Do you think Hamlet is intelligent? What are two specific passages in the play that reflect Hamlet's intelligence?

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Hamlet is clearly intelligent, as he understands other people and their motives well. He can see behind their actions and understand their true thoughts and feelings. For example, he realizes that his mother, Gertrude, is faking her sympathy and grief about her husband's death. Hamlet says, "a beast, that wants discourse of reason / would have mourn'd longer." He means that even a lowly animal would have mourned his or her mate longer than she has. He does not accept surface impressions but understands people's deeper emotions.

Later in the play, he believes that actors can move the audience to show their true emotions, and he devises a plan to put on a play that replicates his father's death so that his uncle, Claudius, shows his guilt and repentance about killing Hamlet's father (who is Claudius's brother). Hamlet says, "the play 's the thing / Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king." This plan shows his intelligence, as Hamlet is a wily manipulator of others.

Hamlet is indeed very...

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