What are some of Hamlet's internal conflicts?

Hamlet's most important internal conflict concerns the killing of Claudius. After being told by the ghost of his father that it was Claudius who killed him, Hamlet vows revenge. Yet Hamlet wavers, concerned as he is with maintaining the standards of a Christian prince.

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Hamlet feels betrayed by everyone around him, and this causes great internal conflict. His greatest fear is that the Ghost's words are true and that his uncle has actually murdered his father. If this is true, it also means that Hamlet must avenge his father's murder.

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Hamlet feels betrayed by everyone around him, and this causes great internal conflict. His greatest fear is that the Ghost's words are true and that his uncle has actually murdered his father. If this is true, it also means that Hamlet must avenge his father's murder.

He also faces the possible betrayal of his mother. Hamlet isn't sure that Gertrude isn't involved in his father's death. After he stabs Polonius, thinking it's Claudius, he tells Gertrude that this bloody deed is almost as bad as "kill[ing] a king and marry[ing] his brother" (3.4.30). Gertrude denies such involvement, but it isn't clear whether Hamlet's fears are completely unfounded.

Ophelia is used as a pawn by her brother and father in order to gain information about Hamlet's motives and mental state. Hamlet has recently been involved in a relationship with her, and he seemingly truly loved her. Yet in Ophelia, he finds one more person whom he can no longer trust. Ophelia finds herself to be the subject of a great deal of wrath that comes from these feelings of betrayal, and Hamlet scoffs that "God has given [her] one face and [she] make[s] [herself] another" (3.1.143). The "face" in this line becomes a metaphor for Ophelia's personality or loyalty.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two of Hamlet's old friends, also show up at the castle for a "friendly" visit. Hamlet is at first glad to see them, but his feelings quickly change when they won't honestly tell him why they are there. Hamlet asks them several times to be forthright about the purpose of their visit. They refuse. Hamlet asks them to be "direct" with him and proclaims, "If you love me, / hold not off" (2.2.300–301). This finally elicits a more truthful, though guarded, response from his old friends, but Hamlet realizes that they have already committed themselves to the loyalty of Claudius.

At every turn, Hamlet finds that he has been betrayed by people whom he once loved. This creates great internal conflict, which makes it difficult for Hamlet to trust anyone as he tries to discern the truth about Claudius.

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Hamlet is a very complicated young man, emotionally and intellectually. A multifaceted individual, Hamlet is a man of many parts, so it's hardly surprising that he should be riven by internal conflicts of one sort or another.

The biggest internal conflict with which he must deal concerns his avowed aim to take revenge on Claudius, his wicked stepfather/uncle. Hamlet makes this vow right after the ghost of his father tells him that it was Claudius who murdered him while he slept in the garden one day.

And yet, as just about everyone who knows anything about Hamlet knows, the title character procrastinates. Instead of dashing off and running Claudius through with a sword, he hesitates, unable to do what he knows needs to be done.

Essentially, Hamlet is torn between his duties as a son and as a Christian prince. This helps to explain why he doesn't strike down Claudius while he's at prayer, even though it would be the easiest thing in the world to do. Hamlet is enough of a Christian to believe that Claudius might go to heaven if he's killed while praying, and that's the very last thing that he wants.

But cleaving to the ideal of what a Christian prince should be comes at the cost of inaction, so Hamlet is unable to settle his score with Claudius in a timely manner.

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One internal conflict is his seeming fear of action; this results from his confusion over expectations of the Ghost and expectations of his religion.  He wants to avenge his father's death, but questions whether or not the Ghost is truly his father.  Because of this question and his religious beliefs, he suffers from inaction, from his failure to make a move.  He eventually compares himself to Fortinbras who can make a decision and act almost instantly, and this causes him considerable distress. 

He is also struggling internally with his love for his mother.  On the one hand, he truly loves his mother; on the other, he despises her for marrying her husband's brother and so soon after his father's death.  Her actions condemn her in the eyes of their Church and doom her in Hamlet's eyes

He is also having trouble dealing with Ophelia's betrayal.  Again, he loves her but is disgusted by her behavior: her trickery in refusing to keep his tokens of affection and her unwillingness to be honest with him reveal her betrayal.  For all of this, he reacts violently and cruelly, only to find out later that he has made a grave mistake. 

In all, Hamlet is suffering internally.  His father, mother, uncle, and lover have all caused him to doubt his own decision making, and for this he is thrown into terrible fits of internal depression.  

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Hamlet appears to struggle with a sense of self-doubt. This is seen in his struggle with acting on his plot of revenge. Hamlet has vowed to avenge his father's murder, but for much of the play he does not act on it. This causes him to struggle with himself. At times, he curses his inability to act. Hamlet is more of a philosopher than an action oriented man, he tends to think things through and wonder at what motivates action than actually going through with something.

Hamlet seems to struggle with depression, as well. His thoughts on the people in his life, and life itself, are often dark and negative(although-rightly so at times!).

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