What characters display guilt in Shakespeare's Hamlet? What are the quotes that indicate it?
Sir in my heart there was a kind of fighting
That would not let me sleep. Methought I lay
Worse than the mutines in the bilboes. Rashly,
And praised be rashness for it--let us know,
Our indiscretion sometime serves us well,
When our deep plots do pall;and that should learn us
There's a divinity that shapes our ends,
Rough-hew them how we will-- (V,ii,4-11)
It has been argued by critics that Gertrude, the Queen and mother of Hamlet feels guilt over her having married her husband's brother, Claudius, and married him so swiftly after the death of her husband. Certainly, the castigation of Hamlet has caused her to feel some shame, if not guilt. In the "closet scene" of Act III, she expresses remorse for her behavior near the end of this act:
Be thou assured, if words be made of breath
And breath of life, I have no life to breathe
What thou hast...
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