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How does Hamlets character develop in Acts IV and V?  

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Hamlet has spent much of Acts 1-3 procrastinating, some might even say vacillating, in avenging his father's death. He is an intelligent, sensitive, introspective young man by nature, and he spends much of his time deep in thought, pondering the evil that seems to surround him and the nature of life (and death) itself. By the end of Act IV, with the knowledge (thanks to the play) that Claudius is indeed guilty of the murder, Hamlet turns a corner of sorts. After a bitter soliloquy in which he chastises...

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