to his very real problems.

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