Hamlet undergoes an identity crisis throughout much of the play. He comes home to a Danish court that seems so strangely altered that he hardly knows who he is or even if he wants to stay alive.
Hamlet's identity crisis is caused initially by the sudden death of his father, a man he greatly revered. He compares him to Hyperion, a sun god. He is distressed and upset that his uncle Claudius, a far lesser man, has assumed the throne, and worse, that his mother has married this man.
Hamlet's sense of crisis increases as he meets the ghost of his dead father, who claims that he was murdered by Claudius and demands that Hamlet avenge his death. In act I, scene v, Hamlet bemoans his fate. An identity he does not...
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